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A 400 series Tsubasa service at Yonezawa Station, March 2005

The Yamagata Shinkansen (山形新幹線 ?) is a Mini-shinkansen route in Japan, and is a part of the JR East railway company. It provides service between Tokyo and Shinjō in Yamagata Prefecture over the tracks of the Tōhoku Shinkansen and the Ōu Main Line.

The term Yamagata Shinkansen refers to the segment that connects Fukushima in Fukushima Prefecture and Shinjō.



Trains consist of 7-car 400 series and E3 series trainsets operating as Tsubasa services. Between Tokyo and Fukushima, the trains run coupled to Yamabiko trains on the Tōhoku Shinkansen. Between Fukushima and Shinjō, the trains run on their own.


  • July 1, 1992: Tsubasa services start from Tokyo to Yamagata with 6-car 400 Series Shinkansen attached to a 200 Series Shinkansen on Tōhoku Shinkansen tracks between Tokyo and Fukushima.
  • December 1, 1995: Trains are extended to 7 cars.
  • December 4, 1999: Line is extended to Shinjō.
  • September 21, 2001: Double-decker E4 Series Shinkansen replace the 200 series trains on the Tōhoku Shinkansen.
  • March 18, 2007: All cars are made non-smoking.


The stations consist of those on the segment of the Tōhoku Shinkansen plus the following:

Station Japanese Distance (km)
from Fukushima
Transfers Location
Fukushima 福島 0.0 Tōhoku Shinkansen, Tōhoku Main Line, Ōu Main Line, Abukuma Express Line, Iizaka Line Fukushima Fukushima Prefecture
Yonezawa 米沢 40.1 Ōu Main Line, Yonesaka Line Yonezawa Yamagata Prefecture
Takahata 高畠 49.9 Ōu Main Line Takahata
Akayu 赤湯 56.1 Ōu Main Line, Flower Nagai Line Nanyō
Kaminoyama Onsen かみのやま温泉 75.0 Ōu Main Line Kaminoyama
Yamagata 山形 87.1 Senzan Line, Aterazawa Line, Ōu Main Line Yamagata
Tendō 天童 100.4 Ōu Main Line Tendō
Sakurambo Higashine さくらんぼ東根 108.1 Ōu Main Line Higashine
Murayama 村山 113.5 Ōu Main Line Murayama
Ōishida 大石田 126.9 Ōu Main Line Ōishida
Shinjō 新庄 148.6 Ōu Main Line, Rikuu East Line, Rikuu West Line Shinjō

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