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Joetsu Shinkansen

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The Joetsu Shinkansen (上越新幹線, Jōetsu Shinkansen) is a shinkansen line that connects Tokyo with Niigata. It was opened in 1982 and is operated by the East Japan Railway Company, commonly known as JR East. It provides tourists with access to hot spring and ski resorts in Gunma and Niigata.

Two train categories operate on the Joetsu Shinkansen:

The Toki is the faster of the two train categories along the Joetsu Shinkansen. It runs between Tokyo and Niigata Stations. A small number of Toki trains are coupled to a Tanigawa train between Tokyo and Echigo-Yuzawa. Some Toki trains use 2-story train sets and are known as MAX Toki with some non-reserved cars with rows of 3x3 non-reclinable seats on their second floor. All other ordinary seats come in rows of 3x2 seats, and Green Cars with rows of 2x2 seats.

The Tanigawa is the slower of the two train categories along the Joetsu Shinkansen, serving all stations between Tokyo and Echigo-Yuzawa Stations. During the winter months, some trains continue to Gala Yuzawa Station at the base of the Gala Yuzawa ski resort. A small number of Tanigawa trains are coupled to a Toki train between Tokyo and Echigo-Yuzawa and skip a few stations along the way.

Some Tanigawa trains use 2-story train sets and are known as MAX Tanigawa with some non-reserved cars with rows of 3x3 non-reclinable seats on their second floor. All other ordinary seats come in rows of 3x2 seats, and Green Cars with rows of 2x2 seats. Some trains during AM and PM rush hours are fully non-reserved (except Green Cars).

Note: For simplification, some rare train compositions and stopping patterns are omitted.

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