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Suspension of Tohoku and Hokkaido Shinkansen Due to A Big Typhoon (Lionrock or #10)

August 30, 2016

A big typhoon (Lionrock in English, #10 in Japanese) is approaching the northeast part of Japan as of Aug 30, 2016.

Twenty two lines of Tohoku Shinkansen and Hokkaido Shinkansen are suspended due to this typhoon.

Latest status / suspension info of Tohoku Shinkansen can be checked on the website below which JR-EAST provides.


Latest status / suspension info of Hokkaido Shinkansen is not available in English on the internet. JR Hokkaido provides this info only in Japanese as below.

Please check the latest information at the local station, hotel, etc.

Seat guide

Shinkansen seats are available in four levels depending on the comfort and services your require.

Ordinary Seat

Regular seats used on Reserved cars and Unreserved cars of Shinkansen. Consider it as "economy class" seat.

Green Seat

Better seats with more space than ordinary seats. All Green Seats are reserved only. Consider it as "business class" seats.

Reserved Seat (Ordinary Reserved Seat)

Your seat is reserved and secured when you book your tickets. Head to the station with a peace of mind.
Seats are the same as Ordinary Seat.

Green Reserved Seat

Better seats and free blankets. Popular among Japanese business persons, executives and people who values comfortable travel. Consider it as "business class" seats.

GranClass Seat

Know as "First Class" of Shinkansen seats. Only available on Hokuriku and Tohoku Shinkansen lines. Gran Class seats comes with airline-like amenities and meals.The most expensive of all.

Unreserved Seat

You can take any open seats in unreserved cars of any train on the departure date. (No departure time will be indicated on your tickets.)
The best seat type if your priority is the cost and are traveling during less-crowded season/time.



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