Tanigawa (train)

Tanigawa (train)

Tanigawa service operated by an E4 series
Service type Shinkansen
Status Operational
Locale Honshu, Japan
Predecessor Toki
First service 15 November 1982 (Limited express)
1 October 1997 (Shinkansen)
Current operator(s) JR East
Former operator(s) JNR
Start Tokyo
End Echigo-Yuzawa
Line used Joetsu Shinkansen
On-board services
Class(es) Green + standard
Catering facilities Trolley service
Rolling stock E2 series, E4 series
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 25 kV AC, 50 Hz
Operating speed 240 km/h (150 mph)

The Tanigawa (たにがわ) is a high-speed train service operated by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) on the Joetsu Shinkansen in Japan.[1]

Rolling stock

Former rolling stock

  • 185 series EMUs (15 November 1982 - September 1997)
  • E1 series (Max Tanigawa) (until September 2012)
  • 200 series 10-car "K" sets (1 October 1997 - 15 March 2013)


The name Tanigawa (written as "谷川") was first introduced on 15 November 1982 for limited express services operating between Ueno in Tokyo and Minakami on the Jōetsu Line.[3]

From 1 October 1997, the name (written as "たにがわ") was used for the all-stations services between Tokyo and Echigo-Yuzawa on the Jōetsu Shinkansen, replacing the previous Toki all-stations services. During the winter skiing season, trains terminate and start at the seasonal Gala-Yuzawa Station.[1]

E2 series 10-car sets were introduced on three return Tanigawa services daily from 26 January 2013, operating at a maximum speed of 240 km/h.[2][4]


  • JR Timetable, December 2008
  1. ^ a b JR新幹線&特急列車ファイル [JR Shinkansen & Limited Express Train File]. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. 2008.  
  2. ^ a b "上越新幹線でE2系の定期運用再開" [E2 series returns to regular duties on Joetsu Shinkansen]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  3. ^ 列車名鑑1995 [Train Name Directory 1995]. Japan: Railway Journal. August 1995. 
  4. ^ E2系車両を上越新幹線に投入! [E2 series trains to be introduced on Joetsu Shinkansen] (PDF). News Release (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 

External links

  • Tanigawa/Nasuno/Toki/Yamabiko200 series (Japanese)
  • Max Tanigawa/Max TokiE1 series (Japanese)
  • Max Tanigawa/Max TokiE4 series (Japanese)