A N700-7000 series shinkansen on the Sanyo Shinkansen
|Predecessor||Hikari Rail Star|
|First service||1951 (Limited express)|
|Current operator(s)||JR Kyushu, JR West|
|Line(s) used||Kyushu Shinkansen, Sanyo Shinkansen|
|Rolling stock||800 series/N700-7000 series/N700-8000 series|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Electrification||25 kV AC|
|Operating speed||300 km/h (185 mph)|
It was formerly a limited express sleeper train service operated by JR Kyushu, which ran from Tokyo to Nagasaki and Sasebo in Kyushu, Japan. This former service was discontinued in 2005 due to revised timetables.
(*) Not served by all trains
N700 series (8 cars)
Services are formed as shown below with car 1 at the Kagoshima-Chuo end. All cars are no smoking except for smoking compartments in cars 3 and 7. Unusually, reserved ordinary class seats are wider than unreserved seats.
|Facilities||Toilet||Smoking compartment, Toilet, cardphone||Toilet||Smoking compartment, Toilet, wheelchair space||Cardphone|
800 series (6 cars)
All cars are no smoking.
Limited express service
From 12 March 2011, the Sakura name was revived once again for the new shinkansen services operating between Shin-Osaka and Kagoshima-Chūō using new JR West N700-7000 series and JR Kyushu N700-8000 series 8-car trainsets.
Sakura trains operate once every hour between Shin-Osaka and Kagoshima-Chūō throughout the day. One morning service departs from Kumamoto to Shin-Osaka. There are also additional Sakura services between Hakata and Kagoshima-Chuo during the daytime. Some Sakura runs within the Kyushu Shinkansen are operated by 6-car 800 series trains.
In the 1990s, the train was formed of up to fourteen 14 series sleeping cars, including two cafeteria cars. The train was hauled by a JR West Class EF66 electric locomotive between Tokyo and Shimonoseki, a JR Kyushu Class EF81 electric locomotive between Shimonoseki and Moji (through the undersea Kanmon Tunnel), and by JR Kyushu Class ED76 electric locomotives from Moji to Nagasaki and Sasebo.
- JR Kyushu: "新幹線の列車名決定!!" Archived 19 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 26 February 2009. (in Japanese)
- 列車名鑑1995 [Train Name Directory 1995]. Japan: Railway Journal. August 1995.
- こだわりの新幹線＆特急列車ガイド [In-depth Shinkansen & Limited Express Guide]. Japan: Ikaros Publishing. August 2000. ISBN 4-87149-284-2.
- 平成23年春ダイヤ改正 [Spring 2011 timetable revision] (Press release) (in Japanese). JR Kyushu. 17 December 2010. Archived from the original on 20 December 2010. Retrieved 19 December 2010.