Tanigawa (train)

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]

A Max Tanigawa service in March 2017 operated by an E4 series train
Service typeShinkansen
LocaleHonshu, Japan
First service15 November 1982 (Limited express)
1 October 1997 (Shinkansen)
Current operator(s)JR East
Former operator(s)JNR
EndEchigo-Yuzawa or Gala Yuzawa
Line(s) usedJoetsu Shinkansen
Gala-Yuzawa Line
On-board services
Class(es)Green + standard
Catering facilitiesTrolley service
Rolling stockE2 series, E4 series
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification25 kV AC, 50 Hz
Operating speed240 km/h (150 mph)

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]

See also


  • JR Timetable, December 2008
  1. JR新幹線&特急列車ファイル [JR Shinkansen & Limited Express Train File]. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. 2008. ISBN 978-4-330-00608-6.
  2. 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.

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