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The Genbi shinkansen

Between Niigata and Echigo-Yzuwa

shinkansen and art

The Genbi Shinkansen with a Japan Rail Pass
The Genbi shinkansen operated on the Joetsu Line is accessible with a Japan Rail Pass and a JR East Nagano Niigata Pass.

Between Echigo Yuzawa and Niigata and during 50 minutes,  passengers can enjoy modern art created by some of today’s most prominent artists. 

 
The genbi Shinkansen Interior with a Japan Rail Pass
The first car was decorated in Yellow by Nao Matsumoto based on the theme of rich harvests and festivals.

In the second coach, the wall is filled with mirror. As the train is moving, the passengers can enjoy watching the contrast between the moving landscape and themselves standing still.

In the other coaches, passengers can walk around. They will find a café that serve "Tsubame Coffee" and desserts and that use local ingredients with menu direction by Romi Igarashi. A kids room is also available. 
The Genbi shinkansen route with a Japan Rail pass
As the train is not scheduled every day, it is better to check the operation date on the JR East website.

The departure trains schedule is :
- From Echigo Yuzawa : 8:24 ; 1:44; 15:20
- From Niigata : 11:26 ; 14:02; 16:42

Please note that the first car needs a seat-reservation.

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