November 28, 2021

Hakutaka is a nickname for a special express train operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) and West Japan Railway Company (JR West) mainly between Tokyo Station and Kanazawa Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen. This section also describes the limited express "Hakutaka" that was operated on the Hokuriku Main Line and Hokuriku Express Hokuhoku Line before the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen and during the JNR era.


In October 1965, the limited express "Hakutaka" separated the "Swan" bound for Ueno and started operation between Ueno Station and Kanazawa Station via the Shin-Etsu Main Line Nagano. With the revision in October 1969, it was changed to the Joetsu Line via Nagaoka and turned into a train. It was abolished with the opening of the Joetsu Shinkansen in November 1982, and six years later, in 1988, the express delivery type limited express "Kagayaki" started operation between Nagaoka Station and Kanazawa Station. After that, with the opening of the Hokuhoku Express Hokuhoku Line on March 22, 1997, it was revived as a train connecting the Tokyo metropolitan area and the Hokuriku region by connecting to the Joetsu Shinkansen at Echigo Yuzawa Station instead of "Kagayaki". With the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen Nagano Station-Kanazawa Station on March 14, 2015, the conventional line limited express "Hakutaka" was finally abolished on March 13 the day before the opening, and its name is Tokyo-Kanazawa. It was diverted to a stop-type Shinkansen train to be operated. It was the first time in about 33 years since the abolition of the Joetsu Shinkansen that "Hakutaka" went directly from the Tokyo metropolitan area to the Hokuriku region. In addition, "Kagayaki" has been revived for the first time in about 18 years as an express delivery type train that runs in the same section as "Hakutaka".

Origin of train name

The train name is derived from the white hawk "Shirataka" that appears in the legend of Kaisan (Shirataka legend) in Tateyama. In fact, there is no hawk of the type "Hawk". The train name when the Hokuriku Shinkansen Kanazawa opened was decided by open recruitment, and "Hakutaka" was ranked first. The reason for the selection is said to be "because it has a sense of speed and is popular as a train that connects the metropolitan area and Hokuriku." "Kagayaki" was 5th, "Tsurugi" was 4th, and "Asama" was 7th.

Shinkansen "Hakutaka"

Operation overview

Regular trains operate 14 round trips between Tokyo Station and Kanazawa Station, and 1 round trip between Nagano Station and Kanazawa Station. In addition, one extra train from Joetsu Myoko to Nagano will be set up early in the morning on weekdays, connecting to "Kagayaki" or "Asama" bound for Tokyo at Nagano Station.

Stop station

* Driving only on weekdays (suspended on Saturdays and holidays) The section between Tokyo Station and Nagano Station is operated as an express train next to "Kagayaki", and all trains pass through Kumagaya Station, Honjo Waseda Station, and Annakaharuna Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen section. In addition, there are basically local trains between Nagano Station and Kanazawa Station, but Iiyama Station has three round-trip trains. In addition, special trains that pass through Itoigawa Station and Kurobe-Unazuki Onsen Station are set.

Transition of stop stations

At the time of opening (March 14, 2015 timetable revision)

Stop station ... ●: Stop,-: Pass

Vehicles used / organization

E7 series trains (F formation, belonging to JR East Nagano Shinkansen Vehicle Center / Niigata Shinkansen Vehicle Center) and W7 series trains (W formation, belonging to JR West Hakusan General Railroad Station) will be allocated. Both E7 and W7 series are 12-car trains, with cars 1-4 being reserved seats for ordinary cars, cars 5-10 being reserved seats for ordinary cars, car 11 being reserved seats for green cars, and car 12 being reserved seats for Gran Class cars. In addition, on some down trains, car No. 5 may have unreserved seats for ordinary cars. In that case, the reserved seats for ordinary cars will be cars 6-10. In addition, the "Hakutaka 596" bound for Nagano from Joetsu Myoko, which is set only on weekday mornings, is free for cars 6-9.

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