H5 Series Shinkansen

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H5 series
H5 impression (E5 U3 Omiya 20110306).JPG
A digitally-altered image showing how the H5 series trains are expected to appear
Manufacturer Hitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries
Constructed 2014–2015
Entered service March 2016 (scheduled)
Number under construction 40 vehicles (4 sets)
Number built None
Number in service None
Formation 10 cars per trainset
Capacity 731 (658 Standard, 55 Green, 18 Gran Class)
Operator JR Hokkaido
Line(s) served Tohoku Shinkansen, Hokkaido Shinkansen
Car body construction Aluminium alloy
Maximum speed 320 km/h (200 mph)
Electric system(s) 25 kV AC, 50 Hz overhead catenary
Current collection method Pantograph
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)

The H5 series (H5系?) is a Japanese Shinkansen high-speed train type on order by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido) for use on Hokkaido Shinkansen services starting when the line opens in March 2016.[1][2] A total of four 10-car sets are on order, to be built by Hitachi and Kawasaki Heavy Industries at a cost of approximately 18 billion yen.[2] The first sets are scheduled to be delivered in October 2014.[3]


The H5 series is directly based on the E5 series trains operated by JR East on the Tohoku Shinkansen since 2011, and will have an identical maximum operating speed of 320 km/h (200 mph), although this will be limited to 260 km/h (160 mph) on the Hokkaido Shinkansen, and to 140 km/h (85 mph) on the shared track running through the undersea Seikan Tunnel.[1] All cars feature active suspension, and tilt by up 1.5 degrees through curves.[1]


The exterior finish of the trains will be similar to the JR East E5 series, with a colour scheme of "Tokiwa" (常盤?) green for the upper body and "Hiun" (飛雲?) white for the lower body, separated by a "Saika" (彩香?) purple stripe intended to evoke images of lilac, lupin, and lavender flowers for which Hokkaido is famous.[1]


The trains have three classes of accommodation: premium Gran Class (car 10), Green class (car 9), and Standard class (cars 1 to 8).

Gran Class[edit]

Car 10 (at the northern end) is designated "Gran Class", featuring 18 seats arranged in 2+1 abreast configuration with a seat pitch of 1,300 mm (51.2 in).[1] AC power outlets are provided for all seats.[1] The carpet in the Gran Class car is blue with a pattern intended to evoke images of Hokkaido's sea and lakes.[4]

Green car[edit]

Car 9 is designated as "Green car" (first class) accommodation with 55 seats arranged in 2+2 abreast configuration and a seat pitch of 1,160 mm (45.7 in).[1] AC power outlets are provided for all seats.[1] The carpet in the Green car is dark grey with a pattern depicting the ocean with fragments of drift ice.[4]

Standard class[edit]

Standard class (cars 1 to 8) accommodation is arranged in 3+2 abreast configuration with a seat pitch of 1,040 mm (40.9 in).[1] AC power outlets are provided for window seats and rows of seats at car ends.[1] The interior of the standard-class cars is intended to evoke images of snow and the night view of Hakodate.[4]


The 10-car sets are formed with eight motored ("M") cars and two non-powered trailer ("T") cars. Car 1 is at the southern end.[1] Cars 3 and 7 each have one single-arm pantograph.[1]


Details of the new trains on order were announced by JR Hokkaido in April 2014. The first two sets of the order are scheduled to be delivered to Hakodate Depot by road from Hakodate Port between 6 and 19 October 2014, with test running commencing before the end of the year.[3] The remaining two sets on order are scheduled to be delivered in 2015.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "北海道新幹線用車両について" [Hokkaido Shinkansen Train Details] (pdf). News release (in Japanese). Japan: Hokkaido Railway Company. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "北海道新幹線「H5系」、内装には雪の結晶も" [Hokkaido Shinkansen "H5 series" - Interiors to feature snowflake design]. Yomiuri Online (in Japanese). Japan: The Yomiuri Shimbun. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "北海道新幹線車両、函館港に10月陸揚げ 今年まず20両、基地へ陸送" [Hokkaido Shinkansen trains to arrive at Hakodate Port in October with 20 vehicles delivered to depot this year]. Doshin Web (in Japanese). Japan: The Hokkaido Shimbun Press. 19 March 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Ishibashi, Ryosuke (17 April 2014). "JR Hokkaido reveals design of new bullet train series". Asia & Japan Watch. Japan: The Asahi Shimbun Company. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 

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