JOYFUL TRAINS

KAIRI

Service interval: Niigata to Sakata Stations

  • The KAIRI debuts on October 5, 2019
  • KAIRI

The KAIRI ("marine village") train was designed around the concepts of the cuisine of Niigata and Shonai and of the beautiful vistas of the Sea of Japan. Experience the charms of the region through the foods served aboard the KAIRI.

The KAIRI is a new hybrid diesel configured with four cars providing service between Niigata and Sakata. Expressing a dynamic fusion of the setting sun and fresh snow using color gradation, the exterior was designed to become the newest addition to the Niigata landscape.

The sea and village life are prominent characteristics of Niigata Prefecture and the Shonai region of Yamagata Prefecture. With the idea of passengers enjoying wonderful seafood and village cooking while gazing at picturesque panoramas, the KAIRI was named for the sea (kai) and villages (ri).

Car interior

Car no. 1

The primary feature of this car is dual reclining seats. Relax in this spacious car while enjoying the beautiful views of the Sea of Japan, the Echigo and Shonai Plains and the Three Mountains of Dewa.

Car no. 1

Car no. 2

Each compartment in this car seats four people. The seats can be folded down into a full-flat position for stretching out the legs and an extra level of relaxation.

Car no. 2

Car no. 3: Shop

The foods sold in this car will make your KAIRI ride an epicurean delight. Enjoy foods made from fresh Niigata and Shonai ingredients. Made specially for the KAIRI, you will not find these products anywhere else. This car also serves as an event space where food and scenic beauty intersect.

Car no. 3: Shop

Car no. 4: Dining

The dining car features both two-person and four-person seating where passengers can enjoy Niigata and Shonai cuisines to their hearts' content. The plates and other dishes used have been carefully selected to complement the foods.

Car no. 4: Dining

Car layout

  • Sakata
  • Niigata
  • Car no.1 30 reclining seats, Car no.2 32 compartment seats , Car no.3 Onboard shop and event space, Car no.4 24 dining seats

Hybrid diesel HB-300 series – four cars, 86-passenger capacity

Note: Layout images are illustrations.

Regular stops

Regular stops

Note:

  • The station stops are subject to change.

Route & Timetables

KAIRI (Winter timetable)

Stops Outbound Inbound
Niigata 10:11 (dep.) 18:31 (arr.)
Shibata 10:37 (dep.) 18:06 (dep.)
Nakajō 10:50 (dep.) 17:55 (dep.)
Sakamachi 10:58 (dep.) 17:47 (dep.)
Murakami 11:08 (dep.) 17:36 (dep.)
Kuwagawa 11:24 (arr.)
11:25 (dep.)
17:21 (dep.)
17:20 (arr.)
Sasagawa-nagare
(Sea of Japan coastline)
(Scenic spot for foamy seas) (Scenic spot for foamy seas)
Atsumi-Onsen 11:53 (arr.)
11:53 (dep.)
16:55 (dep.)
Tsuruoka 12:22 (dep.) 16:33 (dep.)
16:23 (arr.)
Amarume 12:34 (dep.) 16:11 (dep.)
Sakata 12:44 (arr.) 16:00 (dep.)
Stops Outbound Inbound
  • * The above information is current as of January 2022.
  • * The stops and times may be subject to change.
  • * Depending on the situation, it may sometimes not be possible to operate at reduced speeds, and scheduled stops may be shortened.

KAIRI

Stops Outbound Inbound
Niigata 10:11 (dep.) 18:31 (arr.)
Shibata 10:37 (dep.) 18:06 (dep.)
Nakajō 10:50 (dep.) 17:55 (dep.)
Sakamachi 10:58 (dep.) 17:47 (dep.)
Murakami 11:08 (dep.) 17:36 (dep.)
Kuwagawa 11:24 (arr.)
11:44 (dep.)
17:21 (dep.)
16:52 (arr.)
Sasagawa-nagare
(Sea of Japan coastline)
(Scenic spot) (Scenic spot)
Atsumi-Onsen 12:20 (arr.)
12:30 (dep.)
16:17 (dep.)
Tsuruoka 12:57 (dep.) 15:53 (dep.)
15:23 (arr.)
Amarume 13:09 (dep.) 15:10 (dep.)
Sakata 13:20 (arr.) 15:00 (dep.)
Stops Outbound Inbound
  • * The above information is current as of January 2022.
  • * The stops and times may be subject to change.
  • * Depending on the situation, it may sometimes not be possible to operate at reduced speeds, and scheduled stops may be shortened.

KAIRI (Revised inbound timetable)

Stops Outbound Inbound
Niigata 10:11 (dep.) 18:31 (arr.)
Shibata 10:37 (dep.) 18:06 (dep.)
Nakajō 10:50 (dep.) 17:55 (dep.)
Sakamachi 10:58 (dep.) 17:47 (dep.)
Murakami 11:08 (dep.) 17:36 (dep.)
Kuwagawa 11:24 (arr.)
11:44 (dep.)
17:21 (dep.)
17:20 (arr.)
Sasagawa-nagare
(Sea of Japan coastline)
(Scenic spot) (Scenic spot)
Atsumi-Onsen 12:20 (arr.)
12:30 (dep.)
16:55 (dep.)
Tsuruoka 12:57 (dep.) 16:33 (dep.)
16:23 (arr.)
Amarume 13:09 (dep.) 16:11 (dep.)
Sakata 13:20 (arr.) 16:00 (dep.)
Stops Outbound Inbound
  • * The above information is current as of January 2022.
  • * The stops and times may be subject to change.
  • * Depending on the situation, it may sometimes not be possible to operate at reduced speeds, and scheduled stops may be shortened.

KAIRI (Revised outbound timetable)

Stops Outbound Inbound
Niigata 10:11 (dep.) 18:31 (arr.)
Shibata 10:37 (dep.) 18:06 (dep.)
Nakajō 10:50 (dep.) 17:55 (dep.)
Sakamachi 10:58 (dep.) 17:47 (dep.)
Murakami 11:08 (dep.) 17:36 (dep.)
Kuwagawa 11:24 (arr.)
11:25 (dep.)
17:21 (dep.)
16:52 (arr.)
Sasagawa-nagare
(Sea of Japan coastline)
(Scenic spot) (Scenic spot)
Atsumi-Onsen 11:53 (arr.)
11:53 (dep.)
16:17 (dep.)
Tsuruoka 12:22 (dep.) 15:53 (dep.)
15:23 (arr.)
Amarume 12:34 (dep.) 15:10 (dep.)
Sakata 12:44 (arr.) 15:00 (dep.)
Stops Outbound Inbound
  • * The above information is current as of January 2022.
  • * The stops and times may be subject to change.
  • * Depending on the situation, it may sometimes not be possible to operate at reduced speeds, and scheduled stops may be shortened.

Calendar

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Days marked with Green circle Brown circle Blue circle Purple circle indicate the days this train is in operation.

Green circleNiigata to Sakata Brown circleNiigata to Sakata (revised outbound timetable) Blue circleNiigata to Sakata (revised inbound timetable) Purple circlewinter timetable

January 2022Calendar
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2022年1月の運行日は以下となります。

▍新潟〜酒田(冬ダイヤ)
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▍新潟〜酒田(下りの時刻を変更して運行)
21日
▍新潟〜酒田(上りの時刻を変更して運行)
19日
April 2022Calendar
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2022年4月の運行日は以下となります。

▍新潟〜酒田
1日〜3日、8日〜10日、15日〜17日、22日〜24日、30日
▍新潟〜酒田(上りの時刻を変更して運行)
29日
May 2022Calendar
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▍新潟〜酒田
6日〜8日、13日〜15日、20日〜22日、27日〜29日
▍新潟〜酒田(下りの時刻を変更して運行)
1日、5日
▍新潟〜酒田(上りの時刻を変更して運行)
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June 2022Calendar
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▍新潟〜酒田
1日〜3日、8日〜10日、15日、17日、22日〜24日、29日〜31日
▍新潟〜酒田(下りの時刻を変更して運行)
18日
▍新潟〜酒田(上りの時刻を変更して運行)
16日
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2022年8月の運行日は以下となります。

▍新潟〜酒田
5日〜7日、19日、26日〜28日
▍新潟〜酒田(下りの時刻を変更して運行)
21日
▍新潟〜酒田(上りの時刻を変更して運行)
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September 2022Calendar
Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
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26 27 28 29  

2022年9月の運行日は以下となります。

▍新潟〜酒田
2日〜4日、9日〜11日、16日、18日、24日、30日
▍新潟〜酒田(下りの時刻を変更して運行)
19日、25日
▍新潟〜酒田(上りの時刻を変更して運行)
17日、23日
  • * The above information is current as of January 2022.
  • * Service dates may be subject to change.

How to purchase

There are multiple ways to purchase tickets as follows.

Merchandise is no longer handled at offices as of the end of February 2022.
For sales for trains departing April 2022 and after, use our official website (Japanese only).

https://www.jre-joyful.com/

  • *Reserved seat tickets (seats only) for Koshino Shu*Kura (car no. 3) and KAIRI (cars no. 1 and 2) are sold at reserved seat ticket vending machines at stations, JR Ticket Offices (Midori-no-Madoguchi), JR-EAST Train Reservation, etc., the same as before.
Passes:
Purchase a pass that is for foreign visitors to Japan and covers the travel area. Recommended passes when visiting Japan
Tickets:
Available for sale at JR EAST Travel Service Centers and your local JR Ticket Office (Midori-no-madoguchi).

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