The Resort Shirakami runs on the Gono line through the stunning seaside scenery of Shirakami-Sanchi, a World Heritage Site. In 2018, Shirakami-Sanchi celebrated its 25th year since its registration as a World Heritage Site.
The second train configuration for the Resort Shirakami, the Buna (Japanese Beech), evokes a grove of beech trees with an exterior whose gradation of light and dark green tones suggests the sunlight filtering through the leaves, and the trains design aims for greater harmony with nature by utilizing a hybrid electrical/deisel engine system.
The interior is finished using many of the trees that grow along the tracks, including Japanese Cedar from Akita and hiba from Aoyama, to create a warm and peaceful atmosphere. The No. 3 train, "Oraho," also includes a counter which sells tasty goodies from the various stops along the route to enjoy while taking in the scenery outside.