Inside the Gran Class

  • Published on : 26/06/2016
  • by : Japan Experience

The new shinkansen class

The Gran Class, the Japan bullet train's latest first-class experience. 

With the unveiling of its latest model of bullet train, the Hayabusa, came the Gran Class as well. Since then, the Tohoku and Hokkaido Shinkansen's other lines, such as the Hayate and Yamabiko, also have Gran Class cars on their newer models.

The Gran Class is an experience of exclusive luxury: each car has only 6 rows. Each row has 3 seats of large, plush reclining chairs, and an attenant who takes care of you throughout your entire trip!

Passengers are led to their seat by this attendant provided with amenities such as a blanket, slippers, and an eye mask, as well as a menu. All food and beverages on this menu use Tohoku ingredients and products, such as Aomori apple juice and bento with local vegetables.

E5_granclass

E5_granclass

©Par Kaidog — Travail personnel, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16946627

Currently only the Tohoku line offers the special service of attendant and gourmet bento.

Some hokuriku shinkansen that run from Tokyo to Nagano have begun to integrate Gran Class-designed cars (and their comfortable seats) without the aforementioned amenities.

However, new models of trains, as well as new shinkansen lines that are soon to open, are adding Gran Class cars, so look forward to them as you plan your future trips to Japan !

Hokuriku shinkansen

Hokuriku shinkansen

©motihada, unsplash

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