JR East was created in 1987 when Japanese National Railways was privatised. The largest member of the JR Group, it serves the heavily-populated Kanto region around Tokyo and the northeast region of Honshu with 70 routes, and also operates the Tohoku, Joetsu, Yamagata, Akita and Nagano Shinkansen lines, with a total of 1666 stations. It also owns the Tokyo Monorail link from Haneda airport to the city centre.

An extension of the Tohoku Shinkansen between Hachinohe and Shin-Aomori opened in December 2010, which now connects with JR Hokkaido’s shinkansen line through the Seikan Tunnel to Hakodate opened in March 2016. A cross-city link between Ueno and Tokyo opened in March 2015, as did the Hokuriku Shinkansen line between Nagano and Kanazawa.

JR East is also undertaking a major development and new station between Shinagawa and Tamachi in Tokyo; ‘Global Gateway Shinagawa’ station is due to be partly-open for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Address
2-2-2 Yoyogi
Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 151-8578
Japan
Phone
+81 3 5334 1150
Fax
+81 3 5334 1110
Email
international@jreast.co.jp
Website
www.jreast.co.jp
 

Traffic

Passenger journeys:
6,364
Passenger-km:
134,428 million
Information year:
2015
 

Company size

No. of employees:
48 894
 
Gauge:
1435 mm
Length:
1 194 km
Electrification
135 km - 25 kV 60 Hz
1 059 km - 25 kV 50 Hz
Rolling stock
151 Electric high-speed trainsets
Gauge:
1067 mm
Length:
6 142 km
Electrification
2 596 km - 1·5 kV DC
1 549 km - 20 kV 50 Hz
Rolling stock
47 Electric locomotives
43 Diesel locomotives
4 Steam locomotives
10,697 EMU cars
527 DMU cars
117 Passenger coaches
324 Freight wagons