Sumary of Tokyo farewells Japan’s only double-decker shinkansen with a special escalator at the station:
- The only two-level shinkansen train in Japan, the E4 Series — also known as “Max Toki” and “Max Tanigawa” — currently used on the Joetsu shinkansen, is scheduled to end its regular service on Oct 1. Once it’s off the rails, there will be no more shinkansen double-decker trains in operation.
- It’s not every day you get to take a ride on a Shinkansen escalator, so we took a trip out to Tokyo Station to find it for ourselves.
- According to the information we’d received, the escalator we were looking for was located inside the ticket gate, somewhere around the middle of the passage that connects the Marunouchi Underground Central Exit and the Yaesu Underground Central Exit in the basement of Tokyo Station.
- It didn’t take long for us to arrive at the escalator, and there was no missing it, as it looked… like the front of a shinkansen.
- ▼ An “E4 Series Escalator” The curve of the escalator resembled the nose of a Shinkansen so perfectly we couldn’t help but wonder if it had been specially designed this way.
- We didn’t come all this way just to look at the shinkansen escalator, though, we were here to ride it and so that’s what we did.