Cassiopeia (train)

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A Cassiopeia service hauled by EF510-509 in August 2010
Service typeLimited express
First serviceJuly 1999
Last serviceMarch 2016
Former operator(s)JR East
Average journey timeApprox. 16½ hours
Service frequency3 times weekly
On-board services
Seating arrangementsLounge car
Sleeping arrangementsCompartments and suites
Catering facilitiesDining car
Observation facilitiesObservation lounge at end of train
Rolling stockE26 series sleeping cars
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification1,500 V DC / 20 kV AC (50Hz)
Operating speed110 km/h (70 mph)

The Cassiopeia (カシオペア, Kashiopea) was a luxury overnight limited express train service in Japan, operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) from July 1999 until March 2016. It ran between Ueno Station in Tokyo and the city of Sapporo in the northern island of Hokkaido. The one-way journey took approximately 16½ hours.


The Cassiopeia ran on the following rail lines:

JR East

IGR Iwate Ginga Railway

Aoimori Railway

JR East

JR Hokkaido

The train changed direction at Aomori and Hakodate.

Northbound trains to Sapporo departed from Ueno after 16:00, and called at Ōmiya, Utsunomiya, Kōriyama, Fukushima, Sendai, Ichinoseki, and Morioka. The first stop in Hokkaido was at Hakodate at 05:00 the following day, with arrival in Sapporo around 09:30. Southbound trains to Ueno departed from Sapporo after 16:00; the first stop after leaving Hokkaido was at Sendai, around 04:30 the following day, and the arrival time at Ueno Station around 09:30.[1]

Trains departed three times per week, with more departures during holiday periods.