It's about 2 hours from Tokyo to Niigata riding Japan Railways's double decker MAX shinkansen bullet train or the GENBI(The Traveling Art Gallely Shinkansen "GENBI") that runs from Echigo Uzawa to Niigata. The GENBI features art from various artists. Groups can charter one of these special vehicles for an exclusive experience. Advance group reservations are necessary.
The boat follows the Oboke-kyo(Oboke Gorge) valley surrounded by strange rock formations and beneath the thrilling Iya-no-Kazura Bashi (Suspension Vine Bridge) . Views of the bridge and other sightseeing sites are popular attractions.
The Kyushu Shinkansen made its debut in 2011, an event that brought new energy to the area. You can charter a special shinkansen that features wooden roll blinds, tatami mats and other special materials. JR Kyushu Railway Company has many other attractive trains. Enjoy the special charm of Japan's unique railways.