One Year Until the Osaka Expo: Tokaido Shinkansen Unveils N700S Wrapped Trains to Build Excitement

April 13 marked one year until the Osaka-Kansai Expo, and to commemorate this, Shinkansen trains wrapped with the Expo’s official logo and the official character ‘MyakuMyaku’ have started operating.

Wrapped Shinkansen trains are running along the Tokaido & Sanyo Shinkansen routes between Tokyo and Hakata station, the Sanyo & Kyushu Shinkansen routes between Shin-Osaka and Kagoshima-Chuo station, and the Hokuriku Shinkansen routes between Tokyo and Tsuruga station. The trains include one formation of JR Tokai’s N700S, and JR West’s N700S, an 8-car N700 series, a 16-car N700 series, and W7 series, making a total of four formations.

Among them, JR Tokai’s N700S (J20 formation) features the Expo’s logo mark and the text ‘EXPO2025’ on both sides of the doors of each car. The size of the wrapping displays is approximately 0.8 meters in height and 1.5 meters in width for cars 8, 9, and 11, and approximately 0.09 square meters for the other cars. According to JR Tokai, this is the first time an N700S Shinkansen in the Tokaido Shinkansen has been wrapped since the 700 series retirement commemorative vehicles (C53 & 54 formation) ran from February to March 2020, about four years ago.

The first train to run was the ‘Nozomi 323’ service from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka, which departed Tokyo Station at 9:51 AM on the 13th. It will operate until around October 2025, when the Expo concludes.

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