373 series
373 series on a Home Liner service, April 2010
In serviceOctober 1995–present
ManufacturerHitachi, Nippon Sharyo
Replaced165 series
Number built42 vehicles (14 sets)
Number in service42 vehicles (14 sets)
Formation3 cars per trainset
Operator(s)JR Central
Car body constructionStainless steel
Car length21,300 mm (69 ft 11 in)
Width2,947 mm (9 ft 8.0 in)
Height4,020 mm (13 ft 2 in)
DoorsSliding doors (2 pairs per side)
Maximum speed120 km/h (75 mph)
Traction systemGTO-VVVF (Toshiba)
Electric system(s)1,500 V DC overhead line
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The 373 series (373系) is an electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) on mid-distance limited express and Homeliner services in Japan since October 1995.[1]


The trains were built jointly by Hitachi and Nippon Sharyo.[2]


As of 2011, the 373 series sets are used on the following services.[3]

373 series sets were formerly used on Wide View Tokai limited express services between Tokyo and Shizuoka from 16 March 1996 until 17 March 2007,[4] and on Moonlight Nagara overnight rapid services between Tokyo and Ōgaki from 16 March 1996 until 14 March 2009.[3]


The 3-car sets, numbered F1 to F14, are formed as follows.[1][3]

Car No. 1 2 3
Designation Tc' T Mc
Numbering KuHa 372 SaHa 373 KuMoHa 373
Capacity 52 68 60

The KuMoHa 373 car is fitted with one C-PS27G single-arm pantograph.[3]


The 3-car sets are single class with rotating/reclining 2+2 seating arranged with a seat pitch of 970 mm. The KuMoHa 373 and SaHa 373 cars have fixed 4-seat "semi-compartment" bays at the ends of the cars with large tables.[5]


The first sets were delivered from Nippon Sharyo in August 1995,[3] entering revenue service from 1 October 1995 on Wide View Fujikawa services.[4]

From 18 March 2007, all cars were made no-smoking.[3]


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  2. ^ Saka, Masahiro (March 2014). "JR第1世代の車両・現況と概要" [JR 1st-generation rolling stock: Current situation and overview]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō Magazine (in Japanese). 43 (359): 22.
  3. ^ a b c d e f JR電車編成表 2011夏 [JR EMU Formations - Summer 2011]. Japan: JRR. May 2010. p. 116. ISBN 978-4-330-21211-1.
  4. ^ a b c d JR新幹線&特急列車ファイル [JR Shinkansen & Limited Express Train File]. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. 2008. pp. 30–32. ISBN 978-4-330-00608-6.
  5. ^ こだわりの新幹線&特急列車ガイド [In-depth Shinkansen & Limited Express Guide]. Japan: Ikaros Publishing. August 2000. pp. 94–96. ISBN 978-4-87149-284-3.