485 series EMU on a Minori service
Service typeLimited express
LocaleShinetsu Main Line
First service22 March 1997
Last service30 November 2002
Former operator(s)JR East
On-board services
Class(es)Standard + Green
Rolling stock485 series EMUs
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification1,500 V DC overhead

The Minori (みのり) was a Limited express train service in Japan operated by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) between Niigata and Takada on the Shinetsu Main Line in Niigata Prefecture between March 1997 and 2002.[1]

Rolling stock

Services were formed of Niigata-based 4- and 6-car 485 series EMUs.[2][3]


The Minori services commenced from the start of the revised timetable on 22 March 1997, with one working in each direction daily.[4]

Services were increased to three workings in each direction daily from 1 October 1997, with two services in each direction operating between Niigata and Nagano, absorbing earlier Akakura express services and coinciding with the opening of the Nagano Shinkansen.[2] Services to and from Nagano were subsequently cut back due to poor loadings, reduced to two workings in each direction daily between Niigata and Takada from 1 December 2001. The Minori services were discontinued from the start of the revised timetable on 1 December 2002, being replaced by new Kubikino rapid services operating between Niigata and Arai.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b Haraguchi, Takayuki (2009). Encyclopedia of JR's Railway Cars: JR全車輌. Japan: Sekai Bunka. p. 218. ISBN 978-4-418-09905-4.
  2. ^ a b JR電車編成表 '98夏号 [JR EMU Formations – Summer 1998]. Japan: JRR. July 1998. p. 25. ISBN 4-88283-029-9.
  3. ^ JR電車編成表 '02夏号 [JR EMU Formations – Summer '02]. Japan: JRR. June 2002. p. 27. ISBN 4-88283-037-X.
  4. ^ JR特急10年の歩み [10 Years of JR Limited Express Trains]. Japan: Kousai Shuppansha. May 1997. p. 146. ISBN 4-330-45697-4.