281 series

The is a DC electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR-West). It was introduced on September 4, 1994, for passengers travelling to/from Kansai International Airport. Provisions are made for luggage racks and dedicated luggage room.


Built jointly by Kinki Sharyo and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, the trains are used on the Haruka limited express service via the Kansai Airport Line in three- or six-car formations.


Sets are based at Hineno Depot, and are formed as shown below.

6-car sets

3-car sets


File:JRW M281 inside.jpg|281 series standard-class interior File:JRW Tsc280 inside.jpg|281 series Green (first class) car interior