This new first-class train travel whose name was inspired by the French word for "big", started in 2011 on the Tohoku Shinkansen
. This line runs from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori Station (the last stop before Hokkaido
!) and opened in 2008. With the unveiling of its latest model of bullet train, the Hayabusa, came the Gran Class as well. Since then, the Tohoku and Hokkaido Shinkansen
's other lines, such as the Hayate and Yamabiko, also have Gran Class
cars on their newer models.