JR Hokuriku Shinkansen Bullet Train Service Begins between Nagano and Kanazawa on Saturday, March 14, 2015!

September 8th, 2014

Japan Railways announced that they will start the Hokuriku Shinkansen services between Nagano and Kanazawa on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

After the service begins, a trip to Kanazawa, Toyama and Myoko will be much easier from Nagano.

In Nagano, there will be a new Shinkansen station in Iiyama, to the north of Nagano Station. The access from Tokyo to Iiyama City, Madarao Highlands and Nozawa Onsen Village will be much more convenient.

 ◇Opening Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015

 ◇Number of Train Services

   ・Kagayaki (Tokyo-Kanazawa, with the fewest stops) 10 round trips

   ・Hakutaka (Tokyo-Kanazawa, with more stops) 14 round trips

   ・Hakutaka (Nagano-Kanazawa, with more stops) 1 round trip

   ・Tsurugi (Toyoma-Kanazawa, all-station shuttle services) 18 round trips

   ・Asama (Tokyo-Nagano, same as current Nagano Shinkansen) 16 round trips

 ◇Train Models

   E7 series and W7 series (12 passenger cars)

     ※Some of the Asama trains will be E2 series with 8 passenger cars

 ◇Travel Times

    ・Tokyo-Kanazawa: 2 hours 28 minutes with the fewest stops

    ・Tokyo-Toyama: 2 hours 8 minutes with the fewest stops