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
E7 series and W7 series (12 passenger cars)
※Some of the Asama trains will be E2 series with 8 passenger cars
・Tokyo-Kanazawa: 2 hours 28 minutes with the fewest stops
・Tokyo-Toyama: 2 hours 8 minutes with the fewest stops