Azusa and Kaiji

Along the Chuo East Line run three limited express trains: the Super Azusa, the Azusa and the Kaiji. Debuting in 1993, the Super Azusa was specially designed to pass through the mountainous, winding terrain between Shinjuku and Matsumoto . Known as an excellent choice for pleasure trips, the Azusa sometimes operates on extended runs to Hakuba, Minami-Otari, Shinjuku and Chiba. Also a limited express, the Kaiji is primarily used for business travel. It went into service in 2001, running between Shinjuku and Kofu. With larger windows and more space to move around, the Kaiji makes train riding even more pleasurable than before.

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The Train Line-up

Series E351

Series E351

Super Azusa: Shinjuku - Matsumoto

Series E257

Series E257

Series E257

Azusa: Chiba / Tokyo / Shinjuku – Matsumoto / Minami - Otari
Kaiji: Shinjuku - Kofu / Ryuo

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Interior Layout of Cars

The Super Azusa Series E351: 12-car trains

Non-smoking cars

The Super Azusa Series E351: 12-car trains

The Super Azusa Series E351: 12-car trains

The Azusa / Kaiji Series E257: 11-car trains

Non-smoking cars

The Kaiji / Azusa Series E257: 11-car trains

The Kaiji / Azusa Series E257: 11-car trains

Notes: Some runs may include 9 cars.

  • Green cars (First class)
  • Changing bed
  • Lavatory
  • Restrooms
  • Men's toilet
  • Seats for wheelchair users
  • Accessible facility
  • Conductor's room

Timetables and Seat Reservations

Shinkansen and Limited Express Timetables (Opens in a new window.)

JR-EAST Train Reservation (Opens in a new window.)

Places of Interest

The Azusa and Kaiji Map

Mt.Fuji/Kawaguchiko
At 3,776 meters, Mount Fuji is the highest point in Japan. Considered by many to be sacred, Mount Fuji is capped year-round with snow, and its beauty has been memorialized in numerous songs and paintings since ancient times. Five lakes lie at the foot of the mountain, and of these, Lake Kawaguchi is popular for its particularly beautiful views of Mount Fuji. Each of the four seasons reveals different aspects of Mount Fuji’s beauty. Explore the many faces of Mount Fuji and find your favorite season!
Access: Take the Chuo Line to Otsuki Station, then transfer to the Fuji Kyuko Line.
Matsumoto
Matsumoto has been a castle town for centuries, and at its center stands Matsumoto Castle, a designated national treasure that rises in grand form. Completed in 1594, the castle includes the oldest extant donjon in Japan, and while its construction appears to be five stories from the outside, there is actually a sixth story inside. The entire town of Matsumoto becomes particularly alive in the summer. Visitors include mountain climbers who make Matsumoto their starting base on trips to the highlands and the Hida Mountains (also known as the Northern Alps).
Access: Take the Chuo Line to Matsumoto Station.
Hakuba
Located in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture, Hakuba is famed for its panoramas of the Northern Alps. Each season brings a new form of beauty, from the lingering snow of spring and wildflowers of summer to the brilliant autumn colors of the trees in fall. Winter, of course, brings snow, and Hakuba attracts skiers from around the world each year who seek the high-quality consistency of Hakuba snow.
Access: Take the Oito Line to Hakuba Station or the Nagano Shinkansen to Nagano Station. then transfer to the local bus.