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.
Buy a JR EAST PASS and you can get a round-trip bus ticket between Matsumoto and Takayama for 4,500 yen, less than half the regular price! We highly recommend this special ticket for anyone wanting to visit Hida Takayama. Use your JR EAST PASS to take a rail trip at great savings, and you can save money on bus travel, too. This is a great opportunity to see Hida Takayama and its Shirakawa-go, a World Heritage Site.
Notes: Some runs may include 9 cars.