The Hokuriku Shinkansen began service in 1997 in advance of the Nagano Olympics. Passing by Takasaki from Tokyo, it ascends steeply and crosses Usui Pass before arriving in Karuizawa, a resort area with history. As the train continues forward, Mount Asama can be seen to the right, and then a valley opens up with an abundance of apricot and apple cultivation. Soon, the train comes to Zenko Temple and Nagano City. Service between Nagano and Kanazawa Stations begins on Saturday, March 14, 2015.
GranClass cars on Asama and some Hakutaka trains provide seating but there are no attendants or on-board amenities such as snacks or beverages.
Enjoy the view inside the train with 360 degree panoramic imagery