Hokuriku Shinkansen

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.

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The Train Line-up

Series E7

Series E7

Kagayaki: Tokyo - Kanazawa
Hakutaka: Tokyo / Nagano - Kanazawa
Asama: Tokyo - Nagano

Series E2

Series E2

Series E2

Asama: Tokyo - Nagano

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Interior Layout of Cars

The Kagayaki, Hakutaka and Asama Series E7: 12-car trains

Non-smoking cars

The Kagayaki, Hakutaka and Asama Series E7: 12-car trains

The Kagayaki, Hakutaka and Asama Series E7: 12-car trains

Notes:
GranClass cars on Asama and some Hakutaka trains provide seating but there are no attendants or on-board amenities such as snacks or beverages.

The Asama Series E2: 8-car trains

Non-smoking cars

The Asama Series E2: 8-car trains

The Asama Series E2: 8-car trains

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

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Series E2

Green cars (First class)
Ordinaly Car

Series E7

GranClass
Green cars (First class)
Ordinaly Car

Timetables and Seat Reservations

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Places of Interest

Hokuriku Shinkansen Map

Karuizawa
Karuizawa developed with a unique culture after Archdeacon Alexander Croft Shaw, a Canadian missionary, made it a popular summer location to escape from the heat of lower lands. The beauty of such historical buildings as the Karuizawa Kogen Church and the Kyu-Mikasa Hotel attracts many people to this town. Using the Hokuriku Shinkansen, Karuizawa can be reached from Tokyo in about an hour, making it a great leisure spot for golf, horse riding, and outlet mall shopping or just some quiet time to enjoy any of the four seasons.
Access: Take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Karuizawa Station.
Nagano
Located a 15-minute bus ride from Nagano Station is Zenkoji Temple, whose 1400-year-old main building is a designated national treasure. Not affiliated with a particular Buddhist sect, it is visited by a wide range of people. A popular treat in Nagao is the oyaki, a dumpling unique to the area, made with wheat or buckwheat flour for the outside bun. Typical fillings change with the seasons, but include vegetables and a bean paste.
Access: Take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Nagano Station.
Jigokudani Onsen
The northern portion of Nagano Prefecture is referred to as Kita Shinano, known for its beautiful mountains and many hot spring villages. One of these is the Jigokudani (Hell’s Valley) Hot Spring, located in the deepest folds of the mountains. It can be reached on the Nagano Dentetsu Line, about an hour from Nagano Station. While there, visit Yaen Park to see wild snow monkeys (macaques) frolicking in the open-air baths.
Access: Take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Nagano Station, then transfer to the Nagano Dentetsu Line to Yudanaka Station, about a 60-minute ride on the limited express. The bus provides local access.