Hokuriku Shinkansen 北陸新幹線
The Hokuriku Shinkansen now makes it possible to travel between Tokyo, Toyama and Kanazawa in much less time than before. The extension to Toyama in Toyama Prefecture and Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture opened in March 2015.
The first part of the line between Takasaki and Nagano in Nagano Prefecture, opened in 1997 in time for the Nagano Winter Olympics in 1998, and was originally called the Nagano Shinkansen. The Hokuriku Shinkansen is planned to extend west to Fukui and Tsuruga in Fukui Prefecture by 2025.
Four types of trains run on the Hokuriku Shinkansen: the Kagayaki limited-stop service between Tokyo and Kanazawa, the Hakutaka multi-stop service between Tokyo and Kanazawa, the Tsurugi all-stop service between Toyama and Kanazawa and the Asama, a multi-stop service from Tokyo to Nagano.
Hokuriku Connections & Japan Rail Passes
There are no non-reserved carriages on the Kagayaki service so booking a seat is mandatory. The Kagayaki shinkansen stops at Ueno, Omiya (in Saitama), Nagano and Toyama on its 2 hour, 30 minute journey from Tokyo to Kanazawa. Standing tickets can be bought if all seats sell out.
The Hakutaka shinkansen stops more frequently and non-reserved seats are available.
The full number of possible stops between Tokyo and Kanazawa on the Hokuriku Shinkansen is: Tokyo, Ueno, Omiya, Kumagaya, Honjo-Waseda, Takasaki, Annaka-Haruna, Karuizawa, Sakudaira, Ueda, Nagano, Iiyama, Joetsumyoko, Itoigawa, Kurobe-Unazukionsen, Toyama, Shin-Takaoka and Kanazawa.
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