The Hokuriku Shinkansen is the product of a joint venture between the East Japan Railway Company and West Japan Railway Company. A type of Japanese high-speed train, or bullet train, the Hokuriku has been a staple of Japan’s high-speed rail network since 1997. It provides a link between the nation’s capital of Tokyo and Nagano, capital city of Nagano Prefecture (the only exception is between Tokyo and Takasaki, which is largely served by the Joetsu Shinkansen).
Currently, there are two kinds of Hokuriku Shinkansen trains used on the Tokyo to Nagano route: the E2 Series and E7 Series. Both are able to travel at a speed of up to 260kms per hour. Most Hokuriku trains feature three passenger seating classes: “Ordinary Car” (basically standard class), “Green Car” (similar to first or business class) and “Gran Class” (luxury travel at its finest).
From Tokyo to Nagano, the distance is approximately 226 kilometres; the travel time by Hokuriku, 1 hour and 40 minutes on average. Between the two points, the train will make a brief stop in Fukushima, Yonezawa, Kaminoyama and Yamagata.
When you purchase a JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area) e-ticket, you get unlimited travel possibilities aboard the Hokuriku Shinkansen train between Tokyo and Honshu, the central main island of Japan. This pass also includes travel in select regions of the Joetsu, Tohoku and Yamagata Shinkansen lines. Purchase a JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area) to include travel from Tokyo to Takasaki by Hokuriku Shinkansen. Passes can be used for 5 flexible travel days over a 14-day period.
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