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Nagano Shinkansen (Hokuriku Shinkansen)

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The Nagano Shinkansen (長野新幹線, Nagano Shinkansen) is a shinkansen line that connects Tokyo with Nagano. It was opened in 1997 in time for the Nagano Winter Olympics and is operated by the East Japan Railway Company, commonly known as JR East. Formally known as the Hokuriku Shinkansen, this shinkansen line is scheduled to be extended to Kanazawa in March 2015.

The Asama, named after the large active volcano on the border between Gunma Prefecture and Nagano Prefecture, is the only train category along the Nagano Shinkansen. It operates between Tokyo and Nagano Stations with various stopping patterns. Two types of train sets are used: one with 8 cars and one with 12 cars. The 12-car train sets carry one Gran Class car, the first class service by JR.

With the extension of the shinkansen line in March 2015, three additional, new train categories will be introduced along the Hokuriku Shinkansen. All of them will be covered by the Japan Rail Pass.

Note: For simplification, some rare train compositions and stopping patterns are omitted.

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