Access to Nagano from Nagoya and Osaka. Limited Express Shinano

Limited Express "Shinano"
Limited Express Shinano runs 13 round trips a day.

Limited express train “Shinano” takes you to 1998 Winter Olympic host city, Nagano (長野) from Nagoya (名古屋). And also one of 13 round trips is extended to operate to Osaka (大阪). If you go to Hida Mountains (a.k.a. Norther Alps), you can use this train to Matsumoto (松本), and transfer to local train Oito line bound for Shinano-Omachi (信濃大町), Hakuba (白馬) and Minami-Otari (南小谷). And also there are some preserved small town in Kiso Valley (木曽谷) along Chuo line where this train goes through. These towns are getting popular for the tourist from overseas these days.

This train is fully covered by Japan Rail Pass with no restriction. Let’s see the details.

*Trip from Osaka to Nagano was discontinued in March, 2016. Limited Express Shinano runs between Nagoya and Nagano only since then.

Route, schedule and time required

It takes 2 hours 55 minutes to get Nagano from Nagoya. Most of Shinano depart from both side Nagoya and Nagano once every hour.


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Stations

Nagoya (名古屋) x
Kanayama (金山駅) *
Chigusa (千種) x
Tajimi(多治見) x
Ena (恵那) *
Nakatsugawa (中津川) x
Nagiso (南木曽) *
Agetsu (上松) *
Kiso-Fukushima (木曽福島) x
Shiojiri (塩尻) x
Matsumoto (松本) x
Akashina (明科) *
Hijirikogen (聖高原) *
Shinonoi (篠ノ井) x
Nagano (長野) x

x:All trains stop *:some trains stop

Accommodation

Green class at Car #1 gives you a spectacular panoramic view. (C) Sonic Rail Garden
Green class at Car #1 gives you a spectacular panoramic view. (C) Sonic Rail Garden

Shinano is serviced by 383 series. The seat configuration is 2+2 for both Green and Ordinary. Green car is car#1. It has a huge glass window at the cockpit. If you get the front row seat when you go to Nagano, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery. The seat pitch is 1160mm in Green class and 1000mm in Ordinary class. 1000mm in Ordinary is bigger than the standard.

*Sonic Rail Garden has copyright for all images of accommodations below.

Train formation

1 2 3 4 5 6
G R R R NR NR

*2 or 4 more cars are added during the peak season.

*G=Green seat R=Reserved seat NR=Non reserved seat
Smoking is not allowed on this train.

Images
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35 thoughts on “Access to Nagano from Nagoya and Osaka. Limited Express Shinano”

  1. Hi Takeshi-san. We are thinking of traveling to Japan in June. I wanted to go up to Matsumoto for 1-2 nights. Will the 7 day JR pass cover the Shinkansen Hikari (Osaka to Nagoya) and the Shinano 3/10 (Nagoya to Matsumoto)?
    Thanks in advance.

      1. Dear Takeshi-san,

        Apologies for my late reply! Your mail ended up in my spam folder. Thank you very much for answering my question re Osaka to Matsumoto.

        Apologies,
        Ashish

    1. Hi Vivique,

      If you have round trip to Takayama from Nagoya and intend to visit Shirakawago, you can use Takayama Hokuriku Area Pass.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/takayama-hokuriku-area-pass-perfect-deal-to-get-takayama-kanazawa-toyama-shirakawago-from-nagoya-or-osaka.html

      But it’s too expensive for one way trip. Single fare is cheaper.
      Komagane is not covered by any deals.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Good morning,
    could you please help me to find timetable of this train “shinano” limited edition? I need it to plan my roundtrip from Nagoya to Nakatsugawa in march/april 2017.

    Thanks a lot in advance

    Dario

    1. Hi Dario,

      All trains schedule can be found at Hyperdia.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/hyperdia-perfect-guide-train-timetable-and-route-search-engine.html

      However JR will revise timetable in March 4th. The revised timetable is not available in Hyperdia yet. I don’t think it will be a big change. You may use the result by Hyperdia now. And recheck the schedule sometimes in late February. You will find the update info.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Stopped at Shiojiri from Otsuki to board Shinano to Nagano unfortunately the station was limited in English info so I boarded Shinonoi line instead, which is 30 minutes slower. Damn does the Shinano use different line than Shinonoi Line? I should have stopped at Matsumoto which is larger station than Shiojiri, since obviously larger stations do have more English info than smaller ones.

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