Train to Matsumoto, Kofu and Hakuba from Shinjuku, Limited Express Azusa, Super Azusa and Kaiji

New fleet E353 series has been introduced in December, 2017. (C) DAJF / Wikimedia Commons

These trains connect Shinjuku with Kofu (甲府) in Yamanashi Pref, Matsumoto (松本) and Minami-Otari (南小谷) in Nagano Pref. These trains go through the mountain area. You can use these trains to access to Lake Kawaguchi area in Mt. Fuji, Akaishi Moutains (a.k.a. Southern Alps), southern part of Nagano pref. and Hida Mountains (a.k.a. Norther Alps). Especially Hida Mountains are very popular to ski and snowboard. Since Nagano held Winter Olympic Games, this area has been getting well known. And also it is very popular area for climbing and hiking in Japan too! Hida Mountains are located in Nagano pref. So you may think about using Nagano Shinkansen. But Nagano Shinkansen takes you to city of Nagano and northern part of Nagano pref. If you access there, you need to access from Matsumoto in south part of Nagano pref.

There is no restriction with using Japan Rail Pass. Let’s learn about route, schedule and accommodations of these trains.

Route, schedule and trip time

Basically Azusa or Super Azusa depart from Shinjuku station every 30 minutes on 0 and 30. Kaiji is operated once every hour.
The number of trips are the following:
Super Azusa: 8 round trips between Shinjuku and Matsumoto
Azusa: 9 trips from Shinjuku to Matsumoto, 7 trips from Matsumoto to Shinjuku, 1 trip from Matsumoto to Tokyo, 1 trip from Matsumoto to Chiba, 1 tirp from Minami-Otari to Shinjuku and 1 trip from Chiba to Minami-Otari
Kaiji: 12 round trips between Shinjuku and Kofu. Some of Kaiji are extended to operate to Tokyo and Ryuo (one station away from Kofu)
Super Azusa is faster than Azusa. The fastest Super Azusa connects Shinjuku with Matsumoto in 2 hours 30 minutes. The slowest Azusa connects Shinjuku with Matsumoto in 3 hours 10 minutes. Kaiji stops many more stations than Azusa and Super Azusa. But time required between Kofu and Shinjuku is not so different than Azusa and Super Azusa. It takes 1 hour 40 minutes to 2 hours.

Stations/TrainsSuper AzusaAzusaKaiji
Chiba (千葉)=
Funabashi (船橋)=
Kinshicho (錦糸町)=
Tokyo (東京)==
Yotsuya (四ツ谷)=
Shinjuku (新宿)xxx
Mitaka (三鷹)=*
Tachikawa (立川)=xx
Hachioji (八王子)xxx
Uenohara (上野原)x=
Otsuki (大月)=*x
Enzan (塩山)=x
Yamanashishi (山梨市)=x
Ishiwa-Onsen (石和温泉)=*x
Kofu (甲府)xxx
Ryuo (竜王)x=
Nirasaki (韮崎)==
Nagasaka (長坂)=
Kobuchizawa (小淵沢)==
Fujimi (富士見)=
Chino (茅野)xx
Kamisuwa (上諏訪)xx
Shimosuwa (下諏訪)=*
Okaya (岡谷)=x
Shiojiri (塩尻)*x
Matsumoto (松本)xx
Toyoshina (豊科)=
Hotaka (穂高)=
Shinano-Omachi (信濃大町)=x
Kamishiro (神城)=
Hakuba (白馬)=
Minami-Otari南小谷=

x:All train stop *:Most of trains stop =:Some of trains stop


View Limited Express Azusa/Kaiji in a larger map

Accommodation and train formations

Kaiji and Azusa are operated by E257 series. Super Azusa is operated by E353 series. E257 is very common fleet and E353 was introduced in December 2017 and this replaced old fleet E351 series.

Super Azusa E353 series

The seat configurations are 2+2. It is same configuration on both Green seat and ordinary seat. Accommodation is no difference between reserved ordinary and non reserved ordinary. All seats equip power outlet.

Green class interior (C) Toshinori baba (own work) / Wikimedia Commons
Ordinary class interior (C) Toshinori baba (own work) / Wikimedia Commons
Power outlet under the seats (C) Toshinori baba (own work) / Wikimedia Commons

Train formation

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NR=Non reserved ordinary seat R=Reserved ordinary seat G=Green seat

Azusa/Kaiji E257 series

E257 series is used for Kaiji and Azusa (C) Sonic Rail Garden
E257 series is used for Kaiji and Azusa (C) Sonic Rail Garden

The seat configurations are 2+2. It is same configuration on both Green seat and ordinary seat. It is no difference between reserved ordinary and non reserved.

Images
Green seat Ltd Exp Azusa and Kaiji Ltd Exp Azusa and Kaiji Ltd Exp Azusa and Kaiji Ltd Exp Azusa and Kaiji Ltd Exp Azusa and Kaiji Ltd Exp Azusa and Kaiji

Ordinary seat Ltd Exp Azusa and Kaiji Ltd Exp Azusa and Kaiji Ltd Exp Azusa and Kaiji Ltd Exp Azusa and Kaiji Ltd Exp Azusa and Kaiji

Sanitary space Ltd Exp Azusa and Kaiji Ltd Exp Azusa and Kaiji Ltd Exp Azusa and Kaiji Ltd Exp Azusa and Kaiji Ltd Exp Azusa and Kaiji Ltd Exp Azusa and Kaiji Ltd Exp Azusa and Kaiji Ltd Exp Azusa and Kaiji

Train formation
Azusa

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Kaiji

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NR=Non reserved ordinary seat R=Reserved ordinary seat G=Green seat

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