Shirasagi (しらさぎ) runs between Nagoya (名古屋) and Kanazawa (金沢). This train is the fastest transfer from Nagoya/Maibara (米原) to Hokuriku region, such as Kanazawa and Fukui (福井). This train is very popular for both business and leisure travellers. Because there are several popular locations along this trains’s route, like Awara-Onsen (芦原温泉) hot springs, Kaga-Onsen (加賀温泉) hot spring, and Kanazawa.
This train, Shirasagi is fully covered by Japan Rail Pass. Let’s see the details.
Route, schedule and trip time
Shirasagi is operated between Nagoya or Maibara and Kanazawa, Toyama, Wakura-Onsen. The number of trips of Shirasagi is the following:
Between Nagoya and Kanazawa — 8 round trips
Between Maibara and Kanazawa — 8 round trips
Most of Shirasagi is connected with Hikari on Tokaido Shinkansen at Maibara in 10 minutes. You can transfer the trains very smoothly at Maibara.
As I mentioned above, this train is used mostly to access to Hokuriku region from Nagoya and Maibara. If you go there from Osaka, Limited Express Thunderbird is the right choice. You can take Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka to Maibara, and then transfer this train, Shirasagi at Maibara. But this route is slower than Thunderbird. Thunderbird gives you direct transfer from Osaka to Kanazawa or Toyama. Obviously it is more convenient, faster and comfortable.
View Limited Express Shirasagi in a larger map
|Nagoya (名古屋)||x||x||Connect to Shinkansen|
|Maibara (米原)||*||*||Connect to Shinkansen|
|Nagahama (長浜)||*||*||Some of Shirasagi stop|
|Daishoji (大聖寺)||*||*||Some of Shirasagi to Nagoya/Maibara stop|
|Matto (松任)||*||*||Some of Shirasagi stop|
x:All trains stop *:some trains stop
Shirasagi is serviced by 683 series. This train is the standard fleet for the express train on Hokuriku line. The other express trains on Hokuriku line, such as Thunderbird and Hakutaka, are operated by same type of fleet.
The seat pitch in Green seat is 1160mm. It is the standard of most JR trains. The seat configuration is 2+1. It has spacious and nice holding. It is quite good seat. The seat pitch in Ordinary seat is 970mm. It is a bit bigger than the standard. The front row seats have a big table and a power outlet. If you want to use your laptop or charge your batteries, try to secure these seats.
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*G=Green seat R=Reserved seat NR=Non reserved seat
Smoking is not allowed on these trains.
Entrance deck and common space