The limited express Shirayuki operates between Niigata and Joetsu-Myoko of the Hokuriku Shinkansen. If you move between Kanazawa or Toyama and Niigata, you take the Hokuriku Shinkansen between Kanazawa or Toyama and Joetsu-Myoko. And take the limited express Shirayuki to get to Niigata.
In this post, I will explain about this limited express train.
Route, schedule and trip time
The limited express Shirayuki runs between Arai, Joetsu-Myoko and Niigata. This train makes stops at major cities along a coast side, such as Naoetsu, Kashiwazaki and Nagaoka
It connects Joetsu-Myoko and Niigata in 2 hours.
This limited express train operates 5 round trips of a day. 2
Extra fare for Japan Rail Pass and JR East Pass Nagano Niigata
The segment between Arai, Joetsu-Myoko and Naoetsu belongs to Echigo-Tokimeki Railway which is non JR railway (the third sector railway company). JR Pass does not cover this segment. However JR East Pass Nagano Niigata covers Echigo Tokimeki Railway between Naoetsu and Arai. Extra fare is not required if you use JR East pass.
The extra charge for this segment is the following:
|Segment||Base fare||Express surcharge||Total|
|Joetsu-Myoko – Naoetsu||240 yen||210 yen||450 yen|
|Arai – Naoetsu||320 yen||210 yen||530 yen|
This train will be operated by renovated E653 series. This train has an ordinary class only.
This train does not have Green class. Only ordinary class seat is available and train is 4 cars formation.
*All seats are non smoking and Green car is not available.