Limited Express "Shinano"

Express train Nagano to/from Nagoya. Limited Express Shinano

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

Limited express train “Shinano” runs between Nagano (長野) from Nagoya (名古屋). If you go to Hida Mountains (a.k.a. Northern 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 towns in Kiso Valley (木曽谷), such as Magome, along Chuo line where this train goes through.

Trip to Tohoku, Chubu and Chugoku in 2016 winter – Part 4, Nagoya to Matsumoto via Magome

This train is fully covered by Japan Rail Pass with no restriction. I will tell you the details about this train, Shinano.

Route, schedule and trip time

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

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*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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Ordinary seat Shinano 383 series Ordinary seat Shinano 383 series Ordinary seat Shinano 383 series Ordinary seat Shinano 383 series Ordinary seat Shinano 383 series Ordinary seat

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66 thoughts on “Express train Nagano to/from Nagoya. Limited Express Shinano”

  1. Hi Takeshi,

    Thank you for all the info! I cannot seem to find (anywhere online!) the schedule/timetable for limited express shinano from Nagano to Nagoya, could you please direct me to where I can find it? I’m travelling from Nagano to Nagoya, might make a stop at Matsumoto for a bit of sightseeing, so I would like to know ahead what timings are available and what is the latest train I can catch to Nagoya.

    Thank you!

  2. Hello – can you purchase food (Ekiben or other) on this train? or is it acceptable to bring an Ekiben/food on the train to eat?

    Thank you

  3. Hi,

    I am planning to take the Ltd Express Shinano 21 from Nagoya to Nagano. Is it possible to make a reservation online?

    cheers
    Lilian

  4. Hello!
    I couldn’t see the rate here, but I was wondering if it’s worth to buy the Japan rail pass if I’m only traveling Nagoya – Nagano and back?

    Thanks :)!

  5. Hi,

    I am planning to travel from Nagano (長野) to Nagoya (名古屋) on 29/12/2017. I am wondering what is the procedure to reserve ticket online. Tried to look around the web and seems they have no reservation service. Is it correct?
    If no ticket reservation, where could I buy the ticket after landed Japan?
    (my trip is 25/12 landing at Tokyo, then go to Nagano for skiing and visiting the monkeys, and then go to Nagoya on 29/12, and finally back to Tokyo on 1/1/18 (will purchase ticket with the new app smartEX, and travel via Shinkansen).
    Thanks a lot!

    1. Hi Bernard,

      As you think, you cannot purchase a ticket for Nagano to Nagoya online. You need to purchase it after you arrive in Japan. But you can book a ticket at any major JR stations in advance. In Tokyo, you can book and purchase a ticket at most of JR stations.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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