The limited express train Shinano runs between Nagano (長野) and Nagoya (名古屋). When you go to Japan Northern Alps, take this train to Matsumoto (松本), and transfer to a local train on Oito line bound for Shinano-Omachi (信濃大町), Hakuba (白馬) and Minami-Otari (南小谷). And also this train goes through the Kiso vallery which has some small histrical post towns, such as Tsumago, Magome
I will explain about this train in this article.
Route, schedule and trip time
It takes about 3 hours to get to Nagano from Nagoya. Most of Shinano depart from both side Nagoya and Nagano once every hour at :00.
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Seat and facilities
The 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 a seat at the very front row when you go to Nagano, you will enjoy beautiful sceneries. The seat pitch is 1,160mm in Green class and 1,000mm in an ordinary class. 1,000mm in Ordinary is bigger than the standard of an ordinary class.
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Smoking is not allowed on this train.
Extra cars may be added for peak seasons.
I got on this train from Nagoya to Matsumoto and dropped by Magome. Please see the link below to find my trip report:
This train is fully covered by Japan Rail Pass with no restriction.
I hope you will enjoy a trip on this train to Nagano and Matsumoto.