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.
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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x:All trains stop *:some trains stop
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.
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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.