Save money and time going to Kanazawa, Overnight Express train Noto

Overnight Express Noto is operated by 485 series. (C) Sui-setz / 800px-JR_East_485_Express_Noto

Overnight Express Noto is operated by 485 series. (C) Sui-setz / 800px-JR_East_485_Express_Noto

*Since March 2012, this train has not been operated. Even though JR East has not announced officially anything about this train, this train seemed to be discontinued.

Not (能登) is the overnight express train that is operated between Ueno (上野) and Kanazawa (金沢). This train used to be a scheduled train. But it was changed to a seasonal train in Mar, 2010. It is usually operated on every Friday and in peak season, such as spring holidays (late April to early May), Obon hoidays (mid August) and Christmas holidays. This train was operated on Saturday before Mar 2011. But JR cut down the operation days because they tried to make vehicle occupancy higher.

This train is fully covered by Japan Rail Pass. It might be hard to get a seat on this train since this train is always busy. But it is considerable for overnight transfer between Tokyo and Kanazawa. Let’s see the details about this train.

Route and timetable

Dormy Inn Toyama
Great location and fair price
ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Toyama
3 star property in central location
Dormy Inn Kanazawa
Reasonable price includes sauna and spa
Miyako Hotel Kanazawa
Located in front of Kanazawa station

This train connects Ueno in Tokyo with Toyama and Kanazawa in Hokuriku area. This train depart in late night and arrive in early morning. So you can use your day to its maximum. Please check the detail timetable below.

StationsFrom Ueno
to Kanazawa
From Kanazawa
to Ueno
Ueno (上野)23:3306:19
Omiya (大宮)00:0105:53
Kumagaya (熊谷)00:3205:22
Takasaki (高崎)01:0904:46

This timetable is as of September 1, 2011. Please check the updated timetable before you get. And also this is a seasonal train. It is operated on Friday and the peak season only. Please check the most updated schedule and timetable at Seasonal Trains Schedule.

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Accommodation and train formations

This train is operated by 485 series. 485 series was very common for most of limited express train throughout Japan. It is outdated to use for limited express trains late days. This train was used for Overnight Rapid train Moonlight Echigo. All cars are reserved Green and ordinary seat. It does not have any berth and compartment. And this train does not have any non reserved cars either. You need to get a reserved seat before you ride.

And also you won’t have any on board sales in this train. Grab your drinks and snacks before your take this train.

*Sonic Rail Garden has copyright for all images of accommodations below.

Reserved Green seat

Reserved ordinary seat

Reserved ordinary seat for women only

Train formation


G=Green seat R=Reserved ordinary seat WR=Reserved ordinary seat for women only


  1. Helen says:

    Hi, is this train still operating? Can I take it in this March?

  2. charlton says:

    Is this train going to be operating in September 2012?

    • Takeshi Shimomura, Author of
      JPRail says:

      Hi charlton,

      No, it isn’t. JR have not announced it officially. It may be discontinued.



  3. B.tri says:

    Is NOTO operated in Spring , March and April? I found only in winter ,fall and simmer.

    • Takeshi Shimomura, Author of
      JPRail says:

      Hi B tri,
      Spring timetable has not been released yet.
      Japan Railway will revise a timetable in March 17. The details and timetable are coming late February.
      Takeshi / JP Rail

    • Takeshi Shimomura, Author of
      JPRail says:

      Hi B.tri,
      You may have seen my latest post. Noto will not be operated in this coming spring.
      Just for your info.
      Takeshi / JP Rail

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