Limited Express Azusa
Running from Shinjuku Station to Matsumoto Station, the Limited Express Azusa operates on the Chuo Main Line and in doing so, connects the capital to Central Japan.
The Azusa is one of two convenient services running along the Chuo Main Line:
1 / the Limited Express Azusa: running from Shinjuku to Matsumoto, the service connects visitors to one of Central Japan’s most historic cities and convenient transport hubs – see below for details.
2 / the Limited Express Kaiji: running from Shinjuku to Kofu, connects to the stations nearby Mount Fuji using the Fujikyu Railway Line via Otsuki Station.
The Chuo Main Line is a primary route to head to and from Central Japan, allowing visitors to reach numerous destinations – see below for details.
Limited Express Azusa
Most Limited Express Azusa services run to/from Shinjuku Station and Matsumoto Station, with some services extended to stops prior to Shinjuku Station including Chiba – Funabashi – Kinshicho – Tokyo; and after Matsumoto Station including Toyoshina – Hotaka – Shinano-Omachi – Hakuba – Minami-Otari. The following are regular stops:
*Please note, stations marked in bold / red on the map are stops on all services. Those not marked in bold are only serviced by certain services throughout the day.
**While some Azusa services stop at Otsuki Station allowing passengers to transfer to the Fujikyu Railway Line headed to Mount Fuji, most services do not. To reach Otsuki it will usually be easiest to transfer from the Azusa and either Hachioji or Kofu and take the Limited Express Kaiji service onto Otsuki.
The journey from Shinjuku to Matsumoto takes around 170 minutes and costs JPY6620. There are frequent services throughout the day, typically one or two each hour. Train include both reserved and non-reserved seats. For daily train schedule, please refer to our ‘Limited Express Azusa Timetable’ page.
The Limited Express Azusa is covered by the full Japan Rail (JR) Pass.
Recommended Destinations Using the Limited Express Azusa
For many visitors, the Limited Express Azusa service will be their mode of transport to or from Central Japan. Running to Matsumoto Station, using the Hida service opens-up many of the region’s most enjoyable destinations and experiences.
Taking the Limited Express Azusa to Matsumoto, visitors can enjoy one of Japan’s last remaining castles and everything this pleasant little city has to offer. From Matsumoto, you can head high into the mountains and the stunning alpine valley of Kamikochi.
Heading south from Matsumoto to the stations of Kiso-Fukushima and Nakatsugawa, visitors can walk the historic Nakasendo Trail and breathe in the tranquility and beauty of the Kiso Valley.
Matsumoto is connected to Nagano City by the Limited Express Shinano service. Taking only 50 minutes to reach Nagano, you have access to destinations including the Jigokudani Monkey Park and the city’s near-1400 year old Zenko-ji Temple.
Located just outside of Nagano City, Togakushi is home to some of Japan’s most important Shinto shrines, walking trails, ninja museums and villages along with acclaimed ‘soba’ (buckwheat noodles).
For visitors coming to the region in winter, the many ski resorts of Nagano – including those that hosted events during the 1998 Winter Olympics – can be accessed from both Matsumoto and Nagano including on our group tours to and from Nagano and Hakuba, along with private tours and charters.
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Our drivers and vehicles are fully certified, allowing us to transport you to and from your preferred destinations, in combination with any activity that suits your interests and schedule including transport to and from any ski resort in the region.
We can arrange both private tours with an English-speaking guide or a private charter, including a private vehicle and driver but without a guide. We’d love to be part of that experience and help you discover even more!
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