Limited Express Shinano

Limited Express Shinano


Running from Nagano Station to Nagoya Station, the Limited Express Wide View Shinano connects two of Central Japan’s major cities and travel hubs. Taking its name for the large windows which afford fantastic views of the passing landscape and stops at the following stations:


NaganoShinonoi – Hijiri-Kogen – Akashina – MatsumotoShiojiriKiso-Fukushima – Agematsu – Nagiso – Nakatsugawa – Ena – Taijimi Chikusa – Kanayama – Nagoya*




*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.


The service operates approximately once an hour and makes the journey between Nagano and Nagoya in approximately 3 hours. From/to Nagano Station, expect the following journey times and costs:


to Matsumoto: 50 minutes / non-reserved JPY2370 & reserved JPY2700


to Kiso-Fukushima: 90 minutes / non-reserved JPY3840 & reserved JPY4170


to Nakatsugawa: 125 minutes / non-reserved JPY5280 & reserved JPY5610


to Nagoya: 180 minutes / non-reserved JPY6930 & reserved JPY7260


This is a popular line for both tourists and local people therefore it can be busy, especially in the morning, evening and on weekends. If you are traveling as a family or large group, reserving seats in advance is a good idea to ensure that you can sit together. This service is covered by the full Japan Rail (JR) Pass.


For train schedules, please refer to our ‘Limited Express Shinano Line Timetable’ page.


Recommended Destinations Using the Shinano


Running from Nagano to Nagoya, the Shinano Line opens-up the heart of Central Japan and some of its most unique and enjoyable destinations.


Our tours start and end at Nagano Station, making them a convenient option for any guest in the region. From the station, the Jigokudani Monkey Park can be accessed within around 60 minutes while the city’s near-1400 year old Zenko-ji Temple is nearby and can be visited on-foot.


Lying just outside the city, Togakushi is home of some of Japan’s most important Shinto shrines, ninja museums and some of the country’s best ‘soba’ (buckwheat) noodles.


In winter, Nagano’s many ski resorts including those that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics can be reached and from spring to autumn, the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route opens-up to the world.


As a stop on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line running from Tokyo to Kananzawa, Nagano is the perfect launching point from where to explore the region including on a private tour or charter – see below for details.


Taking the Shinano Line 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.


From there you can make your way to Takayama and its famous old town before also exploring the World Heritage-listed villages of Shirakawa-go & Gokayama.


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.


The line ends at Nagoya Station. As one of Japan’s great metropolises, Nagoya has so much to offer including great food, museums and historic sites. Why not start with our 25 ‘Things to do in & around Nagoya’ page for some tips and suggestions of what to do while there.


All of this and more can be experienced when using the Limited Express Shinano Line.


Private Tours & Charters with Snow Monkey Resorts


Based in Nagano City and operating all year round, we are Nagano’s No.1-rated tour and charter operator, offering a range of services including private charters along with private and group tours.


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!


Why choose us?


Awarded a 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for our 1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour – recognised as one of the Top 10 Experiences in Japan – we have the local knowledge and experience to help you get the most out of your time in Nagano.



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