Hokoriku Shinkansen Bullet Train Due to Open March 2015

The Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train line from JR (Japan Rail) Tokyo to JR Kanazawa stations is scheduled to start services on March 14, 2015. Prices are yet to be fixed by the government but a proposal has been made by the East and West Japan Railway company. The price submitted was 14,120 yen for a one-way journey. Prices suggested by JR East and JR West which will operate the line jointly – for other destinations are; 12,730 yen from Tokyo to Toyama; 8,960 yen from Nagano to Kanazawa and 3,330 yen for the short journey from Toyama to Kanazawa.

The line is covered by the Japan Rail Pass and will also include another class titled ‘Grand Class’ – a level above Japan’s Green Class. The benefits of riding in Grand Class are fewer passengers, wider seats (130 cm) that can be reclined and a dedicated cabin service crew.

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