Travel at thrilling speeds in total comfort and experience the beauty of Japan aboard one of the world’s most advanced high-speed trains when the Hokuriku Shinkansen (bullet train) opens its doors to new passenger service on March 14th, 2015. Connecting Tokyo and the historic capital of the Ishikawa prefecture, Kanazawa in approximately two and a half hours, the new route will provide quick access to the Hokuriku region and beyond.
Heading north and west from Tokyo on Japan’s main island of Honshu, the new train route will provide ready access to the prefectures of Nagano, Niigata, Toyama, Gifu, Ishikawa and Fukui. Framed by the majestic Japanese Alps to the south and the fishing villages found along the Sea of Japan’s picturesque coastline, the region offers a treasure trove of cultural excursions far off the beaten path. The Hokuriku region’s culture and local craftsmanship have remained virtually unchanged over the course of time.