The Hokuriku shinkansen line, which currently runs from Tokyo to Nagano, will be extended from Nagano to Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture, on March 14, 2015.
Officials of JR East and JR West made the announcement at a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday.
The extended line will connect Tokyo and Kanazawa in 2 1/2 hours, 80 minutes faster than the present time, Sankei Shimbun reported. There will be 10 round trips a day using the new Kagayaki trains, with a stop in Toyama Prefecture.
Officials said they hope the new service will revitalize the local economies and tourism industries in Nagano and Ishikawa prefectures.© Japan Today