Shinano (train)

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383 series electric train on a Shinano service, May 2007
Service type Limited express
Status Operational
First service 11 November 1953 (Semi-express)
13 December 1959 (Express)
1 October 1968 (Limited express)
Current operator(s) JR Central
Former operator(s) JNR
Start Nagoya
End Nagano
Line(s) used Chūō Main Line, Shinonoi Line, Shin'etsu Main Line
On-board services
Class(es) Green + Standard
Seating arrangements 2+2 unidirectional
Catering facilities Trolley service
Rolling stock 383 series EMU
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC
Operating speed 130 km/h (80 mph)[1]

The Shinano (しなの), branded as (Wide View) Shinano ((ワイドビュー)しなの) is limited express train service in Japan operated by Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central), which runs between Nagoya and Nagano via Matsumoto.[1]


Some trains start or terminate at Nagoya Station.

Nagoya - (Kanayama) - Chikusa - Tajimi - (Ena) - Nakatsugawa - (Nagiso) - (Agematsu) - Kiso-Fukushima - Shiojiri - Matsumoto - (Akashina) - (Hijiri-Kōgen) - Shinonoi - Nagano

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Green car (first class) and standard class accommodation is provided, with 2+2 abreast unidirectional seating in both classes.[1] Seat pitch is 1,200 mm (47 in) in Green class and 1,000 mm (39 in) in standard class.[1] All trains are no smoking.


The Shinano service was first introduced on 11 November 1953 as a semi-express operating between Nagoya and Nagano.[2] This was upgraded to "express" status from 13 December 1959, and became a "limited express" from 1 October 1968.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e JR新幹線&特急列車ファイル [JR Shinkansen & Limited Express Train File]. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. 2008. p. 32. ISBN 978-4-330-00608-6. 
  2. ^ a b 列車名鑑1995 [Train Name Directory 1995]. Japan: Railway Journal. August 1995. p. 126. 

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