Hokuriku line bullet trains christened

Kyodo

East Japan Railway Co. and West Japan Railway Co. have named four bullet trains that will run on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, which will connect Tokyo and Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, via Nagano, from spring 2015.

The names — Kagayaki, Hakutaka, Tsurugi and Asama — were selected among proposals submitted by the public.

Kagayaki will be used for the fastest trains, which will stop only at major stations between Tokyo and Kanazawa, while Hakutaka shinkansen will stop at more stations on the line.

Trains shuttling between Toyama and Kanazawa will be named Tsurugi, while those running on the Nagano Shinkansen Line will retain the name Asama.