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East Japan Railway Co. announced July 25 that it will operate 24 round-trip bullet train services a day between Tokyo and Nagano from Oct. 1.

The Asama bullet train travels at a maximum speed of 260 kph and will connect the two cities in one hour and 37 minutes on average, or 90 minutes shorter than the current service. In addition to the Tokyo-Nagano service, JR East will also begin four round-trip bullet train services a day between Tokyo and the summer resort of Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture. The fare for the bullet train service between Tokyo and Nagano has been set at 7,970 yen one way for a reserved seat during regular season, while the fare between Tokyo and Karuizawa will be 5,750 yen.

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