Hokuriku Shinkansen extension to start services on March 16

East and West Japan Railway company officials say an extended Shinkansen line along the Sea of Japan coast will be up and running on March 16, a year later than planned.

The new section of the Hokuriku Shinkansen runs between Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture and Tsuruga in Fukui Prefecture.

The launch date has been pushed back due to construction delays.

The fastest Kagayaki trains will make nine round trips between Tokyo and Tsuruga each day. The slower Hakutaka trains will make five.

Traveling from Tokyo to Fukui could take as little as 2 hours and 51 minutes.

Officials plan to finalize fares and a timetable by the end of the year. Test runs are set to start on September 23.