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Nagano Electric Railway
Native name
Nagano Dentetsu
TypePublic K.K.
FoundedMay 30, 1920; 102 years ago (1920-05-30)
2201, Gondocho, Nagano, Nagano (長野県長野市権堂町2201)
Area served
Key people
Tohei Kodu (founder)[1]
Servicespassenger railways
other related services
OwnerKitano Construction[2] (8.56%)
Hachijuni Bank (3.73%)
Dai-ichi Hoki (1.04%)
SubsidiariesNagaden Bus
Map of the Nagano Line
Map of the Nagano Line

The Nagano Electric Railway (長野電鉄, Nagano Dentetsu) is a private railway based in Nagano, Japan. The company and its line are commonly referred to as Nagaden (長電). It originally operated three lines, but only the Nagano Line between Nagano — Suzaka — Shinshū-Nakano — Yudanaka remains in service. And, this company makes a 1.1% investment in Shinano Railway.


The Nagano Line has frequent local and express services. It is a major route for commuter traffic in Nagano, and also serves as a link for tourists going to the town of Obuse, the hot springs at Yudanaka, and the ski resorts at Shiga Kōgen.

At limited times throughout the year, there are special reserve round-trip trains between Nagano and Obuse several nights a week in which customers are served a local, specially-made bento and drink local alcohol. For example, on select evenings in March and April, local nihonshu.[3] At other seasons, a beer train on the same route is available. In addition, a wine-tasting train from Nagano to Yudanaka or Yudanaka to Nagano is available on select Saturdays throughout the year.


No.[4] Station name Japanese Distance (km) Limited Express Connections Tracks Location
Between stations Total B A
N1 Nagano 長野 - 0.0
Hokuriku Shinkansen
Shin'etsu Main Line
Shinano Railway Kita-Shinano Line
Two Nagano
N2 Shiyakushomae 市役所前 0.4 0.4  
N3 Gondō 権堂 0.6 1.0  
N4 Zenkōjishita 善光寺下 0.6 1.6  
N5 Hongō 本郷 1.1 2.7  
N6 Kirihara 桐原 0.9 3.6  
N7 Shinano-Yoshida 信濃吉田 0.7 4.3 Shinano Railway Kita-Shinano Line (Kita-Nagano)
N8 Asahi 朝陽 2.0 6.3  
N9 Fuzokuchūgakumae 附属中学前 0.7 7.0  
N10 Yanagihara 柳原 1.0 8.0  
N11 Murayama 村山 2.0 10.0   Suzaka
N12 Hino 日野 1.0 11.0  
N13 Suzaka 須坂 1.5 12.5  
N14 Kitasuzaka 北須坂 2.5 15.0  
N15 Obuse 小布施 2.5 17.5   Obuse (Kamitakai)
N16 Tsusumi 都住 1.1 18.6  
N17 Sakurasawa 桜沢 2.7 21.3   Nakano
N18 Entoku 延徳 2.0 23.3  
N19 Shinshū-Nakano 信州中野 2.3 25.6  
N20 Nakano-Matsukawa 中野松川 1.4 27.0  
N21 Shinano-Takehara 信濃竹原 2.3 29.3  
N22 Yomase 夜間瀬 1.1 30.4   Yamanouchi (Shimotakai)
N23 Kamijō 上条 1.4 31.8  
N24 Yudanaka 湯田中 1.4 33.2  

Rolling stock

An 8500 series EMU
An 8500 series EMU
Ex-Odakyū 10000 series HiSE sets for Limited express "A" (Yukemuri) services. Entered service from 9 December 2006.
Ex-JR Narita Express 253 series sets for Snow Monkey limited express services. Entered service from 26 February 2011.
Ex-Tokyo Metro 03 series sets for local services. Introduced in January 2020. Scheduled to replace the existing 3500 & 3600 series in 2020.
Ex-TRTA 3000 series sets for local services. Introduced in 1993. Scheduled to be removed from service in late 2020.
Ex-Tokyu 8500 series sets for local services. Introduced in 2005.[5]

Former rolling stock

For Limited express "B" services. (1957–August 2011)
For "Officeman & Student" Local services. (1966–2002)
For "Officeman & Student" Local services. (1980–2017)


The original Nagano Electric Railway was built in 1926, connecting Gondō in Nagano with Suzaka, and electrified at 1,500 V DC. Later that year, the company absorbed the operations of Katō Railway, which operated a line on the east bank of the Chikuma River from Yashiro via Suzaka to Kijima, with the Gongo to Yoshida section being double-tracked. The following year, an additional line was constructed from Shinshū-Nakano to Yudanaka, and in 1928, the line was extended to Nagano Station as dual track.[citation needed]

The Yoshida - Asahi section was double-tracked in 1956, and freight services ceased in 1979. CTC signalling was commissioned between Yudanaka and Asahi in 1980, and extended to Nagano in 1984. The section from Nagano to Zenkōjishita was converted to an underground railway in 1981.[citation needed]

Former connecting lines


See also


This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia.

  1. ^ He is Tsutomu Hata's grandfather.
  2. ^ Kitano Construction is made a 1.9% investment by Matsuya (department store) and a 1.7% investment by Toei Company
  3. ^ "ながでん地酒トレイン".
  4. ^ 長野電鉄各駅情報一覧|長野電鉄ホームページ. Nagaden (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 1 September 2014.
  5. ^ "東急8500系と田園都市線のあゆみ" [Tokyu 8500 series and the History of the Denentoshi Line]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbunsha. 38 (301): 12–21. May 2009.
  6. ^ 長野電鉄屋代線が廃止される [Nagano Electric Railway Yashiro Line Closes]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2012.