The Fujikawa (ふじかわ) is a limited express train service in Japan operated by Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central), which runs between Shizuoka and Kōfu. Since October 1995, it has been branded as Wide View Fujikawa, following the introduction of new 373 series EMUs replacing the previous 165 series trains.
373 series EMU on a Fujikawa service at Shizuoka
|Service type||Limited express|
|First service||1956 (Semi express)|
1995 (Limited express)
|Current operator(s)||JR Central|
|Distance travelled||122.4 km (76.1 mi)|
|Average journey time||2 hours 30 minutes approx|
|Service frequency||7 return workings daily|
|Line(s) used||Tōkaidō Main Line, Minobu Line|
|Rolling stock||373 series EMU|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC|
|Operating speed||110 km/h (68 mph)|
|Track owner(s)||JR Central|
The Fujikawa (富士川) was introduced on 20 March 1956 as a "Semi express" train running between Fuji and Kōfu using 80 series 4-car EMUs. From 1 October 1964, this was extended to run to and from Shizuoka.
From 5 March 1966, the service between Shizuoka and Kōfu was upgraded to "Express" status. From 15 March 1972, the 80 series EMUs were replaced by 165 series EMUs displaced by the opening of the Sanyō Shinkansen.
From 18 March 2007, all cars were made no-smoking.
Trains stop at the following stations:
Like all JR Central limited express trains, a limited express fee has to be paid, on top of the normal fee to ride this service. Services are formed of 3-car 373 series EMUs. There are 7 return workings a day, with the journey time taking approximately 2 hours 30 minutes from Shizuoka to Kōfu. Trains operate at a maximum speed of 110 km/h (68 mph).
Only standard class is available on this service. Seat reservations can be made for an additional fee. There are no catering facilities available. There are toilets on this train.