The Asama (あさま?) is a high-speed Shinkansen train service operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) on the Nagano Shinkansen in Japan. The shinkansen service was introduced in October 1997, but the name was first used for a semi-express service operated by Japanese National Railways (JNR) in 1961. "Asama" is the name of an active volcano (Mount Asama) near Karuizawa, on the boundary between Gunma and Nagano Prefecture.
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... From 1 October 1997, the name Asamawas used for the services on the newly opened Nagano Shinkansen, operating between Tokyo and Nagano ... additional services were provided using one specially modified 200 series train(set F80), limited to a maximum speed of 210 km/h ... Four E4 series double-decker "Max" trains(sets P51/52 and P81/82) were also specially built for seasonal use on the Nagano Shinkansen as Max Asamaservices, but only two (sets P81 and P82) are ...