The line from Nagano - Kanazawa is excpected to be open by 2014 with future plans to extend it down the coast to Fukui and then onto Shin-Osaka on a yet to be finalised route. When we were in Noto Hanto in the summer much of the line seemed to be completed. In Kyushu, from March 2012 the Shinkansen from Hakata (Fukuoka) to Kagoshima in the south of the island will be running.
What a pity people living in Japan aren't eligible for the JR pass.... I am not sure of the fares on the yet to be opened routes, but Tokyo to Shin Aomori is 16,570 Yen (165 USD or so) one way.
|Shinkansen map Nov 2011|
|Shinkansen Map 2008|
The route of the Hokuriku Shinkansen
|Hokuriku Shinkansen line outside Kanazawa Sept 2010|
|Hokuriku Shinkansen line at Itoigawa Sept 2010|
The Kyushu line