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Direct transfer to Amanohashidate from Kyoto, Limited Express Hashidate


Some of Hashidate are operated by the newest fleet of JR West. (C) Jonathan Ayre

Some of Hashidate are operated by the newest fleet of JR West. (C) Jonathan Ayre

Hashidate (はしだて) connects Kyoto (京都) with Miyazu (宮津), Amanohashidate (天橋立) and Toyooka (豊岡). This is only train to go directly one of “Three Views of Japan”, Amanohashidate.

This train, Hahidate go through KTR (Kitakinki Tango Railway) between Fukuchiyama and Toyooka. So if you use this train and go to stations further than Fukuchiyama by Japan Rail Pass, you need to pay extra. I would like to share with you about route, schedule, accommodations of these trains, and extra charge for Japan Rail Pass users.

Route, schedule and time required

Amanohashidate is one of Three Views of Japan. ©Kyoto Prefecture/© JNTO

Amanohashidate is one of Three Views of Japan. ©Kyoto Prefecture/© JNTO

Hashidate connects Kyoto with Miyazu/Amanohashidate in 2 hours, and with Toyooka in 3 hours. If you go somewhere between Amanohashidate and Toyooka, this train will be suitable for you. But if you go to Toyooka, Kinosaki and Kounotori are the right choice. Because Hashidate will go on KTR line. It is going a long way round.

The number of trips is the following:
Between Kyoto and Miyazu — 1 trip to Kyoto
Between Kyoto and Amanohashidate — 3 round trips
Between Kyoto and Toyooka — 1 trip to Toyooka, 2 trips to Kyoto

If you go to Amanohashidate from Kyoto, this train “Hashidate” is the best choice. But if you cannot take this train, you can take another limited express, Kinosaki to Fukuchiyama. And then you can take a local or express train from Fukuchiyama to Amanohashidate by Kitakinki Tango Railway.

If you travel somewhere further than Fukuchiyama by Japan Rail Pass, you need to pay some extra because this section is not Japan Railway line. The extra charges are the following:

Fukuchiyama Miyazu Amanohashidate Kumihama Toyooka
Fukuchiyama 680/630 750/630 1530/950 1750/950
Miyazu 680/630 200/320 1020/630 1240/950
Amanohashidate 750/630 200/320 950/630 1160/950
Kumihama 1530/950 1020/630 950/630 280/320
Toyooka 1750/950 1240/950 1160/950 280/320

This above table shows you Basic fare / Non reserved seat of Limited Express surcharge.
If you take a reserved ordinary seat, you need to pay extra 100 yen.

take a limited express train on this section, the surcharge is 630 yen for non reserved ordinary seat. If you take a reserved seat, you need to pay another 100yen.

If you need the detail schedule, you can find it at Hyperdia.
* If you don’t know how to use Hyperdia, please refer this post

Stations
Kyoto (京都) x
Nijo (二条) x
Kameoka (亀岡) x
Sonobe (園部) x
Ayabe (綾部) x
Fukuchiyama(福知山) x
Oe (大江) x
Miyazu (宮津) x
Amanohashidate (天橋立) x
Nodagawa (野田川) x
Tango-Omiya (丹後大宮) x
Mineyama (峰山) x
Amino (網野) x
Kitsu-Onsen (木津温泉) x
Kumihama (久美浜) x
Toyooka(豊岡) x

x:All train stop *:Some of trains stop


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Accommodation and train formations

Hashidate is operated by the newest fleet 287 series, very common 183 series and KTR 8000 series (diesel multiple unit). 287 series is of course newer and more spacious than 183 series. KTR 8000 series is not bad choice either. This train has very big leg space too. Usually 287 series and 183 series are us

*I have received many images of 287 series from my viewer, Mr. Jonathan Ayre. I would like to thank you for your contribution.

*Sonic Rail Garden has copyright for all images of 183 series accommodations below.

287 series

This train was introduced in this past March. This is one of the newest fleet in all JR trains. The seat configuration in Green class is 2+1 and the seat pitch is 1160mm. The seat configuration in Ordinary class is 2+2 and the seat pitch is 970mm. All seats in Green class and the first row seats in Ordinary class have a power outlet. You can use your laptop or charge your batteries.

4 cars formation

1 2 3 4
G R R NR NR

*G=Green seat R=Reserved ordinary seat NR=Non reserved ordinary seat
Smoking is not allowed on this train.
Maizuru is operated with Kinosaki always. This is the reason why car number is started from 5.

Images

Green seat
Nichirin and Hyuga 787 series Green seat Nichirin and Hyuga 787 series Green seat Nichirin and Hyuga 787 series Green seat

Ordinary seat
Kounotori 287 series Ordinary seat Kounotori 287 series Ordinary seat Kounotori 287 series Ordinary seat Kounotori 287 series Ordinary seat

Sanitary space
Kounotori 287 series Sanitary space Kounotori 287 series washroom Kounotori 287 series washroom

Entrance deck
Kounotori 287 series Entrance deck Kounotori 287 series Entrance deck

183 series

183 series is one of most common train. (C) Mitsuki-2368 - 792px-JRW_EC_183_series_B63_kounotori

183 series is one of most common train. (C) Mitsuki-2368 - 792px-JRW_EC_183_series_B63_kounotori

183 series will be stopped operating for this train, Hashidate very soon. But there are still a few trips by this series. The seat configuration in Green class is 2+2 and the seat pitch is 1200mm. It is a big seat and has enough leg room. The seat pitch on Ordinary seat is 910mm.

Train formation

1 2 3 4
G R R NR NR

*G=Green seat R=Reserved ordinary seat NR=Non reserved ordinary seat
Smoking is not allowed on this train. This train is sometimes operated by 6 cars formation.

Images
Green seat
183 series Green seat 183 series Green seat 183 series Green seat 183 series Green seat 183 series Green seat

Ordinary seat
183 series Ordinary seat 183 series Ordinary seat 183 series Ordinary seat 183 series Ordinary seat 183 series Ordinary seat

Sanitary space
183 series Sanitary space 183 series Sanitary space 183 series Sanitary space

Entrance deck and vending machine
183 series entrance deck 183 series vending machine 183 series vending machine

KTR 8000 series

Some of Hashidate are operated by KTR 8000 series (C) Mamo-800px-Ktr3

Some of Hashidate are operated by KTR 8000 series (C) Mamo-800px-Ktr3

This series do not have any Green class seat. But the seat configuration is 2+2 and the seat pitch is 1050mm. It is quite bigger than a standard of ordinary class.

I do not have any images of this series. You can find some images on KTR official website.

Train formation

1 2
R NR

*G=Green seat R=Reserved ordinary seat NR=Non reserved ordinary seat
Smoking is not allowed on this train. This train is sometimes operated by 4 cars formation with Maizuru.


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34 Comments to “Direct transfer to Amanohashidate from Kyoto, Limited Express Hashidate”

  1. kurt says:

    Hi,

    I am planning a day trip from Osaka station to Amanohashidate.

    My trip will be taking the Konotori from Osaka -> Fukuchiyama -> Ltd Exp Hashidate to Amanohashidate. I plan to buy the Amanohashidate Day Pass
    1) Can I buy the Amanohashidate Day Pass in Osaka Station? Any JR ticket counter?
    2) Where can I find more info on the Amanohashidate Day Pass? (with information on the free bicycle rental and ferry)
    3) If possible, I would like to reserve seats for the entire journey. But if I were to buy the Day Pass only on board the Ltd Exp train, then I won’t be able to reserve seats, will I?

    • Hi Kurt,

      1) Unfortunately not. This pass can be purchased in Kyoto Tango Railway area.
      http://www.amanohashidate.jp/lang/en/kyoto-sea-area-pass/

      2) I only have link above. This link can show you PDF brochure. Ferry and rental cycle can be taken at Amanohashidate pier where is located near Amanohashidate station. You can find the exact location there. It’s very closed and almost in front of the station.

      3) You cannot make a reservation. This pass can give you only non reserved seat. Even if you use JR Kansai Wide Area Pass to get Fukuchiyama, it does not cover reserved seat. If you want to book, single fare is better choice.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

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