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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.


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

  1. sk koh says:

    I have the following itinerary:
    Day 1: Nagoya to takayama
    Day 3: takayama to Toyama
    Day 5 Omachi Onsen to Shinano Omachi to Nagoya
    Day 6: to Kyoto
    Day 7: to Nara, and back to Kyoto.
    Day 8: Kyoto to Amanohashidate.
    Day 9: Amano to Nagoya
    1) Can you tell me whether I should purchase JR Pass, Kansai Area Pass , or just buy JR + bus/coach tickets when in Japan.( this latter option may be cheaper?)
    2) Can the JR pass be used for ALL sectors.
    3) Can JR tickets be used on subways in Nagoya or Kyoto.

    Regards,
    SK

    • JPRail says:

      Hi Sk Koh,

      JR Pass does not meet your itinerary. I recommend you to use single tickets and Kansai Wide Area Pass.

      Day 1 to 5 single ticket. There is no deals available.
      Day 6 to 9 Kansai Wide Area Pass
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/the-newest-jr-west-rail-pass-for-kansai-and-okayama-kurashiki-kinosakai-and-shingu-area-kansai-wide-area-pass.html

      You need to add fare for Maibara-Nagoya segment on the way back to Nagoya. You will pass Maibara when you go to Kyoto from Nagoya. But this pass can’t be purchased at Maibara. So you have to pay for Nagoya-Kyoto single fare. And after you arrive in Kyoto, purchase this pass and activate right away.

      You need to pay some more for taking bus and subways in Kyoto. Because any JR deals do not cover subway and bus. When you go to Nara and Amanohashidate, this pass covers fully. But most of places in Kyoto cannot be accessed by JR trains.
      http://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/how-to-access-to-nara-by-japan-rail-pass-if-you-dont-use-jr-pass-kintetsu-railway-is-more-convenient.html
      http://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-kyoto-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

      • sk koh says:

        Dear TAkeshi,
        (1) you mean the kansai wide area pass, i can travel from KYoto all the way to Amanohashidate withOUT additional add on costs. I thought the website says, i need to pay extra from Fukuchiyama to Amanohashidate.
        (2) you said “So you have to pay for Nagoya-Kyoto single fare. And after you arrive in Kyoto, purchase this pass and activate right away. – See more at: http://jprail.com/trains/limited-express-hashidate.html?replytocom=152140#respond” – so i use the KWArea Pass only when i first arrive Kyoto, and for a the round trip from Kyoto-Nara-Amano-Nagoya.
        Am i correct.
        3) I understand there is a new JR Hokuriku Area Pass for 4 days. Is this better/cheaper than normal JR trains/Nohi bus from Nagoya to Toyama/Alpine route/ Nagoya. BUt i want to stopover in Takayama and Toyama.(at no extra cost). Where can i find out what discounts i can get with this Hokuriko PAss.
        Regards

        • JPRail says:

          Hi sk koh,

          1) My mistake. You have to pay extra for the segment between Fukuchiyama and Amanohashidate. This segment belong to Kitatango Railway that is non JR lines.
          2) Kansai WIDE Area Pass can be purchased in Kansai Area only. That’s why you can’t start to use before you get Kyoto.
          3) If you take your original route, Nagoya-Takayama-Toyama, Hokuriku Pass does not meet. This pass can be used for travellers who want to go to Kanazawa or Toyama from Osaka directly. As long as you want to stopover Takayama between Nagoya and Toyama, single fare is better choice. Even if you use this pass, you will use for only Inotani-Toyama segment at 650 yen fare. 4500 yen is too much even if you get discount. And also you can’t purchase this pass before you arrive in Toyama.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JP Rail

          • SK Koh says:

            Dear Takeshi,
            10 April,

            (1) Hida Course – Tateyama Kurobe Alpine ticket- Type A. Can I buy the ticket in Japan ; can I use Master credit card to purchase. What is validity of ticket. Do I need to prebook the departure dates, or I can use it anytime.
            (2) Is there an overnight train from Shinano Omachi or Matsumoto to Kyoto; what is the English website, to check cabin, price, schedule.
            (3) What is the difference between Matsumoto, and Matsumoto IC.
            (4) Alpico BUS website. I cannot find the English version.
            I need to know how long the journey and departure times in May and ticket cost from Matsumoto to Kyoto. How can I book/make a reservation.

            Recently there has been some new transport routes:
            (5) Shoryudo 5 Day Pass – are you able to tell me whether I can follow my own schedule for eg, from Chubu, NGY , I go first to Takayama … or go from Takayama to Shirakawa and return . Is there an English website I can use to check the schedule/ departure times.
            (6) Nohi bus from Chubu to Takayama AFTer May 14, Is there a morning departure. I cannot find on website.

            Regards,
            SK

          • Hi SK,

            1. I think it’s stopped selling this deal at this moment. JR Central website does not show anything now. And I don’t know it will be available or not.
            http://english.jr-central.co.jp/tickets/value/index.html
            Now single ticket is only choice to travel there.

            2. No

            3. Do you mean Matsumoto IC in bus timetable? If so, Matusmoto IC means Matsumoto interchange. That’s Matsumoto exit of highway. It’s way from the station.

            4. Unfortunately they don’t have it. And also you can’t book it from outside of Japan. Most of bus company in Japan still deal with local in Japan only. But you can find info in English at the link below:
            http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/express/matsumoto_osaka/#timetable

            5. I have never heard this deal. Where did you find it?

            6. I think you saw this link.
            http://www.japanican.com/en/tour/detail/TKT1C008B/
            Unfortunately I don’t know more than this site. I think summer timetable has not been released yet.

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JP Rail

  2. sk koh says:

    What is the best way to travel from Amanohashidate to Takayama , withOUT having to backtrack to KYOto. Will flight be cheaper. If so which airline ?
    I am coming from Osaka, overnight in Kyoto, then to Amanohashidate , overnight..

    • JPRail says:

      Hi sk koh,

      Actually Amanohashidate-Kyoto-Takayama route is the best. Both Amanohashidate and Takayama do not have major airport. And there is no other easier and faster train route either.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

      • sk koh says:

        1) Can you tell me which website I can refer to for bus/coach journeys. I would like to go from Shinano Omachi to takayama and Kanazawa. The train service takes too long.

        Also:

        2) Below itinerary shows a change of train; allowing only 10 minutes. How do I know whether it is on the same platform or different platform. For a tourist this may be problem. Any suggestions.

        EXample:
        from Toyama., to

        Shirasagi No.10
        01:06pm
        03:44pm
        [158min.]
        236.0km
        5250yen
        UnReserved
        1150yen
        (Special Discount)

        to Maibara

        Hikari No.526
        03:55pm
        04:23pm
        [28min.]
        79.9km

        UnReserved
        1680yen

        to Nagoya

        3) would a Kansai wideArea Pass be useful if I travel only from Nagoya to Kyoto to Amanohashidate to Kyoto, instead of buying indiviual tickets. Or should I buy a different Rail Pass.

        Regards,

        • JPRail says:

          Hi sk koh,

          1) Actually most of bus companies do not have English website. So it’s hard to research for overseas travellers.
          As long as I know, Nohi bus has website and they run Matsumoto – Takayama bus.
          http://www.nouhibus.co.jp/english/matsumoto.html
          I don’t think there is any direct bus service between Shinano-Omachi and Takayama. You have to go to Matsumoto first.

          2) You can find the station layout of Maibara and Nagoya at the following link:
          http://english.jr-central.co.jp/info/station/index.html
          10 minutes transfer is very tight but not impossible.

          3) Yes, it does. It will be cheaper than single fare.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JP Rail

          • sk koh says:

            Dear Takeshi,
            thank you for your reply.

            1) Where can i prepurchase the Matsumoto- Takayama coach ticket. Can i buy on line.
            is the coach station in Matsumoto close to JR Oito line train station.coach
            2) Is there an English website of ALpico coach service. I need to check fares, and how to book. I want to travel between Matsumoto and Nagoya..
            3) Except for the Kansai wide Pass, which i need to purchase before i arrive in Japan, how many weeks before travel will the JR train tickets be availble for purchase online.

            Regards,

          • JPRail says:

            Hi sk koh,

            1) There is no online available. You can find the phone number at the bottom of the following link:
            http://www.nouhibus.co.jp/english/shirakawago_kanazawa.html
            Matsumoto bus terminal is just in front of Matsumoto station.
            Map https://goo.gl/maps/DW8H7

            2) Unfortunately there is no English site and no online booking. You have to book it on the spot.
            I just leave Japanese link:
            http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/express/nagano_nagoya/

            3) It’s started to sell one month prior to departure date. But there is no online booking available either.
            Please check it at the link below:
            http://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/how-to-reserve-seat.html

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JP Rail

          • sk koh says:

            Dear Takeshi,

            . You mean i can just call and book the coach tickets, and when i arrive in Matsumoto, for example, i just collect and pay for the tickets. What proof is there that i have already booked the tickets.
            Does the Nohi bus have an Office in Kyoto or Nagoya where i can pre buy the coach tickets. I could not find it on their website.
            Is mid May a peak season for travel in Honshu especially in Nagoya, and Alpen route. I am worried i may not be able to buy JR or coach tickets when i arrive in Japan.

            Regards,
            SK

          • JPRail says:

            Hi sk koh,

            I have never called this number. But I think they have an English operator and look after the oversea tourist. Because Takayama is very popular destination for them. There are lots of English demand. So I think if you call them and book it, they give you confirmation number and ticket pick up info. Anyway you can ask them how to do it.

            As long as I know, Nohi bus does not have any office in Nagoya and Kyoto. They have a bus route but they do the business with other bus companies that are based in Kyoto and Nagoya

            Mid May is not a peak season. In Japan, there are lots of holiday from end of Apr to 1st week of May. After that, it is quiet usually.

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JP Rail

  3. Grace says:

    i am arriving at Kansai international airport. I need to go to Kitakinki Tango Railway Amano-Hashidate Station from the airport. (a) What is the best route by rail to this station from the airport?

    We will stay there for one night, then leave to head for Rinku town. (b) What is the best route by rail from the (a) station to Rinku town?

    We are first time in Japan and will be carrying our light luggages.
    Thank you so much for your advice!

  4. Annie says:

    May I know what time is the last limited Hashidate train from Amanohashidate back to Kyoto?

    Thank you.

  5. Christina says:

    Hi I just came across your website on Limited Hashidate train from Kyoto to Amanohasidate. I am going to travel this Feb 8th from Osaka to Kyoto and would like to take the Ltd Hashidate train to Amanohashidate.

    I plan to take a 8am express train from Osaka JR station to Kyoto (30 mins) to catch the 9.25 am Limited Hashidate 1 train to Amanohashidate. Do I need to come out of Kyoto station to buy Ltd Hashidate train ticket or I just need to transfer internally and pay the ticket on board of the train?

    Hope you can provide some information on ticketing.

    Christina

    • JPRail says:

      Hi Christina,
      You can buy all tickets (basic fare to Amanohashidate from Osaka, Limited Express surcharge ticket, reserve seat ticket if you like) at Osaka station. All you have to do is transfer the trains in Kyoto station.
      Takeshi / JP Rail

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