Access to Kii mountains/peninsula from Osaka and Kyoto, Limited Express Kuroshio / Ocean Arrow


Limited express train Ocean Arrow
Ocean Arrow service operates by newer train 287 series than Kuroshio.

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As of March 17, 2012, JR West has stopped using the name “Ocean Arrow”. Now all trains are operated as Kuroshio. And the newest 287 series was introduced and some trains are operated by this newest cars. Please see the Direct transfer to Kinosaki from Osaka, Limited Express Kounotori to get the details about 287 series.
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These express trains connect Kii peninsula with Kyoto (京都), Shin-Osaka (新大阪) and Tennoji (天王寺). Please be careful that this express train does not stop by Osaka station. When you go to UNESCO World Heritage site, “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range”, you can use this train and access there from Shingu (新宮).

Kuroshio basically is operated between Shin-Osaka and Shirahama. Some of Kuroshio are called Super Kuroshio. Super Kuroshio has panoramic view Green car. And this train is operated between Kyoto and Shingu. Ocean Arrow is operated by newer trains, 287 series. This train is faster than Kuroshio / Super Kuroshio.

You can take this train by Japan Rail Pass with no restriction. Let’s see the details.

*The information in this article is current at the time of writing.

*According to the media release from JR West on Dec 16, 2012, Ocean Arrow and Super Kuroshio will be integrated into Kuroshio.

Route, schedule and trip time

Kuroshio services operates 6 round trips between Shin-Osaka (新大阪) and Shirahama (白浜), and 1 round trip between Shin-Osaka (新大阪) and Shingu (新宮). Super Kuroshio services operates 5 round trips between Kyoto (京都) and Shingu (新宮), and 1 round trip between Shin-Osaka (新大阪) and Wakayama (和歌山). Ocean Arrow services operates 3 round trips between Kyoto (京都) and Shingu (新宮). It takes 2 hours and 15 minutes from Shin-Osaka to Shirahama, 3 hours 50 minutes from Shin-Osaka to Shingu by the fastest Ocean Arrow or Super Kuroshio.

*You can find it at the bottom of JR West website.


View Kuroshio / Ocean Arrow in a larger map

Stations

Station / Train Kuroshio Super-Kuroshio Ocean Arrow
Kyoto (京都) x x
Shin-osaka (新大阪) x x x
Nishikujo (西九条) * * *
Tennoji (天王寺) x x x
Izumi-Fuchu (和泉府中) *
Hineno (日根野) * *
Izumi-Suanagawa(和泉砂川) * *
Wakayama (和歌山) x x x
Kainan (海南) x x *
Minoshima(箕島) x * *
Fujinami (藤並) x * *
Yuasa (湯浅) x * *
Gobo (御坊) x x x
Minabe (南部) x * *
Kii-Tanabe(紀伊田辺) x x x
Shirahama (白浜) x x x
Tsubaki (椿) * x
Susami (周参見) x x x
Kushimoto (串本) x x x
Koza (古座) x x x
Taichi (太地) * * *
Kii-Katsuura (紀伊勝浦) x x x
Shingu (新宮) x x x

x:All train stop *:some train stop

Accommodation

Kuroshio is operated original 381 series. Super Kuroshio is operated by renewal 381 series that has Green car with the panoramic window. Ocean Arrow is operated by the newest 283 series.

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

Ocean Arrow by 283 series

Ocean Arrow serviced by 283 series (C) Sonic Rail Garden
Ocean Arrow serviced by 283 series (C) Sonic Rail Garden

283 series is the newest train. Green class has panoramic window seat just behind the cockpit. Green seat has 2+1 seat configuration. The seat pitch is 1160mm. Ordinary class has 910mm seat pitch. This train has common lounge space on car #3. You will be able to see the beautiful pacific ocean view.

Train formations

1 2 3 4 5 6
PG NR NR/LG R WR R

*3 more cars may be added during the peak season.
*PG=Green seat w/panoramic view window R=Reserved seat WR=Reserved seat for women only NR=Non reserved seat LG=Lounge space

Images
Green seat Ocean Arrow 283 series Green seat Ocean Arrow 283 series Green seat Ocean Arrow 283 series Green seat Ocean Arrow 283 series Green seat Ocean Arrow 283 series Green seat Ocean Arrow 283 series Green seat

Ordinary seat Ocean Arrow 283 series Ordinary seat Ocean Arrow 283 series Ordinary seat Ocean Arrow 283 series Ordinary seat Ocean Arrow 283 series Ordinary seat

Lounge space Ocean Arrow 283 series common space Ocean Arrow 283 series common space Ocean Arrow 283 series common space

Sanitary space Ocean Arrow 283 series sanitary space Ocean Arrow 283 series sanitary space Ocean Arrow 283 series sanitary space Ocean Arrow 283 series sanitary space Ocean Arrow 283 series sanitary space

Kuroshio by 381 series

Train formation

Kuroshio is operated by 381 series. It is a bit older than 283 series.
Kuroshio is operated by 381 series. It is a bit older than 283 series. But Super Kuroshio has a green car with panoramic window.

381 series is older than 283 series. But it was completed to renovate. The seat pitch in Green seat is 1160mm and in ordinary seat is 1000mm. The seat configuration is 2+1 in Green car and 2+2 in Ordinary car. Kuroshio has Panda seat in Car#4 of 7 cars formation. (If it is operated by 9 car formation, it is located at Car#7.) These seat is a public space for taking a picture. The reason why it has Panda seat is use a popularity of Panda in the very well known attraction, Nanki-Shirahama World Safari. And there are some seats on Car#6 that is called “Ladies seat”. These seat is sold for women only.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
G NR NR R R WR R R R

*Car#7-9 are added during the peak season only.
*G=Green seat R=Reserved seat WR=Reserved seat for women only NR=Non reserved seat

Super Kuroshio by 381 series

381 series for Super Kuroshio is almost same as 381 series. The difference is Green class with panoramic window, like 283 series. The seat pitch and seat configuration are same as 381 series. But this series does not have Panda seat.

Train formations

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
PG NR NR R R WR R R R

*Car#7-9 are added during the peak season only.
*PG=Green seat w/panoramic view window R=Reserved seat WR=Reserved seat for women only NR=Non reserved seat

Images

Green car that has panoramic window of Super Kuroshio (C) Sonic Rail Garden
Green car that has panoramic window of Super Kuroshio (C) Sonic Rail Garden

Green seat
Kuroshio 381 series Green seat Kuroshio 381 series Green seat Kuroshio 381 series Green seat Kuroshio 381 series Green seat
*These above images are Panoramic Green car of Super Kuroshio.

Ordinary seat
Kuroshio 381 series Ordinary seat Kuroshio 381 series Ordinary seat Kuroshio 381 series Ordinary seat Kuroshio 381 series Ordinary seat Kuroshio 381 series Ordinary seat for ladies only Kuroshio 381 series Ordinary seat for ladies only

Panda seat
Kuroshio 381 series Panda seat Kuroshio 381 series Panda seat Kuroshio 381 series Panda seat Kuroshio 381 series Panda seat Kuroshio 381 series Panda seat
*Panda seat is on Kuroshio only. Super Kuroshio does not have this seat.

Sanitary space
Kuroshio 381 series sanitary space Kuroshio 381 series sanitary space Kuroshio 381 series sanitary space Kuroshio 381 series sanitary space

17 thoughts on “Access to Kii mountains/peninsula from Osaka and Kyoto, Limited Express Kuroshio / Ocean Arrow”

  1. Hi
    Please assist me with the JR train from Kyoto to Kumano Nachi then to Nara station then back to Kyoto. Is it possible to visit the water falls and Toda-ji and back to Kyoto in 1 day?

    1. Hi Khoa,

      It’s not impossible but it’s very hard and tight. It takes more than 4 hours to get Shingu from Shin-Osaka. So you should visit Nara first otherwise you cannot come back to Nara before sunset. Todaiji open at 7:30 during summer time. So you can leave for Kyoto around 6:30, you can get there by 7:30. And then you need to leave Nara by 10:15 to catch limited express kuroshima at Tennoji that leave there at 11:17. You will get Shingu at 14:59. The last train depart from Shingu at 17:32 and arrive at Shin-Osaka at 21:50. You can take local or rapid train to get Kyoto.

      This is only way to make both places in one day

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

  2. Hi Takeshi JP Rail,

    I just happen to see this blog of yours. My husband & I would like to see the Nachi-no-taki waterfall and the NachiTaisha from Osaka as a day trip. Can you please tell us what JR line we need to take. We have the JR Pass (Ordinary). I understand it is a long trip in the train but we are ready for the train ride as long as we get back to Osaka at night. What time do you think we should start from Osaka? Any guidance will be greatly appreciated. Arigato gozaimasu.

    Lilian

    1. Hi Lilian,

      The first one departs from Shin-Osaka at 7:33 and arrive Shingu at 11:49. And 17:32 depart from Shingu is the last train to Shin-Osaka. So you can have 7.5 hours maximum there. I recommend you to take this first one and last one.

      You may find the detailed timetable at Hyperdia.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/hyperdia-perfect-guide-train-timetable-and-route-search-engine.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

  3. 1. We want to go to kii-tanabe train station from Osaka (Namba). 1night
    2. Next day, we need to go from kii-tanabe to Kyoto
    Please advice best way to go.

  4. We will be staying in Kushimoto and are interested in a night train to Osaka to take an early am flight. Is that advisable?

  5. I will be starting from Osaka. Is this possible? Osaka to Kushimoto in a wide view train. I am thinking of not stopping because of the time constraints but doing a loop.

    Am open to suggestions.

    Thanking you i would not have thought of this excursion your site prompted my interest.Julie

    1. Hi Julie,
      This train do not go through Osaka station. Because it runs on short cut route from Shin-Osaka to Osaka circle line. We need to go to Shin-Osaka first and then transfer to this train. Shin-Osaka is just one station away from Osaka. It takes only 5 minutes by local train.
      Cheers,
      Takeshi / JP Rail

  6. I am interested in doing the whole kii peninsular round trip for the scenery from Kyoto in Feb 2012. However since the return to kyoto will be after sunset, I guess I won’t be able to see much scenery in the dark. So I am wondering if the clockwise or anticlockwise direction from kyoto is more scenic? I would like to stop in kikatsurra and possibly nachi for a few hours.

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Cher,
      I recommend you to take the clockwise direction.
      The fist Wide View Nanki departs from Nagoya at 08:08am. You can transfer from Shinkansen easily.
      It will arrive at Kii Katsuura at 11:38. You have lots of time at Kii Katsuura.
      You may catch Ocean Arrow at 14:00 or 16:00 at Kii Katsuura. You still can enjoy scenery.
      Takeshi / JP Rail

      1. Hi Takeshi,

        Thank you.

        I will do as you suggested, leave nagoya at 8:08 am and get to ki katsurra at 11:38. Then ki katsurra to nachi at 13:22. Then nachi to kyoto at 1541 catching the ocean arrow at ki katsurra at 16:06. This gives me about 2 hours each in ki katsurra and nachi. Will I be able to see the waterfall in 2 hours?

        What time does the sun set? I read somewhere it sets around 4pm in winter! Hope I can still see some scenery from ocean arrow.

        Is my plan feasible?

        Regards,
        Cher

  7. You can view the whole of this journey on YouTube. Someone has filmed it from behind the driver for the whole of the trip. It looks very scenic and has much variety. This is link to first of 26 clips!

  8. I’m wondering if it is possible to take a day trip from Kyoto around the entire Kii peninsula by Japan Rail Pass. I understand one can go round trip to Shingu. Could one also continue to Tsu and back to Kyoto? How long might this take? Thank you for your help.

    1. Hi Terri,
      Yes, you can! I show you the sample itinerary.
      08:36 Kyoto Dep
      (Ltd Exp “Ocean Arrow 3”)
      12:49 Shingu Arr
      17:27 Shingu Dep
      (Ltd Exp “Wide View Nanki 8”)
      20:44 Nagoya Arr
      21:11 Nagoya Dep
      (Hikari 485)
      21:59 Kyoto Arr

      Wide View Nanki go through on Non JR line. You have to pay extra 800yen (fare 490+Ltd surcharge 310).
      If you travel during the peak season, you might have some additional trains from Shingu to Nagoya. That means you may be able to leave Shingu a bit earlier.

      Takeshi / JP Rail

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