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

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

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 by 283 series, 287 series and 289 series. If you intend to take Green seat, 283 series has Green seat with huge panoramic window and it is very recommended.

*Sonic Rail Garden has copyright for all images of accommodations of 283 series and 289 series.

283 series

283 series train was called “Super Arrow”. (C) JP Rail

283 series was built for Limited Express Ocean Arrow. Some of Kuroshio ran as “Ocean Arrow” by this fleet, but now all trains run as Kuroshio.

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 formation

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

287 series

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.

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

Train formation

1 2 3 4 5 6
G R NR NR R WR/td>

R

*G=Green seat R=Reserved ordinary seat WR=Reserved seat for women only NR=Non reserved ordinary seat
Smoking is not allowed on this train.

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

289 series

683 series is the primary fleet for limited express train in Hokuriku region.
289 series used to run as limited express train in Hokuriku region.

289 series was 683 series for Limited Express Shirasagi. When Hokuriku Shinkansen was open, many train sets were transferred and started to use for Limited Express Kuroshio as 289 series.

Interior was same when it ran as Shirasagi and Thunderbird. The seat pitch in Green seat is 1160mm. It is the standard of most JR trains. The seat configuration is 2+1. It has spacious and nice holding. It is quite good seat. The seat pitch in Ordinary seat is 970mm. It is a bit bigger than the standard. The front row seats have a big table and a power outlet. If you want to use your laptop or charge your batteries, try to secure these seats.

Train formation

1 2 3 4 5 6
G NR NR R WR R

*G=Green seat R=Reserved ordinary seat WR=Reserved seat for women only NR=Non reserved ordinary seat
Smoking is not allowed on this train.

Images

These images below were taken when it ran as Shirasagi. But the interior is mostly same.

Green seat
683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Green seat 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Green seat 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Green seat 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Green seat 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Green seat 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Green seat 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Green seat 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Green seat

Ordinary seat
683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Ordinary seat 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Ordinary seat 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Ordinary seat 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Ordinary seat 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Ordinary seat 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Ordinary seat 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Ordinary seat

Sanitary space
683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Sanitary space 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Sanitary space 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Sanitary space 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Sanitary space 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Sanitary space

Entrance deck and common space

683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Common space 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Common space 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Common space 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Common space 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Common space

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

  1. If I plan to travel from kyoto to kii- katsuura, then the next day to Kansai airport. What is the cheapest ticket i should buy?
    Which train and which line should I take?

    1. Hi LP,

      Kansai wide area pass is most suitable deal:
      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 can take Kuroshio from Kyoto to Kii-Katsuura as you may read the post above. On the way back, you can take same train to Wakayama. And then you need to take local train to Hineno and then transfer again to other local train to Kansai airport. Some Kuroshio stops at Hineno and you may not need to change the trains at Wakayama. It depends on your schedule. Please check the schedule at hyperdia:
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/hyperdia-perfect-guide-train-timetable-and-route-search-engine.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Greetings ,

    I am going to use Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass (http://touristpass.jp/en/ise_kumano/).
    I can use 4 times reserved seats, can I pay extra to upgrade to an green?

    If yes,
    I am going from Kansai airport to Kii-Katsura, I would like to reserved on GreenClass.

    Fare:¥ 4,220 Seat Fee:¥ 2,460 IF i am going to use Green class, it would be Fare:¥ 4,220 Seat Fee:¥ 6,050.
    My question, how much “extra” do I have to pay to reserve a GreenClass using the touristpass from Kansai Airport to Kii-Katsura? is it ¥6,050 OR ¥6,050-¥2,460=¥3,590.

    Thank you very much,

    Chan

  3. Hello

    I was considering taking the Kuroshio and I came across your remark about the 283 series having great green seats panoramic views. Hyperdia says it’s the LTD. EXP KUROSHIO 3 that is running at that moment, is that a 283 series? Thanks for your answer and for this cool website

    Martin

  4. Greetings, Takeshi! We”re travelling on Sept 28 between Kyoto and Koyasan, with JR Pass. What would be our bestoption? Thanks!

  5. From Wakayama to Shirahama and next day from shirahama to KIIKATSUURA in the morning then in the evening to SHIN-OSAKA may I use this train and all can I use JR PASS???

    1. Hi Rainy,

      You can take all trains by either JR pass or Kansai Wide Area Pass. Make sure which you will use.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/japan-rail-pass-user-guide-how-to-use-jr-pass-to-its-maximum.html
      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

      If you didn’t mean Kansai Wide Area Pass but JR Pass in previous inquiry, you may take Wide View Nanki to Nagoya with small extra charge.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Thank you Takeshi, I have some questions if Ltd. Exp. Kuroshio I can use JR KANSAI WIDE AREA PASS but Ltd.Exp.(WIDE VIEW) NANKAI and Shinkansen Hikari I must use JR PASS. Right???

  6. I am planning to do a day-trip from Osaka to visit Kumano Nachi-Taisha and Hongu area. Is it possible? What is the best way to do this?

    1. Hi Ryan,

      You will spend 2 hours to get Kii-Tanabe by train and also spend 4 hours from Shingu to Osaka by train as well. You can find the timetable for trains at Hyperdia:
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/hyperdia-perfect-guide-train-timetable-and-route-search-engine.html

      And you have to take a bus to Kumano Taisha. You may find the bus timetable
      http://www.tb-kumano.jp/en/transport/bus/

      It’s not impossible but very very tight in my opinion.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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