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

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

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

  2. 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???

  3. 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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