Access to Matsuyama and Uwajima from Okayama and Takamatsu. Limited Express Shiokaze/Ishizuchi

JR Shikoku 8000 series at Takamatsu station (C) Blue Works
JR Shikoku 8000 series at Takamatsu station (C) JP Rail

Ishizuchi Connects Takamatsu (高松) with Matsuyama (松山) and Uwajima (宇和島). Shiokaze depatrs from Okayama to Matsuyama and Uwajima via Seto Ohashi bridge (瀬戸大橋). Most of these trains are combined to operate between Utazu (宇多津) and Matsuyama/Uwajima. When you go to Matsuyama, use Sanyo Shinkansen to Okayama (岡山) and transfer to Shiokaze at Okayama. Most of Shiokaze are connected with Nozomi, Hikari, Mizuho and Sakura in right connection time at Okayama. Of course these trains can be used by Japan Rail Pass with no restriction.

Route and Schedule

Shiokaze connects Okayama with Matsuyama in 2 hours 45 minutes to 3 hours, and Okayama with Uwajima in 4hour and 15 minutes. Ishizuchi connects Takamatsu with Matsuyama in 2 hours 30 minutes to 2 hours 45 minutes, and Takamatsu with Uwajima in 4 hours.


View Shiokaze / Ishizuchi in a larger map

Stations Shiokaze Ishizuchi
Takamatsu (高松) x x
Sakaide (坂出) x x
Okayama (岡山) x x
Kojima (児島) x x
Utazu (宇多津) x
Marugame (丸亀) x
Tadotsu (多度津) x
Takuma (詫間) *
Takase (高瀬) *
Kannonji (観音寺) x
Kawanoe (川之江) x
Iyo-Mishima (伊予三島) x
Niihama (新居浜) x
Iyo-Saijo (伊予西条) x
Nyugawa (壬生川) x
Imabari (今治) x
Iyo-Hojo (伊予北条) x
Matsuyama (松山) x
Ichitsubo (市坪) *
Iyoshi (伊予市) x
Iyo-Nakayama (伊予中山) * x
Uchiko (内子) x
Iyo-Ozu (伊予大洲) x
Yahatahama (八幡浜) x
Unomachi (卯之町駅) x
Iyo-Yoshida (伊予吉田) x
Uwajima (宇和島) x

x=all trains stop *=Some of trains stop

Accommodation

The newest fleet, 8600 series (C) James Chuang
The newest fleet, 8600 series (C) James Chuang

JR Shikoku 8000 series is the primary train sets for Shiokaze and Ishizuchi that is operated between Okayama/Takamatsu and Matsuyama. In 2014, newer 8600 series were introduced. But there are still a few train sets available.

JR Shikoku 2000 series is used for Shiokaze and Ishizuchi that is operated between Okayama/Takamatsu and Uwajima. Both series have same seat configuration. The seat layout in Green seat is 2+1 and in Ordinary seat it is 2+2. The seat pitch in Green seat is 1170 mm and in ordinary class is 980 mm. But 8600 series do not have Green car yet.

JR Shikoku 2000 series are used as “Anpanman” train. “Anpanman” is one of the most popular animation characters in Japan. Lots of characters are painted on the train. Some of the trains have the specialized Anpanman seat too.

Train formation

JR Shikoku 2000 series Anpanman painted train
JR Shikoku 2000 series Anpanman painted train

JR Shikoku 8000 series

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

G=Green seat WR=Reserved ordinary seat for women only R=Reserved ordinary seat NR=Non-Reserved ordinary seat
*Usually car#1-3 are Ishizuchi, and car#4-8 are Shiokaze. But all 8 cars are used for Shiokaze. Ishizuchi is operated by a different train between Takamatsu and Utazu only.

JR Shikoku 2000 series

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
G/A R NR NR R R NR NR

G=Green seat A=Reserved “Anpanman” seat R=Reserved ordinary seat NR=Non-Reserved ordinary seat
*usually car#1-5 are Shiokaze, and car#6-8 are Ishizuchi. But only car#1-4 are used between Matsuyama and Uwajima.

Images

JR Shikoku 8000 series
JR Shikoku 8000 series JR Shikoku 8000 series JR Shikoku 8000 series Green seat

JR Shikoku 8600 series
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JR Shikoku 2000 series
JR Shikoku 2000 series Ordinary seat JR Shikoku 2000 series Green seat

Photo credit
JR Shikoku 8000 series Green seat by Bakkai [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
JR Shikoku 8600 series ordinary seat by James Chuang
JR Shikoku 2000 series Green seat by Rsa [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
JR Shikoku 2000 series Ordinary seat by Rsa [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
JR Shikoku 2000 series Anpanman train by Rsa [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

22 thoughts on “Access to Matsuyama and Uwajima from Okayama and Takamatsu. Limited Express Shiokaze/Ishizuchi”

  1. Hi Takeshi,
    Thanks a lot for all the information you share here.

    Is this division and car numbers also valid
    from Matsuyama to Okayama?
    “…Usually car#1-3 are Ishizuchi, and car#4-8 are Shiokaze. But all 8 cars are used for Shiokaze. Ishizuchi is operated by a different train between Takamatsu and Utazu only. …”

    With best Wishes
    Paksi

  2. Hi,

    I am trying to find out which series is used on Shiokaze 1, and from that which sides the A & C seats are on and the direction the car is facing, so I can figure out which seats to book in the green car.

    Also I plan on returning on Marine liner 14. I think the Green car is at the rear heading towards Okayma. Is this correct? and do you have a link to photos from row 1 in the green car? I’m not sure how good the view would be from the upper level judging by the front of the train.

  3. Dear Takeshi San,

    I am planning to travel during Golden Week from Matsuyama to Okayama, then continue on to Osaka late afternoon. Do you think you can recommend me a pass that’s not Japan Rail Pass but a regional pass that enables me to cover that? I found All Shikoku Rail Pass for Shikoku travel, and Kansai Thru Pass but I’m not sure if any applies to Shiokaze trains.

    Thank you in advance.

    Regards,
    Sri

    1. Hi Sri,

      Unfortunately there is no pass available to cover both Shikoku and Kansai. As you think, Kansai Wide Area Pass and All Shikoku Pass are only choice. However if you have only one way trip, single ticket is cheaper. (appx 11000 yen)

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

  4. Great site and great help.
    Question. I am traveling to Japan in Feb 2014 and I will buy a 21 day JR Rail pass. I am visiting Sapporo, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kagoshima, Okayama, Shikoku then back to Narita.
    Do you think I have a better chance with my Shinkansen and exp reservation if I buy Green car as there are very limited exp trains in the Sapporo lines?
    I am only thinking that if I miss a reservation on Green I could also try booking 2nd class?

    1. Hi Les,

      Usually February is not a peak season. So reservation is not very hard except Sapporo between Feb 5 to 11. Sapporo Snow festival will be held in this period. Trains will be super busy especially between Sapporo and Hakodate.
      Of course if you can’t make a booking for Green class, you can book ordinary class.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

      1. Hi Takeshi San,
        Thank you for your super quick reply.
        Yes I am going to visit the Snow Festival in Sapporo and plan to leave Tokyo by Shinkansen on the 6th Feb and on to Hakodate the same day and want to book the Super Hakuchi, then on the 7th the 6:43 Ltx Exp Hokutosei to Sapporo.
        Problem I see is that I arrive late 5th into Narita and will not be able to book my reservations on the 5th if I am later than 21:00 out of the customs etc, flying from Australia.
        I think I will buy Green car but hope I can book at Tokyo Station early, on 6th for the 6:32 Hayabusa to shin Aomori.
        My flight is due to arrive at 19:00 so if no delays I should be able to book it at Narita I think?
        Problem with the online booking system is that if I am late I get charged on my credit card from JR if I do not pick up the ticket, am I correct?

        1. Hi Les san,

          You may be able to exit from custom and immigration in one hour. I’ve done that in this past February. Please see the following link:
          http://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/narita/trip-to-tohoku-and-nagano-in-2013-winter-part-1-from-narita-airport-to-ueno.html

          Narita Airport JR East Travel Center is open until 20:00. But you still can turn in JR Pass and make a booking at regular ticket office until 21:45. You must do it at Narita on arrival day. Otherwise you have to wait until 7:30 on next day. Because JR East Travel Service Center at Tokyo station is open at 7:30. You can’t take 6:32 Hayabusa if you can’t make it on arrival day.
          http://www.japanrailpass.net/eng/en009.html

          As long as your flight arrive on time, it will be fine. You can complete exchange the pass and complete your booking.

          By the way, you can’t take 6:32 Hokutosei at Hakodate on 7th. This train is overnight train. Even if you take this train in daytime only, you have to pay accommodation fee and surcharge because JR Pass cover only base fare for overnight train. So technically you can take it if you don’t care to pay extra. But Super Hokuto #1 at 7:04 from Hakodate is available. It’s fully covered by JR Pass.
          http://www2.jrhokkaido.co.jp/global/english/ttable/03.pdf

          Hope you can make it.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JP Rail

          1. Hi Takeshita San,

            Great reply and very helpful, just hope my flight is on time.

            I am having trouble seeing the Super Hokuto times on Hyperdia when I select 7th Feb for Hakodate to Sapporo? It shows up it I search other months?
            Your link you sent is great but how to search Hakodate to Sapporo as this seems to be the best train to catch.

            No more questions after this.

            Thanks again.

  5. Dear Takeshi san,

    I want to travel to Yusuhara from Osaka, can you please tell me which JR should I take, or rather what kind of transportation to Yusuhara after I arrive in Matsuyama.

    Thanks,

    Thomas

    1. Hi Thomas,
      I just want to make sure about Yusuhara. Do you mean Yusuhara (梼原) is located in Kochi Pref.?
      If so, don’t go to Matsuyama. As far as I know, Yusuhara is not connected with Matsuyama by any public transportation.
      Go to Suzaki (須崎), and then take Ltd Exp Nanpu to Okayama. It is connected with Shinkansen to Osaka at Okayama.
      Takeshi / JP Rail

  6. I am Canadian and planning a trip to Japan and I need the following train information.

    a) On May 04, I want to travel from Fukuoka (Hakata) to Matsuyama.
    b) On May 07, I want to travel from Matsuyama to Takamatsu.
    c) On May 09, I want to travel from Takamatsu to Kansai International Airport to arrive at 5:30 PM.

    1. Will the JR Rail Pass cover all trains needed?
    2. Do I have to reserve all seats because of the holiday season?
    3. How would i transfer luggage that can’t be taken on the trains?

    1. Hi Sam,
      As you see, Shiokaze connects Okayama with Matsuyama. Ishizuchi connects Takamatsu with Matsuyama. So the trains that you need to take are the following:
      a) Shinkansen from Fukuoka (Hakata) to Okayama, Shiokaze from Okayama to Matsuyama.
      b) Ishizuchi
      c) Ishizuchi from Takamatsu to Okayama, Shinkansen from Okayama to Shin Osaka, Haruka from Shin Osaka to Kansai airport.
      As long as you don’t take Mizuho or Nozomi on Shinkansen, all trains are covered by Japan Rail pass. Please see the following posts to get more info about Mizuho and Nozomi.
      http://jprail.com/destinations/kyushu-shinkansen-mizuho-and-sakura.html
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/what-is-shinkansen-bullet-train.html
      I recommend you to make a reservation ASAP. But Japan Railway do not have any online reservation. Please see the following info about reservation:
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/how-to-reserve-seat.html
      Usually most of travellers leave around passenger’s deck if they cannot fit the luggage lack on passenger’s cabin. If you have really huge luggage, you need to use parcel service. So don’t use hard shell suit case.
      At the last, you cannot get a timetable at this moment because Japan Railway revise timetable on March 17, 2012. They release the detail in late February. You can get the detail timetable at Hyperdia in March.
      Takeshi / JP Rail

  7. Hello Mr. Takeshi
    First of all I want to thank you for the huge amount of information you have here.
    My question is very specific, I’m planning my next trip to Japan and I want to make a day trip to Matsuyama, Ehime, I search on Hyperdia and it says I can go back as late as 19.36 on Ishizuchi 32 arriving at 21.43 to Sakaide Station and then take the Sunrise Express to Tokyo at 21.45…
    It this really possible? i mean, if I only have to cross the island platform it’s easy, but if I have to cross to the other track (going up and down the stairs) is almost impossible to do it in 2 minutes.
    There’s no indication of the tracks departures for that particular station. Maybe you have one of those really big books with all the timetables and you can look for it.
    Thank you in advance

    1. Hi Freet,
      Thanks for your comment. I’m happy to hear that my information help you.
      2 minutes transfer time is acceptable in Sakaide. It is very tight. But Japan Railway knows some passengers from Ishizuchi transfer to Sunrise Seto.
      Sakaide station is not big. As you are worry, you need to cross the track. You need to go down the stairs and up the stairs. Please refer the following link in JR Shikoku website.
      http://www.jr-eki.com/kakueki/sakaide/kounai_map.html
      It is Japanese map. But please look at the map under “3F”. 3F means third floor. Ishizuchi usually arrive at track #1. Sunrise Seto usually arrive at track #3. It is tight. But I think it is easier than what you think. : )
      Takeshi / JP Rail

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