Overnight train to/from Tokyo and Takamatsu via Okayama, Sunrise Seto. JR Pass user can take with no extra charge!

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Sunrise Seto is the Overnight train that operated between Tokyo and Takamatsu in Shikoku island. This train is combined with Sunrise Izumo between Tokyo and Okayama. This train depart late night and arrive early morning. If you want to save the time, this train is the perfect choice.

(Please see my passenger’s review too)

Some of overnight train consist of the bedroom and the berth only. This train has the reserved seat. So Japan Rail Pass holder can take this train without the extra. This reserved seat is called “Nobi Nobi Seat”. It is like a berth and much more comfortable than the coach type seat. You can lie on the seat. And you have some privacy because there is a small partition between the seat and the seat.

But some of Japan Rail Pass users want to take a bedroom or another choice even though additional will be charged. Let’s see the accommodation of Sunrise Seto.

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

Timetable and route

First of all, I show you the route and timetable.


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Station Tokyo to Takamatsu Takamatsu to Tokyo
Tokyo (東京) 22:00 7:08
Yokohama (横浜) 22:24 6:44
Atami (熱海) 23:23 5:43
Numazu (沼津) 23:40 5:26
Fuji (富士) 23:54 5:09
Shizuoka (静岡) 0:20 4:38
Hamamatsu (浜松) 1:13 |
Osaka (大阪) | 0:34
Sannomiya (三ノ宮) | 0:13
Himeji (姫路) 5:24 23:55
Okayama (岡山) 6:27 22:33
Kojima (児島) 6:52 22:01
Sakaide (坂出) 7:08 21:45
Takamatsu (高松) 7:26 21:26

As you see the timetable, you can use this train from Osaka to Tokyo as overnight transfer. But the train that depart from Tokyo do not stop at Osaka because it is too early. If you want to use this train from Tokyo, you need to get off this train at Himeji and then take Special Rapid Service train or local train to Osaka. It takes one hour by Special Rapid Service.

How to reserve this train

Actually it is quite hard to book this train for overseas tourist. There is no online booking available. The only way is to book at the reservation window that is called Midori no Madoguchi. Please find more information about booking at the link below:

How to reserve the train seat of Japan Railway. Is Online reservation available for Japan Rail Pass user?

If you plan to use this train, you have to consider the risk of booked out. If you do not want to have any risks, this train is not recommended. It is very hard to expect how busy this train is. This train is sometimes booked out in even shoulder season.

Accommodations

As I mentioned above, JR Pass user can take reserved seat that is called Nobi Nobi seat without any extra. But you have to pay accommodation fee and surcharge when you take other accommodation. Please see the below to see the details of all types of accommodation and extra charge.

Nobi Nobi seat

No extra charge (If you take this train by single fare, base fare ticket and express surcharge 3,760 yen are required.)
This seat is only choice if you don’t want to pay the extra. It is not a compartment, but like a berth. You can lie on the seat.
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But it is very hard to reserve this seat since it is very popular. If you want to take this, please try to reserve right after you exchange the pass in Japan.

Single Deluxe

Additional fare 16,970 yen (Express surcharge 3,240 yen + Accommodation charge 13,730 yen)
This is the best room in this train. The bed size is 196 cm X 85 cm. (Length/Width). These rooms are located in the upper deck in the double decker car. So you will have a better view than the other class. The desk, chair and sink are equipped in the room. There is no room that has a washroom or shower in the room in this train. But the shower room is in the same car. You will get the shower card to use the shower room. This shower room is for only Single Deluxe passengers.
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Single

Additional fare 10,800 yen (Express surcharge 3,240 yen + Accommodation charge 7,560 yen)
Most of the overnight trains has “Solo” that is the basic compartment for the single passengers. But Sunrise Seto has another oprion that is called “Single”. This has a bigger space than Solo. The bed size is 196 cm X 70 cm. (Length/Width). Especially the height of the room is way higher than Solo. The height is 180cm. Most of us can stand up in the room, but cannot do it in Solo. There is no room that has a washroom or shower in the room in this train. We have the shared shower room in the train. (It is different one from the shower room for Single Deluxe.) You need to buy the shower card from the conductor at 300 yen for 6 minutes. But only 20 cards are sold in the train because of the water supply.
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* From left to right: isle / upper room / upper room / lower room / lower room

Solo

Additional fare 9,720 yen (Express surcharge 3,240 yen + Accommodation charge 6,480 yen)
This is the standard single compartment. The bed size is 196 cm X 70 cm. (Length/Width). But the width is 56cm in some part of the bed. This rooms are located in the single decker car. But We have the rooms in upper and lower area. So the height is very limited. Most of us cannot stand up in the room.
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* From left to right: upper room / the stair to upper room / upper room / lower room / lower room

Single Twin

Additional fare 12,670 yen (Express surcharge 3,240 yen + Accommodation charge 9,430 yen)
if you use this room for 2 persons, you have to pay another 8,640 yen (Express surcharge 3,240 yen + Accommodation charge 5,400 yen)

This room can be used for single or twin. The bed size is 196 cm X 70 cm. (Length/Width). This room has almost same floor space as Single. Upper bed is for the second person. The bed is a bit smaller than lower berth. The lower berth can be converted to the seat.
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Sunrise Twin

Additional fare 10,800 yen (Express surcharge 3,240 yen + Accommodation charge 7,560yen) per person based on 2 person
This room is the standard twin room. The bed size is 196 cm X 75 cm. (Length/Width). This rooms are located at the lower deck in the double decker car.
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you exchange the pass in Japan.

Other facilities

This train has several vending machine and the public space to drink, eat or taking a break. You can buy some refreshment here.
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There is a shower room beside the public space. You have to buy a shower card at the vending machine. The price is 320 yen for 6 minutes. Only 20 cards are sold in the train.
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The washrooms are Japanese style and western style.
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Train formation

8 9 10 11 12 13 14
B B B B N/B B B

Car numbers are starting from 8 because it is combined with Sunrise Izumo between Okayama and Tokyo.

183 thoughts on “Overnight train to/from Tokyo and Takamatsu via Okayama, Sunrise Seto. JR Pass user can take with no extra charge!”

  1. Hello, thank you for the information. I have a message for everyone who is interested in obtaining a ticket for a nobi nobi seat on the night train. Do not be too discouraged: I just got a ticket for a nobi nobi seat on the Seto Sunrise with my JR Pass, just three days before departure. The first time I went to the JR ticket office, they informed me I had to pay about 10.000 yen extra, maybe because they misunderstood my question. Then I went back a day later, and mentioned the “nobi nobi seat” (about which I learned off via this website, so thank you a lot), after which I received a ticket without additional charge within a couple of minutes! All the best, Sarah

  2. Hi,
    I’m planning to take the Sunrise Seto Train on the night of 28-29 of October (Friday-Saturday).
    But I’ll arrive to Japan only 20 days before. Is it still possible to book a ticket 20 days in advance for such train on weekend?

    Regards.

  3. Hi, would 1 week in advance be sufficient to book the Nobi Nobi seats? I will reach Japan end of November and hope to take the night train around 6 Dec.

    Thanks for your help!

  4. Hello

    I’m planning to buy JR Pass, I will be arriving Tokyo by 10pm. Please kindly assist me on how to reserve one-way ticket for Night Train from Tokyo to Osaka. Is it possible to reserve through online for Night Train for foreign tourist?

    1. Hi Fei,

      Unfortunately there is no way to book online. You have to book and purchase at JR station. You can find reservation window that is called “Midori no Madoguchi” at most of major JR stations. Online is not available for overnight trains even for Japanese.

      By the way, if you take Sunrise Seto of Izumo, it does not stop at Osaka. The first stop at Himeji and you have to go back to Osaka from Himeji. In this case, you have to exit at Himeji station and have to purchase another ticket from Himeji to Osaka.

      And also it may be sold out when you try to book and purchase. You have to expect the case of sold out. In this case, you have to find the place to stay in Tokyo and rearrange your schedule.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. Hi.
    I plan to take Tokaido-Sanyo line from Kyoto to Osaka a late evening, then Sunrise Seto to Tokyo and Narita express to the airport.
    What kind of ticket do I need?
    Can I buy it 10-12 days before the travel?
    How much is base fare?
    Is it possible to take Thunderbird instead of Tokaido-Sanyo line after ticket is bought and how to pay the difference?

    1. Hi Marina,

      You need to purchase two base fare ticket (Kyoto to Osaka, Osaka to Narita Airport) and two limited express seat fee ticket (Sunrise Seto and Narita Express).
      You can purchase base fare ticket for Osaka to Narita Airport and limited express seat fee ticket in advance. Especially you have to book for Sunrise as soon as possible. Ticket is on sale one month before departure date. So 10 – 12 days advance is no problem.

      Special rapid train is the best choice for Kyoto to Osaka. It runs every 15 minutes and trip time is sometimes faster than Thunderbird. You can take Special rapid by base fare only. If you take Thunderbird, you have to pay limited express seat fee too and not a good idea for only 30 minutes ride.

      You can find the base fare at Hyperdia. Please see the link below to find how to use this site:
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/hyperdia-perfect-guide-train-timetable-and-route-search-engine.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  6. Hi! I’m a little confused, would a Green Car JR Pass gets one entitled to a better cabin class than nobinobi on the Sunrise Seto?

    1. Hi Adeline,

      No, it’s same. Even if you have Green pass, you can take Nobi Nobi only. If you take other compartment, you have to pay same extra amount as ordinary pass.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  7. Is it possible to use the seishun kippu on this route going from okayama to Tokyo? What surcharge would i need to pay?
    Thank you

    1. Hi Lucy,

      You cannot use Seishun 18 kippu to take any express trains even if you pay extra. Otherwise everybody use Seishun 18 kippu instead of single fare ticket. JR does not allow it.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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