Limited Express Super Inaba (スーパーいなば) connects Okayama (岡山) with Tottori (鳥取). It is connected with Shinkansen and Sunrise Izumo/Sunrise Seto. This is the fastest access to Tottori from Tokyo by Sunrise Seto and Sunrise Izumo. If you access to Tottori from Okayama and to the west from Okayama, such as Hiroshima, Hakara and all places in Kyushu and Shikoku. But this train goes through non JR line, Chizu Kyuko Railway. It is operated on same route as Super Hakuto between Kamigori and Tottori. That means you need to pay extra if you use this train by Japan Rail Pass. If you don’t want to pay extra, get on Limited Express Yakumo from Okayama to Yonago and transfer to another Limited Express Super Matsukaze or Limited Express Super Oki to Tottori. However travel time of this combination is at least 1.5 hours longer than Super Inaba. Sometimes it may take more because of connection at Yonago.
Super Inaba is the best route to Tottori from Okayama and west part of Japan anyway. I will show you about route, schedule and accommodations.
Route, schedule and travel time
There are six round trips between Okayama and Tottori. Trains are operated mostly every 2 hours. Travel time is 1 hour 50 minutes from Okayama to Tottori. If you take Sunrise Izumo from Tokyo, you can continue to travel to Yonago and transfer to Super Matsukaze or Super Oki to Tottori. You don’t need to pay any extra charge on Japan Rail Pass. You can take Limited Express Yakumo from Okayama to Yonago as well if you travel from Okayama or other cities in west part of Japan. You can avoid to pay extra on Japan Rail Pass too. But travel time to Yonago from Okayama is 2 hours 10 minutes. And you have to spend sometime to transfer at Yonago. And then you will spend another 1 hour to get Tottori from Yonago. If you don’t want to spend more than 1 hour, you have to accept extra charge. I will tell you about extra charge on Japan Rail Pass later.
Limited Express Super Inaba makes a stop at these stations:
Okayama (岡山) – Kamigori (上郡) – Sayo (佐用) – Ohara (大原) – Chizu (智頭) – Koge (郡家) – Tottori (鳥取)
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Extra charge on JR Pass
As I mentioned, you have to pay extra if you use this train by Japan Rail Pass. You have to pay 1,260 yen for the base fare. And also you have to pay one of these following fares:
|Non Reserved Oridnary seat||420 yen|
|Reserved Oridnary seat||520 yen|
|Green seat||Not available|
Accommodation and train formations
Super Inaba is operated by KIHA 187 series. There is only ordinary class. No Green seat is available on this train. The seat configuration is 2+2 and the seat pitch is 970 mm. There is no difference between non reserved seat and reserved seat. On board sales is not available. Please prepare drink or food if you want before boarding.
*R=Reserved ordinary seat NR=Non reserved ordinary seat
Smoking is not allowed on this train.