Rapid train Mie (みえ) is operated between Nagoya (名古屋) and Toba (鳥羽) via Ise-shi (伊勢市) on Sangu line (参宮線). If you go to Ise by Japan Rail Pass, simply take this train. This is the easiest and most economical way. However it is not fully covered by Japan Rail Pass, because there is non JR lines on the route of this train. And also this is not limited express train. So the interior of this train is under express trains’ standard.
I will tell you the details about this train. And I show you extra charge on Japan Rail Pass too.
Route, schedule and travel time
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This train is operated once an hour at every :30 or :35 between 09:00 and 21:00. This train stops at the following stations:
Nagoya (名古屋) – Kuwana (桑名) – Yokkaichi (四日市) – Suzuka (鈴鹿) – Nakaseko* (中瀬古駅) – Tsu (津) – Matsusaka (松阪) –
Taki (多気) – Iseshi (伊勢市) – Futaminoura (二見浦) – Toba (鳥羽)
Only several trains make a stop at Nakaseko. And there are some trains that stop at all stations between Taki and Toba.
If you miss this train, you can take Limited Express Wide View Nanki between Nagoya and Taki. This train does not go through Sangu line to Ise-shi and Toba. You have to transfer at Taki.
Average travel times are the following:
Nagoya – Iseshi : 1 hour 30 minutes to 1 hour 40 minutes
Nagoya – Toba : 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours
This train runs for both tourists and commuters. Therefore some of trains do not run on weekend. And trains to Nagoya in the morning and to Toba in evening are expected to be crowded on weekdays. Especially Kuwana and Yokkaichi are greater Nagoya area. Lots of commutes use this train in this segment. There are reserved seat on this train that is fully covered by Japan Rail Pass. If you want to secure your seat, reserve your seat before on board.
Extra charge for Japan Rail Pass user
This train is operated on Ise Railway between Kawarada (where is located between Yokkaichi and Suzuka) and Tsu. Ise Railway is not JR line. So you need to pay a basic fare on top of Japan Rail Pass for this section. The basic fare is 490 yen. Child rate (6-11 yrs) is half.
Rapid train Mie is serviced by KIHA 75 series. As I mentioned above, this train is operated as commuter trains around Nagoya area. Interior is not express trains standard. The seats on car#1 are reserved seat. But it is completely same seats as non reserved cars.
R=Reserved ordinary seat
*This train does not have any Green car. All cars are non smoking.
*Non reserved cars are used as regular commuter trains. In peak hours, many passengers are expected and some of them stand up on isle.
Copyright of those above four images:
Seats of JR Tokai Type 75 DMU ( Kiha 75-306 ) – by Tennen-Gas
Interior of JR Central KiHa 75 DMU car KiHa 75-403 – by Tennen-Gas
Wheelchair-accessible toilet of JR Central KiHa 75 DMU car KiHa 75-4 – by Tennen-Gas
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:JR_Tokai_75_series_DMU_010.JPG – by Tennen-Gas