Limited Express Hamakaze (はまかぜ) connects Osaka (大阪) with Tottori (鳥取) Kasumi (香住) and Hamasaka (浜坂). Even though there is only one round trip, Hakamaze is only train that connects Osaka with Tottori directly by Japan Rail Pass or other JR rail passes without any extra charge. Actually the primary train goes to Tottori from Osaka is Limited Express Super Hakuto. This train is much more frequent and much faster than Hamakaze. But this train goes through Non JR line, Chizu Kyuko Railway. Therefore you have to pay extra charge if you want to take this train by Japan Rail Pass or other JR passes. Please check the post, The fastest access to Tottori from Osaka, Shin-Osaka and Kyoto, Limited Express Super Hakuto to get the details.
As I mentioned above, this train, Limited Express Hamakaze can be used by Japan Rail Pass with no restriction. Let’s see about route, schedule and accommodations.
Route, timetable and travel time
There are 3 round trips and one of each trip to Tottori, Hamasaka and Kasumi. You can find a part of the timetable of Hamakaze at JR West timetable.
But this timetable does not show anything between Kinosaki-Onsen and Tottori. But Hamakaze goes far from Kinosaki-Onsen. As of October, 2012, timetable is for the section between Kinosaki-Onsen and Tottori is the following:
As you saw the timetable above, Hamakaze is operated between Osaka and Tottori in early morning and late night only. If you need to go to Tottori, you have two choices. First one is getting on Super Hakuto. Second one is getting on local train. If you get on local train, you don’t have to pay extra if you use Japan Rail Pass. However local train is not operated very frequently.
ex) In case of arrival by Hamakaze #3 at Hamasaka station
Arrival at Hamasaka 13:12
Departure at Hamasaka by local train 14:22
Arrival at Tottori 15:09
You have to wait for more than 1 hour and you spend 47 minutes. If you take Hamakaze #5 to Kasumi, it is same situation. Is this acceptable for you? If you cannot, get on Super Hakuto. You have to pay extra to get on Super Hakuto if you use Japan Rail Pass. But there is no express trains on that section except Hamakaze. The extra charge for Super Hakuto on Japan Rail Pass is 1,770 yen (base fare 1,260 yen + express surcharge 510 yen). Please see the post, The fastest train access to Tottori from Osaka and Kyoto. Limited Express Super Hakuto to get the details.
Limited Express Hamakaze makes a stop at these following stations:
Osaka (大阪) – Sannomiya (三ノ宮) – Kobe (神戸) – Akashi (明石) – Himeji (姫路) – Fukusaki (福崎) – Teramae (寺前) – Ikuno (生野) – Wadayama (和田山) – Yoka (八鹿) – Ebara (江原) – Toyooka(豊岡) – Kinosaki-Onsen (城崎温泉) – Takeno (竹野) – Kasumi (香住) – Hamasaka (浜坂) – Iwami (岩美) – Tottori (鳥取)
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Accommodation and train formations
Hamakaze is operated by the newest fleet KIHA 189 serie. There is only ordinary class. No Green seat is available on this train. The seat configuration is common type, 2+2. The seat pitch is 970 mm. All trains do not have any on board sales. Please prepare food and drinks before you ride. It is very common interior. The power outlet is available only at the front row and the last row seats.
*R=Reserved ordinary seat NR=Non reserved ordinary seat
Smoking is not allowed on this train.
Car#2 is sometimes assigned as Non Reserved car.