The limited express Hamakaze for access to Tottori, Hamasaka, Kasumi from Osaka, Kobe and Himeji with no extra charge by JR Pass

The limited express Hamakaze by 189 series at Osaka station

The Limited Express Hamakaze (はまかぜ) connects Osaka (大阪) and 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 and Tottori directly by JR Pass without any extra charge. Actually the primary train goes to Tottori from Osaka is the 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 take this train by JR Pass.

In this post, I will show you the route, schedule and accommodations.

Route, timetable and travel time

Tottori-sakyu Sand Dunes is most popular spot in Tottori. ©Tottori Prefecture/©JNTO

There are 3 round trips and one of each trip to Tottori, Hamasaka and Kasumi. You may find the timetable in the link below:

JPRail.com PDF timetable (valid until mid March, 2020)

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. The first choice is getting on Super Hakuto. The other choice is getting on local train at Kasumi or Hamasaka. If you get on local train, the extra fare is not required on top of JR Pass. However local train is not operated very frequently. Please use hyperdia to find the local train connection:


View Limited Express Hamakaze in a larger map

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.

Train formation

123
NRRR

*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.

Ordinary seat interior (C) W0746203-1

26 thoughts on “The limited express Hamakaze for access to Tottori, Hamasaka, Kasumi from Osaka, Kobe and Himeji with no extra charge by JR Pass”

  1. Hi Takeshi. I want to make a seat reservation on Eki-net for Hamakaze Ltd Express Sannomiya-Kinosaki Onsen. I think you are maybe familiar with this route. Is there a better side to sit on for viewing the scenery?

      1. Thanks Takeshi. Sorry, I’ve should’ve asked about other trains at the same time, but any preferences for Matsukaze Tottori-Yonago (Can I see Japan Sea for good part of this route if I am on the right side of the train?), and the Yufuin no Mori, firstly Beppu to Yufuin, then later Yufuin to Hakata?

        1. Hi Simon,

          I believe C and D are ocean side on Super Matsukaze. But I’m not 100% sure. Some says A and B. I haven’t taken this train for a long time. By the way, you cannot see Japan sea between Tottori and Yonago. The train runs inland. So actually it doesn’t matter. If you travel San’in line between Kinosaki Onsen and Tottori or Izumoshi and Masuda, the scenery is amazing.

          It doesn’t matter which seat you take on Yufuin no Mori. The scenery is not much different.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hi Takeshi san,
    We have a JR Kansai Hiroshima wide pass we will be using it to travel to several places
    will our tickets cover for all travel or do we need to pay extra?

    1. Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima via (Shinkansen Sakura 545) (Shinkansen Hikari 491)(Shinkansen Mizuho 603)
    2. Hiroshima to Okayama via (Hello Kitty Shinkansen Kodama 730)
    3. Okayama to Tottori via shinkansen sakura then super hakuto)
    4. Tottori to Himeji via Shinkansen Super Hakuto
    5. Himeji to Osaka via SHinkansen Nozomi, Hikari or kodama

    thank you so much

      1. Hi Takeshi san,
        Sorry, We have a JR Kansai Hiroshim pass we will be using it to travel to several places
        will our tickets cover for all travel or do we need to pay extra?
        the pass will cover the fee of the train but not the seats?
        so we need to pay for the seats still?

        this is our planned itinerary using the trains I listed.
        1. Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima via (Shinkansen Sakura 545) (Shinkansen Hikari 491)(Shinkansen Mizuho 603)
        2. Hiroshima to Okayama via (Hello Kitty Shinkansen Kodama 730)
        3. Okayama to Tottori via shinkansen sakura then super hakuto)
        4. Tottori to Himeji via Shinkansen Super Hakuto
        5. Himeji to Osaka via SHinkansen Nozomi, Hikari or kodama

        thank you so much once again

  3. Hi,
    I have a green 14 day JR pass and plan to go to Tottori from Himeji via super hakuto, is there extra charge? What would be a cheaper way to get to Tottori using the green JR pass?

    Thanks.
    TC

  4. Hi Mr Takeshi,
    i going to get a 5 Day JR Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass. below is my plan to go to Tottori from Hiroshima.

    1.hiroshima -> kamigori (by Ltd. Express Super Inaba) -> tottori
    2.hiroshima -> himeji( by Ltd. Express Hamakaze No. 5) -> tottori

    for option 1, how much extra does it cost for the Ltd. Express Super Inaba since the Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass not covered it.

    for option 2, is this route fully covered by the Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass?

    thank you for you time

  5. Hi

    We have the following schedule

    Day 1 – Osaka to Tottori
    Day 6 – Tottori to Imabari

    May we know what would be the recommended JR pass to take? Or is it not worth taking up a JR pass?

    Thank you!

    Best regards
    Li Rong

  6. Hi,

    I will be going to ToTTori from Himeji by JR Kansai Wide , is there an extra charge?
    My Route is Himeji Kamigori (Super Inaba) Tottori

    Thanks

  7. Hello! We’re planning to go to Tottori from Kyoto. Our selected schedule from Hyperdia is as follows:

    Kyoto – ShinOsaka (JR)
    ShinOsaka – Aioi (Sanyo Shinkansen)
    Aioi – Kamigori (JR)
    Kamigori – Tottori via LTD. EXP SUPER INABA 1.

    My question are:
    1.) Is it fully covered by Kansai Wide Area Pass? If not, how much extra should we pay?
    2.) Are there other routes we could use to fully utilize the pass?

    Thanks and have a nice day!

  8. Hello,

    If i have a JR Pass and i will be travelling from Kyoto to go to Tottori using this train i understand from above comments that there is no extra charge?

    Also if i need to go to Iwami town from Tottori, is my JR Pass covering that last part of the trip? And how long is the trip from Tottori to Iwami?

    1. Hi Kaimona,

      This train is fully covered by JR Pass.
      Please see the link below about access to Iwami.
      https://jprail.com/destinations/chugoku-area/how-to-access-unesco-world-heritage-listed-iwami-ginzan-silver-mine.html

      The nearest train station is Odashi. Please use hyperdia to find the trip time between Tottori and Odashi.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/hyperdia-perfect-guide-train-timetable-and-route-search-engine.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  9. Hi ,
    Can I use JR Kansai Wide Area pass for this train? round trip Osaka – Tottori. Do i need to pay any extra charges?

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