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

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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

28 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 Karina,

      The fastest way is taking the limited express Super Hakuto but this train is not covered by JR pass fully. Please see the link below:
      https://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-type/limited-express/the-fastest-train-access-to-tottori-from-osaka-and-kyoto-limited-express-super-hakuto.html

      If you don’t want to pay any extra, you have to take Hamakaze. But Hamakaze does not run very frequently. You may have to take the limited express Konotori to get Kinosaki onsen and then take the local train. Please see the train route guide in the link below:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/sanin-area-train-access-guide-how-to-access-to-kinosaki-izumo-matsue-tottori-and-other-major-cities-in-sanin-area.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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