Limited Express Super Matsukaze (スーパーまつかぜ) is operated between Tottori (鳥取), Yonago (米子) and Masuda (益田). This train connects all major cities in Sanin area. Matsue (松江) has castle and Samurai district. Izumoshi (出雲市) is very well known by Japan’s second most important shrine, Izumo Taisha. Odashi (大田市) is a gate station to UNESCO World Heritage Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine. You can travel all these cities by Super Matsukaze. It is no doubt that this train is essential to travel in Sanin area. This train is fully covered by JR pass and JR West Sanyo Sanin Area Pass.
By the way, you can transfer to Limited Express Yakumo (やくも) to Okayama (岡山) at Yonago. The primary trains from Tottori to Okayama is Limited Express Super Inaba (スーパーいなば). But this train goes through non JR railway, Chizu Kyuko Railway. You have to pay extra if you use this train from Tottori. If you take Super Matsukaze and Yakumo, you can avoid to pay extra to Okayama from Tottori on Japan Rail Pass. But travel time is 1.5 hours longer than Super Inaba. Please check the details about Tottori – Okayama transfer at the post, The fastest train access to Tottori from Okayama. Limited Express Super Inaba.
I will show you this train’s route, schedule and accommodations.
Route, schedule and travel time
There are seven round trips altogether.
Between Tottori and Masuda : 3 round trips
Between Yonago and Masuda : 4 round trips
Other limited express Super Oki is operated on same section too. There are another 7 round trips. Please check the post, Access to Tsuwano, Izumo, Matsue from Yamaguchi. Limited Express Super Oki too.
Travel times of major sections are the following:
Limited Express Super Inaba makes a stop at these stations:
Tottori (鳥取) – Tottori-Daigakumae (鳥取大学前)* – Kurayoshi (倉吉) – Hoki-Daisen (伯耆大山)* – Yonago (米子) – Yasugi (安来)* – Matsue (松江) – Tamatsukuri-Onsen (玉造温泉)* – Shinji (宍道)* – Izumoshi (出雲市) – Nishi-Izumo (西出雲)* – Odashi (大田市) – Nima (仁万)* – Yunotsu (温泉津)* – Goutsu (江津) – Hashi (波子)* – Hamada (浜田) – Miho-Misumi (三保三隅)* – Masuda (益田)
Some of the trains stop at the stations with * mark.
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Accommodation and train formations
Super Matsukaze 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
All trains are operated by two cars formation except Super Matsukaze #2 from Yonago to Tottori. Smoking is not allowed on this train.
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