Inter-city train in Tottori and Shimane. Limited Express Super Matsukaze

Limited Express
Limited Express Super Matsukaze by KIHA 187 series (C) Jonathan Ayre

Super Matsukaze is operated by KIHA 187 series that is high speed with tilting system.

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

Izumo Taisha shrine is one of Must-See points of interest in Sanin area. ©Shimane Prefectural Goverment/©JNTO

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.

Train formation


*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.


Photo credit : W0746203-1

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  1. Len says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    I will be visiting the San-in area and will be headed there after I visit Iwakuni. However, I have 2 options for routes to get there.
    I can either go from Shin-Iwakuni to Shin-yamaguchi and take Super Oki to Yonago, or I can go to okayama and take Super Yakumo. Both routes depart Shin-Iwakuni around 11-12pm.
    Super Oki route will arrive before 5pm, Super Yakumo route arrive a little after 3pm. Is the scenery worth the extra long ride on the Super Oki route? The only plans i have once i get to Yonago is to take a train to Sakai Minato and go see the Eshima Ohashi Bridge and have dinner. What are your thoughts?

    • Takeshi Shimomura, Author of
      Takeshi / says:

      Hi Len,

      Super Oki route is extremely more recommended. Especially Super Oki runs along the coastline between Masuda and Izumoshi. This segment is very very nice.


      Takeshi /

  2. xianna says:


    If i take Limited Express Super Matsukaze from Matsue to Tottori, do I need to pay extra charge? or the journey will be fully cover by JR pass?

    Thank you.

  3. KAREN says:

    Hello Takeshi,

    Please advise is there any rail pass available to my trip.

    21/11 fly from HND to Yonago and spend a day at Sakaiminato and will stay at a hotel near the JR Yonago station
    22/11 Yonago to Tottori by train
    24/11 Tottori to Nagoya by train

    Thank you for your time.


  4. Aggie says:


    Any space for placing big suitcase when using “Limited Express Super Matsukaze”? Thank you

  5. ynpsimmersion
    keygal_2000 says:

    Can I use the San’in-Okayama Area Pass on the limited express super matsukaze, from yonago to tottori?

    Thank you

  6. connieykl
    Connie Lee says:

    For Sanyo-San’in Area pass, from Tottori to Yonago, can I use limited express super oki?

    Thank you.

  7. ynpsimmersion
    keygal_2000 says:

    Can I use the Sanyo-San’in Area pass from Yonago to Tottori using the limited express super matsukaze?

    Thank you.

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