Limited express train Ocean Arrow

Access to Kii mountains/peninsula from Osaka and Kyoto, Limited Express Kuroshio

Limited express train Ocean Arrow
Ocean Arrow service operates by newer train 287 series than Kuroshio.

Limited Express Kuroshio connects Kii peninsula, Kyoto, Shin-Osaka and Tennoji. This is the train which you take to get Shingu, Kii-Katsuura, Shirahama, Kii-Tanabe. These places are known as the gateway to UNESCO World Heritage site, “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range”.

This train is covered by Japan Rail Pass, Kansai Wide Area Pass, Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass and Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass.

I will show you more information about this train in this post.

Route, schedule and trip time

Scheduled Kuroshio runs 18 round trips a day. Some more trips are added in the peak season. In day time, Kuroshio runs once an hour. But many trips run between Shin-Osaka and Shirahama. If you go to farther than Shirahama, such as Kii-Tanabe, Kii-Katsuura, Shingu, only 6 of 18 round trips run between Shin-Osaka and Shingu. And some trips run between Shin-Osaka and Wakayama, Kainan. These trips are operated as the commuters train. You cannot access to even Shirahama by these runs.

Trip time is 2 hours and 15 minutes from Shin-Osaka to Shirahama, 4 hours from Shin-Osaka to Shing.

Please be careful that this express train does not stop at Osaka station.


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Stations

Station / Train Kuroshio
Kyoto (京都) x
Shin-osaka (新大阪) x
Nishikujo (西九条) *
Tennoji (天王寺) x
Izumi-Fuchu (和泉府中) *
Hineno (日根野) *
Izumi-Suanagawa(和泉砂川) *
Wakayama (和歌山) x
Kainan (海南) x
Minoshima(箕島) *
Fujinami (藤並) *
Yuasa (湯浅) *
Gobo (御坊) x
Minabe (南部) *
Kii-Tanabe(紀伊田辺) x
Shirahama (白浜) x
Susami (周参見) x
Kushimoto (串本) x
Koza (古座) x
Taichi (太地) x
Kii-Katsuura (紀伊勝浦) x
Shingu (新宮) x

x:All trains stop *:some trains stop

Accommodation

Kuroshio is operated by 283 series, 287 series and 289 series. If you intend to take Green seat, 283 series has Green seat with huge panoramic window and it is the best one in these three types of fleets.

*Sonic Rail Garden has copyright for all images of accommodations of 283 series and 289 series.

283 series

283 series train was called “Super Arrow”. (C) JP Rail

283 series was built for Limited Express Ocean Arrow. Some of Kuroshio ran as “Ocean Arrow” by this fleet, but now all trains run as Kuroshio.

Green class has panoramic window seat just behind the cockpit. Green seat has 2+1 seat configuration. The seat pitch is 1160mm. Ordinary class has 910mm seat pitch. This train has common lounge space on car #3. You will be able to see the beautiful pacific ocean view.

Train formation

1 2 3 4 5 6
PG NR NR/LG R WR R

*3 more cars may be added during the peak season.
*PG=Green seat w/panoramic view window R=Reserved seat WR=Reserved seat for women only NR=Non reserved seat LG=Lounge space

Images
Green seat Ocean Arrow 283 series Green seat Ocean Arrow 283 series Green seat Ocean Arrow 283 series Green seat Ocean Arrow 283 series Green seat Ocean Arrow 283 series Green seat Ocean Arrow 283 series Green seat

Ordinary seat Ocean Arrow 283 series Ordinary seat Ocean Arrow 283 series Ordinary seat Ocean Arrow 283 series Ordinary seat Ocean Arrow 283 series Ordinary seat

Lounge space Ocean Arrow 283 series common space Ocean Arrow 283 series common space Ocean Arrow 283 series common space

Sanitary space Ocean Arrow 283 series sanitary space Ocean Arrow 283 series sanitary space Ocean Arrow 283 series sanitary space Ocean Arrow 283 series sanitary space Ocean Arrow 283 series sanitary space

287 series

The seat configuration in Green class is 2+1 and the seat pitch is 1160mm. The seat configuration in Ordinary class is 2+2 and the seat pitch is 970mm. All seats in Green class and the first row seats in Ordinary class have a power outlet. You can use your laptop or charge your batteries.

*I have received many images of 287 series from my viewer, Mr. Jonathan Ayre. I would like to thank you for your contribution.

Train formation

1 2 3 4 5 6
G R NR NR R WR/td> R

*G=Green seat R=Reserved ordinary seat WR=Reserved seat for women only NR=Non reserved ordinary seat
Smoking is not allowed on this train.

Images

Green seat
Nichirin and Hyuga 787 series Green seat Nichirin and Hyuga 787 series Green seat Nichirin and Hyuga 787 series Green seat

Ordinary seat
Kounotori 287 series Ordinary seat Kounotori 287 series Ordinary seat Kounotori 287 series Ordinary seat Kounotori 287 series Ordinary seat

Sanitary space
Kounotori 287 series Sanitary space Kounotori 287 series washroom Kounotori 287 series washroom

Entrance deck
Kounotori 287 series Entrance deck Kounotori 287 series Entrance deck

289 series

683 series is the primary fleet for limited express train in Hokuriku region.
289 series used to run as limited express train in Hokuriku region.

289 series was 683 series for Limited Express Shirasagi. When Hokuriku Shinkansen was open, many train sets were transferred and started to use for Limited Express Kuroshio as 289 series.

Interior was same when it ran as Shirasagi and Thunderbird. The seat pitch in Green seat is 1160mm. It is the standard of most JR trains. The seat configuration is 2+1.
This seat is very spacious and has nice holding. It is quite good seat. The seat pitch in Ordinary seat is 970mm. It is a bit bigger than the standard. The front row seats have a big table and a power outlet. If you want to use your laptop or charge your batteries, try to secure these seats.

Train formation

1 2 3 4 5 6
G NR NR R WR R

*G=Green seat R=Reserved ordinary seat WR=Reserved seat for women only NR=Non reserved ordinary seat
Smoking is not allowed on this train.

Images

These images below were taken when it ran as Shirasagi. But the interior is mostly same.

Green seat
683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Green seat 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Green seat 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Green seat 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Green seat 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Green seat 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Green seat 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Green seat 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Green seat

Ordinary seat
683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Ordinary seat 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Ordinary seat 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Ordinary seat 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Ordinary seat 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Ordinary seat 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Ordinary seat 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Ordinary seat

Sanitary space
683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Sanitary space 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Sanitary space 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Sanitary space 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Sanitary space 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Sanitary space

Entrance deck and common space

683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Common space 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Common space 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Common space 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Common space 683 series - Limited Express Shirasagi Common space

61 thoughts on “Access to Kii mountains/peninsula from Osaka and Kyoto, Limited Express Kuroshio”

  1. Hi Takenshi-san,
    I am planning using Kansai Wide Area Pass to Kii-Katsuura for day trip on 2nd Oct 2018.
    1. From Namba(Nankai) travelling to Tennoji catch the
    (LTD. EXP Kuroshio 1) at 7.59am to Kii-Katsuura at 11.33am.
    2. What is the latest LTD. EXP Kuroshio go back to Namba(Nankai)?
    3. I am using Hyperdia , unfortunately can not find the suitable route (around 6pm) go back to Namba(Nankai). kindly please advice.

    Best regards,
    Ms Michelle Low

    1. Hi Michelle san,

      I think hyperdia do not have the updated timetable for October yet. The last one departs at 18:02 from Kii-Katsuura and arrive in Tennoji at 21:47. You can take subway between Tennoji and Namba. It runs from 5:00 to midnight.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Dear Takeshi-san,

    Your site has the best information by far on all things Japan rail. It is here I find the most on the Kuroshio Ltd Express. I have some questions please:
    1. After trekking Kumano Kodo, we plan to catch the Kuroshio 14 from Kii-Katsuura to Shin-Osaka. From looking at the links in your forums, am I right that this train is a series 283 and has Green seats in the first carriage with panoramic windows?
    2. We have standard 7day JR passes which we will trigger for this leg, so we will each have to pay extra 3590 yen, right?
    3. We will pre-book this journey at JR ticket off in Osaka. How can we make sure we have good seats for viewing in Green seat?
    4. Do we have to make all our other journeys for reserve seat bookings at the same time, or can we leave it to just before we take the other journeys? We will be in Japan for one month.

    Hope this all makes sense.

    Many thanks …. Sel

    1. Hi Sel san,

      1. It’s 283 series which has green car with panoramic window. It’s car #1 but it’s at the end when you go to Osaka. If you take this train from Osaka, car #1 is the first car.

      2. What is the extra cost for? If you want to take Green by ordinary pass, extra is 6,050 yen.

      3. You can ask that you want to take a seat ocean side, front row seat, whichever as you like. But remember that panoramic window car is at the end. Even if you get the seat behind the panoramic window, you cannot face forward.

      4. It’s totally up to you.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takenshi-san,

        Many thanks for this info – very, very informative.

        Re Q2 – I thought Japan Rail pass includes a reserved seat, but on further reading I now see that to upgrade to a Green seat while travelling on normal JR pass I have to pay the full Green seat surcharge. I think we will give the Green seat upgrade a miss this time.

        I appreciate all you do for train travellers in Japan.

        Kind regards ….. Sel

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