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.

These express trains connect Kii peninsula with Kyoto (京都), Shin-Osaka (新大阪) and Tennoji (天王寺). Please be careful that this express train does not stop by Osaka station. When you go to UNESCO World Heritage site, “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range”, you can use this train and access there from Shingu (新宮).

Kuroshio basically is operated between Shin-Osaka and Shirahama. Some of Kuroshio are called Super Kuroshio. Super Kuroshio has panoramic view Green car. And this train is operated between Kyoto and Shingu. Ocean Arrow is operated by newer trains, 287 series. This train is faster than Kuroshio / Super Kuroshio.

You can take this train by Japan Rail Pass with no restriction. Let’s see the details.

*According to the media release from JR West on Dec 16, 2012, Ocean Arrow and Super Kuroshio will be integrated into Kuroshio.

Route, schedule and trip time

Kuroshio services operates 6 round trips between Shin-Osaka (新大阪) and Shirahama (白浜), and 1 round trip between Shin-Osaka (新大阪) and Shingu (新宮). Super Kuroshio services operates 5 round trips between Kyoto (京都) and Shingu (新宮), and 1 round trip between Shin-Osaka (新大阪) and Wakayama (和歌山). Ocean Arrow services operates 3 round trips between Kyoto (京都) and Shingu (新宮). It takes 2 hours and 15 minutes from Shin-Osaka to Shirahama, 3 hours 50 minutes from Shin-Osaka to Shingu by the fastest Ocean Arrow or Super Kuroshio.

*You can find it at the bottom of JR West website.


View Kuroshio / Ocean Arrow in a larger map

Stations

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

x:All train stop *:some train 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 very recommended.

*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. It has spacious and 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

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

  1. 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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