Limited Express Ayame. Access to Kashima-Jingu and Choshi

Limited Express Ayame by E257-500 series (C) 800px-JRE_seriesE257_type500_LimitedExpressAyame - E3uematsu

Limited Express Ayame by E257-500 series (C) 800px-JRE_seriesE257_type500_LimitedExpressAyame – E3uematsu

This train has been discontinued in March 2015.

Limited Express Ayame (あやめ) is operated between Tokyo (東京) and Choshi (銚子), Kashima-Jingu (鹿島神宮). Choshi is well know as home of soy sauce and fishing port. Kashima-Jingu is one of the most famous shrine in Japan.

Let’s see this trains’ route, schedule and accommodations.

Route, schedule and travel time

2 round trips of Ayame are operated. This trains is limited express train but it is a kind of commuter train. Trains to Tokyo are operated in morning peak hours and to Choshi / Kashima-Jingu in evening peak hour. If you go to Choshi, avoid to take this train and get on Limited Express Shiosai.

Tokyo – Choshi : 1 round trip
Tokyo – Kashima-Jingu : 1 round trip

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All Ayame are operated as local train between Sawara and Choshi / Kashima-Jingu If you use the pass, such JR Pass or JR East Pass, you don’t need to care about it. But if you purchase single ticket, you can enjoy limited express trains’ accommodation without surcharge.

And this train departs from Tokyo station Sobu line platform. This platform is located in the underground and same place as Narita Express. There are two underground platforms in Tokyo station. Please refer the post, “Tokyo station guide. How to change the trains, Shinkansen, Narita Express and other local trains.” to get the details.

This train connects Tokyo with Choshi in 2 hours 10 minutes and Tokyo with Kashima-Jingu in 1 hour 45 minutes.

Limited Express Wakashio makes a stop at these stations:
Tokyo (東京) – Kinshicho (錦糸町) – Chiba (千葉) – Sakura (佐倉) – Narita (成田) – Namegawa (滑河) – Sawara (佐原)

All trains stop at all stations between Sawara and Choshi / Kashima-Jingu.

Accommodation and train formations

Ayame is operated by E257 series. E257 series does not have any Green class seat. The seat pitch is 960 mm and the seat configuration is 2+2.

Train formation


*R=Reserved ordinary seat NR=Non reserved ordinary seat
Smoking is not allowed on this train.

*Sonic Rail Garden has copyright for all images of accommodations below.
Ordinary class seat

Sanitary space

Passenger’s deck

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