Most of Kinosaki and all Maizuru are operated by the newest fleet of JR West. (C) Jonathan Ayre

The Limited Express Hashidate. The train to Amanohashidate from Kyoto directly.

Kyoto Tango Railway 8000 series, Tango no Umi train set (C) やのけん (Yanoken) [CC BY 4.0 from Wikimedia Commons]

Hashidate connects Kyoto and Miyazu, Amanohashidate and Toyooka. This is only train to go directly one of “Three Views of Japan”, Amanohashidate.

This train, Hashidate goes through KTR (Kyoto Tango Railway) between Fukuchiyama and Toyooka. So if you use this train and go to stations further than Fukuchiyama by Japan Rail Pass, you have to pay extra fare. But if you use Kansai Wide Area Pass, Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass or Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass, this segment on KTR is covered.

I would like to share with you about this train’s route, schedule, accommodations. I will also explain about the extra charge for Japan Rail Pass users.

Route, schedule and trip time

Amanohashidate is one of Three Views of Japan. ©Kyoto Prefecture/© JNTO
Amanohashidate is one of Three Views of Japan. ©Kyoto Prefecture/© JNTO

Hashidate connects Kyoto with Miyazu/Amanohashidate in 2 hours, and with Toyooka in 3 hours. If you go somewhere between Amanohashidate and Toyooka, this train will be suitable for you. But if you go to Toyooka, Kinosaki and Kounotori are the right choice. Because Hashidate will go on KTR line. It is going a long way round.

The number of trips is the following:
Between Kyoto and Miyazu — 1 trip to Kyoto
Between Kyoto and Amanohashidate — 3 round trips
Between Kyoto and Toyooka — 1 trip to Toyooka, 2 trips to Kyoto

If you go to Amanohashidate from Kyoto, this train “Hashidate” is the best choice. But if you cannot take this train, you can take another limited express, Kinosaki to Fukuchiyama. And then you can take a local or express train from Fukuchiyama to Amanohashidate by Kitakinki Tango Railway.

If you travel somewhere further than Fukuchiyama by Japan Rail Pass, you need to pay some extra because this section is not Japan Railway line. The extra charges are the following:

 FukuchiyamaMiyazuAmanohashidateKumihamaToyooka
Fukuchiyama700/650770/6501580/9701800/970
Miyazu700/650210/3201050/6501270/970
Amanohashidate770/650210/320980/6501190/970
Kumihama1580/9701050/650980/650290/330
Toyooka1800/9701270/9701190/970290/330

This above table shows you base fare / non reserved seat of Limited Express surcharge.
If you take a reserved ordinary seat, you have to pay another 200 yen.

Kansai Wide Area Pass, Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass and Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass cover these above extra fares.

If you need the detail schedule, you can find it at Hyperdia.
* If you don’t know how to use Hyperdia, please refer this post

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Stations 
Kyoto (京都)x
Nijo (二条)x
Kameoka (亀岡)x
Sonobe (園部)x
Ayabe (綾部)x
Fukuchiyama(福知山)x
Oe (大江)x
Miyazu (宮津)x
Amanohashidate (天橋立)x
Nodagawa (野田川)x
Tango-Omiya (丹後大宮)x
Mineyama (峰山)x
Amino (網野)x
Kitsu-Onsen (木津温泉)x
Kumihama (久美浜)x
Toyooka(豊岡)x

x:All train stop *:Some of trains stop


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Accommodation and train formations

Hashidate is operated by the newest fleet 287 series and KTR 8000 series (diesel multiple unit).

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

*Sonic Rail Garden has copyright for all images of 183 series accommodations below.

287 series and 289 series

Both train sets have almost same interior. The seat configuration in Green class is 2+1 and the seat pitch is 1,160 mm. The seat configuration in Ordinary class is 2+2 and the seat pitch is 970 mm. All seats in Green class and the first row seats in Ordinary class have a power outlet for a laptop and a mobile device.

4 cars formation

1234
G/RRNRNR

*G=Green seat R=Reserved ordinary seat NR=Non reserved ordinary seat
Smoking is not allowed on this train.
Maizuru is operated with Kinosaki always. This is the reason why car number is started from 5.

287 series images

Green seat

Ordinary seat

Sanitary space

289 series images

Green seat

Ordinary seat

Sanitary space

KTR 8000 series, “Tango no Umi”

This train set which is shown at the top of this post is very nice one. It does not have any Green class seats. However this was renovated by very famous designer, Eiji Mitooka who is the chief designer of JR Kyushu. He designed most of JR Kyushu trains, such as Yufuin no Mori, Seven Stars. This train set, Tango no Umi has same taste of JR Kyushu trains. These are lots of wooden materials in the car and make it nice cozy interior. The seat configuration is 2+2 and the seat pitch is 1,050 mm which is much bigger than a standard of ordinary class.

Train formation

12
RNR
1234
RNRRNR

*G=Green seat R=Reserved ordinary seat NR=Non reserved ordinary seat
Smoking is not allowed on this train. This train is usually operated by 2 cars formation and it is sometimes operated by 4 cars formation with Maizuru in the peak period.

Ordinary class

(C) やのけん (Yanoken) [CC BY 4.0 from Wikimedia Commons]
(C) やのけん (Yanoken) [CC BY 4.0 from Wikimedia Commons]

Public space

(C) やのけん (Yanoken) [CC BY 4.0 from Wikimedia Commons]

109 thoughts on “The Limited Express Hashidate. The train to Amanohashidate from Kyoto directly.”

  1. Dear Takeshi-san,

    thanks very much for the information! I would like to take the Express Hashidate Line from Amanohashidate yo Kyoto directly. Though seems like it cannot be booked a reservation via JR West online… do you know if i could buy the ticket directly in the JR store?

    Best,
    Vivian

    1. Hi Vivian san,

      You can book and purchase a ticket at any JR stations which have the reservation window. In Osaka, Kyoto and surrounding places, most of JR stations have the reservation window.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hi Takeshi-san,

    Am I able to use JR pass without additional cost to travel to Amanohashidate from any point within Japan? I will be using the pass to travel from Tokyo to Kansai region and explore the surrounds. I hope to maximise the use of my JR pass to visit Kinosaki-onsen and Amanohashidate if possible. Thank you!

    1. Hi Gwen san,

      Amanohashidate is not in the coverage area of JR pass. You have to pay extra. The easiest and the most affordable route is from Fukuchiyama to Amanohashidate. You can find the cost of this trip in the post above.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Thanks, Takeshi!

    1. Extra fare for Fukuchiyama to Amanohashidate: from the table in your post above, the extra fare adds up to about 1400Yen (one way with seat reservation). But I saw from some online forum that a similar one way is close to 3000Yen. Is there a surcharge I need to be aware of?

    2. Extra fare for Ito to Izu-Kogen: the website is helpful! But can I confirm that I read the table correctly: the extra fare for Super View Odoriko is 1780Yen from Atami?

    Can you advise based on my itinerary which is better: JR 7-days Ordinary Pass or a combination of Kansai Wide Pass+Tokyo Wide Passes?
    •one way trip Kyoto to Tokyo
    •return trip Kyoto to Amanohashidate
    •return trip Tokyo to Izu-Kogen
    •return trip Tokyo to Kamakura

    And to confirm these passes cover Limited Express Hashidate and Super View Odoriko with seat reservations? As I have elderly in my travel group. Much thanks!!

    1. Hi JJ,

      1. My faretable was outdated because the tax was raised. However it is still 1,420 yen. I checked the official site again to make sure this. Even if you use reserved seat, the fare is 1,620 yen one way. I think 3,000 yen is the round trip fare.

      2. The extra charge is 1,170 yen for the base fare 660 yen (Ito – Izu-Kogen) and reserved seat fee 510 yen.

      JR pass + the extra fare is cheaper choice for your trip.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. Hi 🙂 I would be travelling from Kyoto to Tokyo. I understand that the 7-day JR Ordinary Pass covers the Hikari/Kodama shinkansen between both cities, but would like to find out if the Pass also covers the following routes to see if it is worth getting the Pass:
    i) Kyoto to Amanohashidate – the direct Hashidate / Kinosaki Limited Express?
    ii) Tokyo to Izu-Kogen – the shinkansen and the Odoriko Limited Express?
    Do I need to do any fare top-ups? If need, how much on average? Also, can I do free seat reservations on all the above trains?
    Thanks!

  5. Hi!
    Would appreciate your feedback on which Passes is a better choice for my itinerary below:

    Day 1: Kansai airport to Shin Osaka
    Day 2: Osaka
    Day 3: Osaka Castle/Tsuruhashi/Temma/Uji/Gion/Shin Osaka
    Day 4: Kibune/Kurama Onsen/Eizan Railway
    Day 5:

  6. Hi!
    Would like to check which is a better option: Kansai wide area pass or ICOCA Haruka.

    My itinerary as follow:
    Day 1: KIX – Shin Osaka
    Day 2: Shin Osaka – Kyoto
    Day 3: Sightseeing in Kyoto, Arashiyama
    Day 4: Kyoto – Amanohashidate – Kyoto
    Day 5: Kyoto – KIX

    Would appreciate if you advise which pass should I get. Thank you!

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