JR Shikoku 2000 series Anpanman car

Access to Kochi from Okayama/Takamatsu. Limited Express Nanpu/Shimanto

JR Shikoku 2000 series Anpanman car
JR Shikoku 2000 series Anpanman car

Shimanto Connects Takamatsu (高松) with Kochi (高知), Nakamura (中村) and Sukumo (宿毛). Nanpu depatrs from Okayama to Kochi, Nakamura and Sukumo via Seto Ohashi bridge (瀬戸大橋). Most of these trains are combined to operate between Utazu (宇多津) and Kochi, Nakamura and Sukumo. These trains are operated on Non JR line, “Tosa Kuroshio Railway” between Kubokawa (窪川) and Sukumo. If you take these trains on this section, you need to pay some extra. I will show you the extra fare below.

When you go to Kochi, use Sanyo Shinkansen to Okayama (岡山) and transfer to Nanpu at Okayama. Most of Nanpu are connected with Nozomi, Hikari, Mizuho and Sakura in right connection time.

Route and Schedule

Nanpu connects Okayama with Kochi in 2 hours 30 minutes to 40 minutes, and Okayama with Nakamura in 4hour and 30 minutes. Shimanto connects Takamatsu with Kochi in 2 hours 10 minutes to 2 hours 15 minutes, and Takamatsu with Nakamura in 4 hours and 15 minutes.

The number of Shiokaze and Ishizuchi are operated as follows:


Okayama and Kochi — 7 round trips
Okayama and Nakamura — 4 trips to Nakamura, 5 trips to Okayama
Okayama and Sukumo — 3 trips to Sukumo, 2 trips to Okayama


Takamatsu and Kochi — 4 round trips
Takamatsu and Nakamura — 1 tirp to Nakamura
Takamatsu and Sukumo — 1 trip to Takamatsu

Most of Shimanto are operated with Nanpu between Utazu and Kochi except one trip to Kochi and one trip from Sukumo to Takamatsu.

View Nanpu / Shimanto in a larger map

Takamatsu (高松)x
Sakaide (坂出)x
Okayama (岡山)x
Kojima (児島)x
Utazu (宇多津)x
Marugame (丸亀)x
Tadotsu (多度津)*
Takuma (善通寺)x
Zentsuji (琴平)x
Awa-Ikeda (阿波池田)x
Oboke (大歩危)x
Osugi (大杉)*
Tosa-Yamada (土佐山田)x
Gomen (後免)x
Kochi (高知)x
Asahi (旭)*
Asakura (朝倉)*
Ino (伊野)x
Sagawa (佐川)x
Suzaki (須崎)x
Tosa-Kure (土佐久礼)x
Kubokawa (窪川)x
Tosa-Saga (土佐佐賀)x
Tosa-Kamikawaguchi (土佐上川口)*
Tosa-Irino (土佐入野)x
Kotsuga (古津賀)*
Nakamura (中村)x
HIdra (平田)x
Sukumo (宿毛)x

x=all trains stop *=Some of trains stop

Extra fare

If you take these train between Kubokawa and Sukumo, you need to pay the extra fare. This section is not covered by Japan Rail Pass because this section is operated by Tosa Kuroshio Railway.

SectionBasic fareLimited express surchargeGreen seat surcharge

*If you take non reserved seat, you can reduce 200yen from Limited express surcharge.
*When you take Green seat, you need to pay non reserved limited express surcharge too.


All trains are operated by JR Shikoku 2000 series. The seat configuration in Green seat is 2+1 and in Ordinary seat is 2+2. The seat pitch in Green seat is 1170 mm and in ordinary class is 980 mm.

Some of the trains are operated as “Anpanman” train. “Anpanman” is one of the most popular animation character in Japan. Lots of characters are painted on the train. Some of the trains have the specialized Anpanman seat too.

Train formation

JR Shikoku 2000 series
JR Shikoku 2000 series

Nanpu 3 cars formation


Nanpu 3 cars formation


Nanpu 4 cars formation


Shimanto 2 cars formation (This formation are combined with Nanpu)


Shimanto 3 cars formation (This formation are combined with Nanpu)


Shimanto 3 cars formation (This formation are operated by Shimanto only)


G=Green seat R=Reserved ordinary seat NR=Non-Reserved ordinary seat


JR Shikoku 8000 series
JR Shikoku 8000 series JR Shikoku 8000 series JR Shikoku 8000 series Green seat

JR Shikoku 2000 series
JR Shikoku 2000 series Ordinary seat JR Shikoku 2000 series Green seat

Photo credit
JR Shikoku 2000 series Anpanman painted exterior by Mitsuki-2368 (Mitsuki-2368が撮影) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
JR Shikoku 2000 series Green seat by Rsa [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
JR Shikoku 2000 series Ordinary seat by Rsa [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
JR Shikoku 2000 series train By L73MuOVg4dJHp0g (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

10 thoughts on “Access to Kochi from Okayama/Takamatsu. Limited Express Nanpu/Shimanto”

  1. Hello

    I want to go from Nakamura to Yawatahama in order to get on the 1300 ferry to Beppu but can not discover the schedule. Do you have any recommendations?

    Thank you

  2. Is there any differenti between JrPass and all shikoku jr pass?
    I need to take limited express Nanpu from okayama to kochi. Can i use Jr Pass? And can reservation make at Midori no madoguchi?

    1. Hi Michele,

      JR pass covers all part of Japan and Shikoku Rail Pass covers only Shikoku. In this trip, you have to pay for Okayama to Kojima which is not in the coverage area of Shikoku Rail Pass. And also Shikoku Rail Pass does not cover reserved seat fee. You have to take non reserved seat car.

      If you use JR pass, you can book it at Midori no Madoguchi.


      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Thank you very much for your fast reply!
        Just one more question: I Will take Shinkasen Sakura from Shin-Osaka to Okayama and from there Limited Express Nanpu to Kochi. JR pass should cover all my trip, is it right? So it’s better for me to buy a Jr pass

  3. I rode the Nanpu Ltd Exp to Kochi 3 weeks ago and it was quite impressive.The part of the ride through the central mountainous area of Shikoku was akin to the run of the Wide View Hida to Takayama, but was much more dramatic . The valleys were deeper, the slopes steeper, and the mountains more overwhelming. Looking up into the cloudy sky expecting the vague outlines of clouds, I could make out the faint traces of trees lining the very top of those seemingly impossibly tall giants that stretched deep into the distance.

    For those who had spent too long a time in the flat plains of the great urban centres of Japan, the ride is a good reminder that Japan is mountain country.

    1. Hi Andy,

      Thank you for sharing your amazing experience.
      I believe that valley is Oboke-Koboke. I have taken that train many many years ago. I need to brush up my memory. I wish I go back there! 🙂


      Takeshi / JP Rail

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