Ishizuchi Connects Takamatsu (高松) with Matsuyama (松山) and Uwajima (宇和島). Shiokaze depatrs from Okayama to Matsuyama and Uwajima via Seto Ohashi bridge (瀬戸大橋). Most of these trains are combined to operate between Utazu (宇多津) and Matsuyama/Uwajima. When you go to Matsuyama, use Sanyo Shinkansen to Okayama (岡山) and transfer to Shiokaze at Okayama. Most of Shiokaze are connected with Nozomi, Hikari, Mizuho and Sakura in right connection time at Okayama. Of course these trains can be used by Japan Rail Pass with no restriction.
Route and Schedule
Shiokaze connects Okayama with Matsuyama in 2 hours 45 minutes to 3 hours, and Okayama with Uwajima in 4hour and 15 minutes. Ishizuchi connects Takamatsu with Matsuyama in 2 hours 30 minutes to 2 hours 45 minutes, and Takamatsu with Uwajima in 4 hours.
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x=all trains stop *=Some of trains stop
JR Shikoku 8000 series is the primary train sets for Shiokaze and Ishizuchi that is operated between Okayama/Takamatsu and Matsuyama. In 2014, newer 8600 series were introduced. But there are still a few train sets available.
JR Shikoku 2000 series is used for Shiokaze and Ishizuchi that is operated between Okayama/Takamatsu and Uwajima. Both series have same seat configuration. The seat layout in Green seat is 2+1 and in Ordinary seat it is 2+2. The seat pitch in Green seat is 1170 mm and in ordinary class is 980 mm. But 8600 series do not have Green car yet.
JR Shikoku 2000 series are used as “Anpanman” train. “Anpanman” is one of the most popular animation characters in Japan. Lots of characters are painted on the train. Some of the trains have the specialized Anpanman seat too.
JR Shikoku 8000 series
G=Green seat WR=Reserved ordinary seat for women only R=Reserved ordinary seat NR=Non-Reserved ordinary seat
*Usually car#1-3 are Ishizuchi, and car#4-8 are Shiokaze. But all 8 cars are used for Shiokaze. Ishizuchi is operated by a different train between Takamatsu and Utazu only.
JR Shikoku 2000 series
G=Green seat A=Reserved “Anpanman” seat R=Reserved ordinary seat NR=Non-Reserved ordinary seat
*usually car#1-5 are Shiokaze, and car#6-8 are Ishizuchi. But only car#1-4 are used between Matsuyama and Uwajima.
JR Shikoku 8000 series Green seat by Bakkai [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
JR Shikoku 8600 series ordinary seat by James Chuang
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 Anpanman train by Rsa [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons