The limited express Odoriko and Saphir Odoriko train ride guide. The express trains which run between Tokyo, Yokohama, Izu and Atami

Odoriko is serviced by 185 series.Atami, Ito, Shimoda, Mishima, Shuzenji
Odoriko that go to Shuzenji is usually coupled with Odoriko going to Izukyu Shimoda.
257 series runs for Odoriko (C) Rsa / CC BY-SA (

Odoriko and Saphir Odoriko are limited express trains to Izukyu-Shimoda or Shuzenji in Izu peninsula from Tokyo and Shinjuku. As probably you know, Izu peninsula is one of most famous hot springs resort area in Japan. These express trains take you to many places, such as Atami, Ito, Kwazu and Izu-Kogen, in Izu hot springs resort from Greater Tokyo area.

Saphir Odoriko was introduced on March 14th, 2020. This train offers high-end train service. This train does not have any ordinary class seat. All seats are Green seat (business class) or Premium Green seat (first class).

In this post, I will show you the interior, timetable, trip times and other trips of Odoriko and Saphir Odoriko.

Route, timetable and trip time

185 series still run as limited express train Odoriko. This fleet is used for rapid Moonlight Nagara too.

Odoriko and Saphir Odoriko connects Tokyo and Atami in 1 hour 30 minutes and connects Tokyo and Izukyu-Shimoda in 2 hours 45 minutes to 3 hours and conencts Tokyo and Shuzenji in 2 hours 10 minutes.

Please find the timetable in JR East official website (English):

JR East official site – the timetable

Odoriko operation map
Green line is Odoriko operation route. Blue line is Saphir Odoriko operation route.
Click to view large.

Restriction for JR Pass users

These trains are operated on both JR line and the private lines, Izu Kyuko Railway (Ito to Izukyu-Shimoda) and Izu Hakone Railways (Mishima to Shuzenji). If you take these train by JR Pass, JR Pass does not cover these private lines. You may have to pay the extra if you travel farther than Ito or Mishima.

Please see the fare table below to find the extra on top of JR Pass.

Extra fare table for Izu-Kyuko line

 Base fare
from Ito
seat fee
seat fee
seat fee
seat fee
seat fee
Izu-Kogen670 yen410 yen520 yen930 yen1,190 yen2,010 yen
Kawazu1,390 yen410 yen520 yen930 yen1,190 yen2,010 yen
Izukyu-Shimoda1,650 yen410 yen520 yen930 yen1,190 yen2,010 yen
Base fare is varied by the distance on Izu-Kyuko line but the seat fee is same.

Extra fare table for Izu-Hakone Railways

 Basic fare from Mishima
Shuzenji520 yen
Only base fare is required. Green seat car is not available on Odoriko to Shuzenji.

If you use JR East Pass or Tokyo Wide Pass, Izu-Kyuko line is covered. You can take an ordinary seat on the limited express Odoriko without any extra charge. But Saphir Odoriko is not covered at all by these passes because this train offers only Green class seat and Premium Green class seat. These passes do not cover Green and Premium Green seats. And these passes do not cover farther than Atami. The segment between Atami and Shuzenji is not covered at all by these passes.


Odoriko is operated by 185 series and 257 series. All 185 series will be replaces by 257 series sooner or later because this fleet is one of the oldest fleets in JR trains.

Saphir Odoriko is operated by 261 series. 261 series is designed for Saphir Odoriko and newly itroduced.

As I mentioned, Saphir Odiriko 261 series does not offer any ordinary class seats. It offers only Green class seat and Premium Green class seat.

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

Train formation

For the limited express Odoriko

R (Ordinary reserved seat), NR (Ordinary non reserved seat), G (Green class seat)
185 series 12 cars formation. Car 11 to 15 usually are assigned for the train to Shuzenji.
R (Ordinary reserved seat), NR (Ordinary non reserved seat), G (Green class seat)
185 series 15 cars formation. Car 11 to 15 usually are assigned for the train to Shuzenji.
R (Ordinary reserved seat), NR (Ordinary non reserved seat), G (Green class seat)
257 series 9 cars formation. This set is used for Tokyo to/from Izukyu-Shimoda operation.
R (Ordinary reserved seat), NR (Ordinary non reserved seat), G (Green class seat)
257 series 14 cars formation. Car 10 to 14 usually are assigned for the train to Shuzenji.

For the limited express Saphir Odoriko

PG (Premium Green seat), GC (Green Compartment), G (Green seat)

Images – Odoriko 185 series

Green seat

Ordinary seat

The accommodation is exactly same between reserved ordinary seat and non reserved ordinary seat.


Images – Odoriko 257 series

This series has just been renovated for the limited express Odoriko. The images are not available yet.

You may find the link to JR East official news letter below. It is in Japanese but you cann find some image:

JR East official news

Images – Saphir Odoriko 261 series

JR East official website

This series has just been introduced for the limited express Saphir Odoriko. The images are not available yet.

You may find the link to JR East official website below. It is English website and there are lots of images:

JR East Saphir Odoriko official website

I hope this post helped you to plan your trip to Izu, Atami, Kawazu.


  1. Mario says:

    Hi JRrail,
    Thanks for the info on your website, It’s very helpful.
    But I need your confirmation again on this.

    I am planning to see cherry blossom in Kawazu at end of February.
    From Tokyo to Kawazu, I don’t have to pay extra fare when we take Odoriko or Super View Odoriko if I bought JR Kanto Area Pass right?


    • JPRail says:

      Hi Mario,

      That’s right. There is no extra charge.

      In February, you will be able to see plum. It will be too early to see cherry blossom.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  2. Gonzalo says:

    Do you consider the travel to Izukyu Shimoda scenic enough to justify the visit? I’m short of time but I really wanted to ride the Super View Odoriko. Are any other lines using the 251 series?

    Thanks in avance, and sorry for the doble post.

    • JPRail says:

      Hi Gonzalo,

      Yes. It is very scenic and I can recommend it to you with 100% confidence. If you have a time, you can see the movie at Youtube.

      But it is about 60 minutes movie. If you see all, you may not need to go there. 🙂


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  3. Joe says:


    Would you kindly tell me if I can use JR Kanto Pass on Ltd Express Odoriko for travelling from Tokyo Station to Kawazu Station? As I read from website, I have to pay extra fare = 1,330 yen + 500 yen (reserved). Is the correct?

    Thank you.


  4. Cynthia Ong says:

    Dear JR,

    Need your kind advice, I will be arriving into Haneda Airport on 21 Oct morning and is planning to go to ITO Station, Can I use my JR Pass to take the Odoriko / Super View Odoriko train and how much fare difference must I pay if my pass cannot be used for this route ? What would be the last train service from Tokyo to Ito ?

    If we do not want to pay the fare difference, is there another alternative route to take so that we can still use our JR Pass to arrives ITO station ?

    Appreciate if you can help on our enquiry….

    Many thanks,
    cynthia ong

    • JPRail says:

      Hi Cynthia,

      If you take Odoriko to Ito, it is covered by JR Pass fully. Please read “Restriction for Japan Rail Pass users” in the post above.

      The last train is usually 13:00 departure from Tokyo. But there are some additional trains on weekend, Check it at Hyperdia.

      If you cannot catch Odoriko, take Shinkasen from Tokyo to Atami, and then transfer to local train to Ito. Ito is only 5 stations away from Atami. You still can catch the last local train from Atami to Ito from 22:10 departure Shinkasen “Kodama” from Tokyo.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  5. Andy Cheung says:

    I want to go from Tokyo Airport to Izukyu Shimoda. I know it takes 3 hours but not sure which train to take and which station is better.

    Izukyu Shimoda which is best route by train to Kii Katsuraa.

    thank you very much

    • JPRail says:

      Hi Andy,
      Which airport are you going to arrive, Haneda or Narita?
      If you arrive Narita, take Narita Express to Tokyo and then transfer to Odoriko/Super view odoriko. If you arrive Haneda, take Keihin Kyuko to Shinagawa and then transfer to Odoriko/Super view odoriko.
      However, if you arrive late afternoon or evening, you cannot make it on arrival day. You may need to stay in Tokyo. For example, if you arrive Narita, you will spend at least one hour to get out of airport. And you will spend another one hour to get Tokyo station from Narita. You will lose extra minutes to transfer the train. So check the schedule at Hyperdia.
      And I want to make sure that you want to go to Izukyu-Shimoda or Kii-Katsuura. Kii-Katsuura is completely different place. If you go to Kii-Katsuura, you need to go to Osaka or Nagoya and transfer the train to Kii-Katsuura. See the following link:
      Takeshi / JP Rail

  6. Ridhwaan says:

    Hi, if i wanna purchase the seishun 18 ticket can i do it online or do i have to go to the ticket stations? and if i wanna go to niigata from tokyo, what is the cheapest railpass to get there?

    • JPRail says:

      Hi Ridhwann,
      Seisyun 18 is sold at station only. No online is available.
      If you use Seisyu 18, it is the cheapest to get there. Otherwise only single ticket is your choice.
      Takeshi / JP Rail

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  8. fern says:


    We plan to go to Kawazu Cherry Blossom.
    We will be going from Tokyo. We have JR pass. Please advice how and which train to take.

    If we plan to overnight, which is the best area to stay?

    Thanks for help.


    • JPRail says:

      Hi fenn,
      Take this train, Super View Odoriko and Odoriko to Kawazu. It takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes from Tokyo. But as you have seen on this page. Japan Rail Pass do not cover for the section between Ito and Kawazu. You need to pay extra anyway.
      You can check the timetable at Hyperdia.
      I think Atami is the best place to stay. But you can decide not by location but by accommodation. There are so many Ryokans and Hotels. And also Shimoda is nice place too.
      Takeshi / JP Rail

  9. Andre Sucher says:

    Can you tell if the super view odoriko sill goes from Shinkuju to Izukyu Shimoda at 9:25 am.
    Thankyou Andre

  10. Kathleen Bogen says:

    Dear JR:

    I am currently living on Yokosuka Naval Base. I plan on making frequent weekend trips (leave Friday at 1500 and return on Sunday mid-day) to IzuKyu-Shimoda. I would like to take the Odoriko if possible. Can you send me information on the most direct route? In addition, would it be more economical to buy some sort of pass?

    I would appreciate any help you can give me.


    Kathleen Bogen

    • JPRail says:

      Hello Kathleen,
      I don’t know when you are going to Izukyu-Shimoda. But Odoriko is operated on weekend and holidays now. So I think you can take this train. Take the local line on Yokosuka line to Ofuna, then change to Odoriko there. All of Odoriko are not operated yet. I update daily about train operation status. Please refer this page before you go and get most updated informations.
      I don’t have any informations to send you since my site is not official. But you can get the time table on JR East English website timetable. And JR East had Weekend Pass in winter time. That one was the best for you. But it is over to sell. So I don’t have any recommendation to you now. You will find some informations about other passes here.

      Takeshi / JP Rail

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