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 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)

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
Odoriko
Non
reserved
seat fee
Odoriko
Reserved
seat fee
Odoriko
Green
seat fee
Saphir
Odoiko
Green
seat fee
Saphir
Odoriko
Premium
Green
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.

Accommodation

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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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RRRGRRRNRNRNRNRRRR
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

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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.

Lavatory

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.

Comments

  1. Sanny says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    Am looking to travel from Tokyo Station to Shuzenji Station. Stay 2 nights at a ryokan in Izu and back again to Tokyo Station.

    1. Which pass do I get? I tried looking up JR Tokyo Wide, it doesn’t cover the Izuhakone part. Do I need to get 2 passes?
    2. Is the Super View Odoriko available for Tokyo – Shuzenji route? I only see that it stops at Izu Shimoda station.

    Thank you!

    Cheers,
    Sanny

    • Hi Sanny,

      As you think, Tokyo Wide Pass does not cover for Atami-Shuzenji segment. Actually regular ticket is the best choice. Because regular fare for Tokyo to Atami is around 4,000 yen. You cannot get the worth by Tokyo to/from Atami round trip.

      Super View Odoriko does not run to Shuzenji. Only Odoriko runs to Shuzenji.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. H Kanishka Bakmiwewa says:

    Dear JP Rail Sir/Madame

    We are arriving to Narita or Haneda airport in Tokyo (which we do not know yet) please let us know the cheapest way to travel to Shuzenji in IZU and return. we are going for a religious function for three days. Which pass is good etc…

    thank you

  3. Jovenal Gonzalez says:

    Hi,

    We are travelling to Hotel Ambient Izukogen Annex on March 17, 2017. We will be arriving Haneda Airport at 13:30 hrs. I understand there is train services going to Atami or Ito. Can you please give advise how do we travel from Haneda Airport to the hotel? How do we purchase ticket or pass? Your feedback is much appreciated. Thank you.

    Jovenal

  4. Sagar Doshi says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    I want to visit Shimoda beach and my stay will be near Ueno station.

    I have one query. I want to know if I will take 3 days Tokyo JR wide pass then can I travel in Super View Odoriko to Shimoda from Tokyo Station without paying any supplement charges?

  5. jem says:

    Dear Takashi-San,

    I found your article very helpful, but the railway system isn’t really for me, I get confused easy. Me and my friends are planning a daytrip to Kawazu for the Cherry Blossoms. How much would it cost me for a roundtrip ticket to Kawazu without JR Pass?

    Thank you

  6. Coralie Davies says:

    Hello, I hope you can help me. I cannot follow the JPRail site at all. I want to reserve some seats on the 9:24 Limited Express Odoriko. I am travelling from Osanbashi and understand that I have to get a taxi to Yokohama Station. From there we are going to Hakone.

    The website is very confusing and asks me if I am travelling East, to Hokkaido, or West. I have no idea. I have never been to Japan before. I just want to catch the 9:24 Limited Express Odoriko to Odawarra – I think that is the name and then get a train to Hakone. Is there a person to chat with online to walk me through the process of booking a seat? Or is there a direct email link, so I can email my request? This site really isn’t made for people who are completely unfamiliar with Japan or first time visitors to Japan.

    Thanks

    • Hi Coralie,

      Please see the link below, first of all.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/how-to-reserve-seat.html

      Basically you can book a seat at reservation window that is called “Midori no Madoguchi” as I explained in the link above.

      I also mentioned online booking site, JR East train reservation. You can use that to book your seat but you have to pick up your ticket by 21:00 day before travel date.

      P.S. This site is individual site and is managed just by myself. I try to explain as much as I can, but probably not enough for some readers. But this is not JR corporate site. So I cannot give you all information that you need. Thank you for your understanding.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      • Coralie says:

        Thanks Takeshi for your help. I don’t think my parents will be able to book that train as they won’t be able to pick up the ticket until the actual day. So what they need to do is get a taxi from Osanbashi wharf to Yokohama train station and then catch a train to Odawarra? then change trains to Hakone? Does that sound right?

        Thanks
        Coralie

  7. Cheng says:

    Dear Takeshi
    Reading your Hakone post, you mentioned we can take Super View Odoriko from Yokohama Station to Hakone which is faster than going to shin yokohama to take Jr.

    May i ask will Super View Odoriko stop in Hanoke yumoto station?

    Can i buy the ticket online?

    Thank you!

  8. Patrick says:

    I have a question.
    I have a Japan Rail Pass and want to take the Odoriko.
    Where do I pay the supplement?
    Can I pay at any Jr office (for instance in Osaka), when I make a reservation for the shinkansen to Atami?
    Or do I have to pay it at an Atami ticket office?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Patrick,

      You may pay for express surcharge when you book a seat on Odoriko. But you probably have to pay base fare for Izu Kyuko on the spot. You can pay to the conductor on board or when you exit at the station on Izu Kyuko.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  9. Stephanie Lin says:

    I will visit Ito peninsula in mid April. I’m confused by JR pass, I’ll ride train from Shimado to Narita airport on my last day in Ito area. For my understanding, the 5 days pass include Nex train from Tokyo Station to Narita, right/ If no pass which means I have to buy JR east train plus express train fare from Tykyo to Narita? (I only stay 4 days in Japan. and will visit Ito area only.)

  10. Kaori Fischer says:

    Hi Takeshi-san,
    We are planning a following trip at the end of March – early April 2017. What would be the best way to use the JR Pass and other trains? We are confused and would very much appreciate your help! Thank you so much 🙂
    1) 3/30-3/31 – leave Tokyo to Nagano to go see Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. Stay overnight at ryokan near there.
    2) 3/31 – 4/1 – Leave Nagano to Fuji Kawaguchiko. Stay overnight.
    3) 4/1 – 4/2 – Fuji Kawaguchiko to Izu Shimoda . Stay overnight.
    4) 4/2 – Return to Tokyo.

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