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
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):
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 |
|Izu-Kogen||670 yen||410 yen||520 yen||930 yen||1,190 yen||2,010 yen|
|Kawazu||1,390 yen||410 yen||520 yen||930 yen||1,190 yen||2,010 yen|
|Izukyu-Shimoda||1,650 yen||410 yen||520 yen||930 yen||1,190 yen||2,010 yen|
Extra fare table for Izu-Hakone Railways
|Basic fare from Mishima|
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.
For the limited express Odoriko
185 series 12 cars formation. Car 11 to 15 usually are assigned for the train to Shuzenji.
185 series 15 cars formation. Car 11 to 15 usually are assigned for the train to Shuzenji.
257 series 9 cars formation. This set is used for Tokyo to/from Izukyu-Shimoda operation.
257 series 14 cars formation. Car 10 to 14 usually are assigned for the train to Shuzenji.
For the limited express Saphir Odoriko
Images – Odoriko 185 series
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:
Images – Saphir Odoriko 261 series
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:
I hope this post helped you to plan your trip to Izu, Atami, Kawazu.