Odoriko is serviced by 185 series.

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

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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RRRGGRRRNRNRNRNRRRR
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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RRRGRRRNRNR
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.

192 thoughts on “The limited express Odoriko and Saphir Odoriko train ride guide. The express trains which run between Tokyo, Yokohama, Izu and Atami”

  1. Hi Takeshi,

    I plan to visit the Izu area in May. I will be using the Tokyo Wide Pass.

    Does the Tokyo Wide Pass cover the Saphir Odoriko? or i can only take Odoriko?(since the Super View Odoriko will be scrapped)

  2. Hi Takeshi,

    I’m not sure but does Tokyo Wide Pass covers until Kawazu Station? I was planning to see the early cherry blossom.

    Thank you.

    Regards,
    Nozomi

      1. Hi Takeshi,

        Thank you! You’re a great help. I was worried because I saw on some websites that it’s not included.

        Cheers!

        Regards,
        Nozomi

      2. Hello Takeshi!
        Could you please confirm thar all the way from Tokyo to Kawazu by Odoriko train is fully covered by the Tokyo Wide Pass?
        So we don’t need to pay extra fare of 1330 ¥ for the part belonging to the Izu-Kyuko line?

        Thanks!

  3. Dear Takeshi,

    Thank you for your informative website!

    I noticed you put * at Odawara station (i.e. some trains from the Super View Odoriko will stop)

    I checked out the link you posted in reply to Roy, seems like none of the Super View Odoriko trains stop at Odawara. I’m happy to take the Odoriko instead, would like to check if they are covered by the JR pass as well?

    The pass I’m looking at is the Flexible 5 Day JR East Nagano/Niigata Area Pass that is available on Klook.

    Thank you!
    Regards,
    Matthias

  4. Hi Takeshi,

    Just to confirm that JR Tokyo Wide Pass is valid for Odoriko Limited Express Izukyu-Shimoda between Tokyo Station and Odawara, right?

    Please see the link below for my plan to Hakone.

    https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/Tokyo+Station,+1+Chome+Marunouchi,+Chiyoda+City,+Tokyo,+Japan/Tenseien,+682+Yumoto,+Hakone,+Kanagawa,+Japan/@35.4545072,139.1512366,10z/am=t/data=!4m18!4m17!1m5!1m1!1s0x60188bfbd89f700b:0x277c49ba34ed38!2m2!1d139.7671248!2d35.6812362!1m5!1m1!1s0x6019a309aa2bb7f9:0xabdfbdbb6d22afb0!2m2!1d139.094652!2d35.22871!2m3!6e0!7e2!8j1565859600!3e3?hl=en&authuser=0

    Also, Could I please have the schedule for this express services.

    Thank you.

    Best Regards
    Roy

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