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The overnight express train Sunrise Izumo train guide and timetable. It runs between Tokyo and Izumoshi via Okayama. JR Pass user can take with no extra charge.

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Sunrise Izumo is an overnight train which runs between Tokyo and Yonago, Matsue and Izumo-shi in Sanin area. This train is combined with Sunrise Seto between Tokyo and Okayama.

This train has many kinds of accommodations. One of these is called “Nobi Nobi Seat” which is like carpet section. This Nobi Nobi Seat is fully covered by JR pass. This is not very comfortable but you can lie on the seat. And you have minimum privacy because there is a small partition between the sections.

But some of Japan Rail Pass users want to take a bedroom or another choice even though additional will be charged.

In this post, I will explain you about Sunrise Izumo with lots of photos.

Timetable and route

First of all, I show you the route and timetable.

Sunrise Izumo and Sunrise Seto operation route map (click to view large)
Stationto Izumoshi
Tokyo22:00
Yokohama22:24
Atami23:23
Numazu23:40
Fuji23:54
Shizuoka0:20
Hamamatsu1:12
Osaka
Sannomiya
Himeji5:25
Okayama6:27
Kurashiki6:46
Bitchu-Takahashi7:14
Niimi7:43
Yonago9:03
Yasugi9:13
Matsue9:30
Shinji9:45
Izumoshi9:58
Stationto Tokyo
Izumoshi18:51
Shinji19:06
Matsue19:27
Yasugi19:45
Yonago19:56
Niimi21:20
Bitchu-Takahashi21:48
Kurashiki22:14
Okayama22:34
Himeji23:55
Sannomiya0:13
Osaka0:34
Hamamatsu
Shizuoka4:38
Fuji5:09
Numazu5:26
Atami5:43
Yokohama6:44
Tokyo7:08

As you see the timetable, you can use this train from Osaka to Tokyo as the overnight train. On the other hand, the train from Tokyo does not stop at Osaka. If you want to use this train from Tokyo, you may get off this train at Himeji and then take a rapid train to Osaka.

As of October 2019, the timetable is the following:

Tokyo 22:00 (Sunrise Izumo or Sunrise Seto) 5:25 Himeji
Himeji 5:36 (rapid train) 7:08 Osaka

The Sanyo Shinkansen runs between Himeji and Shin-Osaka but it is too early to catch the Shinkansen. Rapid is the fastest way to get Osaka.

If you take this train between Tokyo and Okayama, you can take Sunrise Seto too.

How to reserve this train

Actually it is quite hard to book this train for overseas tourist. There is no online booking available. The only way is to book at the reservation window that is called Midori no Madoguchi. Please find more information about booking at the link below:

If you plan to use this train, you have to consider the risk of booked out. If you do not want to have any risks, this train is not recommended. It is very hard to find how busy this train is. This train is sometimes booked out in even weekdays of the shoulder season. You must prepare a back up plan in case of booked out.

How to make a back up plan

First of all, you must have a few days between the arrival date and travel date by Sunrise Izumo. It is too risky to take this train on the arrival day.

Please search the hotel in your departure place of the travel by Sunrise. And try to find the hotel which allows you to cancel before two days without any cancellation fees.

Right after you arrive in Japan, try to book a space on Sunrise Izumo. If you can make it, just cancel the hotel. If you cannot make it, stay overnight in the hotel and travel on next day.

e.g.
If you plan to take this train from Osaka to Tokyo on November 10th, book a hotel in either Tokyo or Osaka for November 9th, one night. Please remember that Sunrise Izumo leaves Osaka after midnight. The date when you get on the train is one day after the hotel check-in date.
If you book a hotel in Tokyo and you cannot book a space on Sunrise Izumo, take the last Shinkansen to Tokyo from Shin-Osaka and overnight in Tokyo. If you book a hotel and you cannot make it, stay overnight in Osaka and take the earliest Shinkansen on next day.

In my experience, I could make it 4 times and could not make it only once. But I have never traveled in the peak season.

Accommodations

As I mentioned above, JR Pass user can take reserved seat that is called Nobi Nobi seat without any extra. But you have to pay accommodation fee and surcharge when you take other accommodation. Please see the below to see the details of all types of accommodation and extra charge.

Nobi Nobi seat

No extra charge on top of JR Pass

This is only choice which is covered by JR pass fully. It is not a compartment but it is like a berth. The space is 190 cm length and 80 cm width. You can lie on the space and it is much more comfortable than the seat. But it is very hard to reserve this seat since this is most affordable choice in this train. Of course you must try to book right after you arrive in Japan.

There are upper section and lower section. In my opinion, upper section is bette choice.
There is a small partation (about 50cm) between the spaces. But there is no curtains between the spaces. You cannot get 100% privacy. Beside the window, a small plactic cup is on the cup holder. No power outlet is equipped.
It is just a carpet. You may feel that is hard to sleep. If you bring a small mattress (such as a camping thin air mattress), you can sleep much more easily.
A small blanket and a small pillow cover are included. It does not include a pillow. You have to prepare something to use as a pillow.

Single Deluxe

Express surcharge and compartment fee are required on top of JR Pass.

This is the best room in this train. The bed size is 196 cm length and 85 cm width. These rooms are located in the upper deck in the double decker car. So you will have a better view than the other class. The desk, chair and sink are equipped in the room. There is no rooms that has a washroom or shower in the compartment of this train. But the shower room is in the same car. The shower card is included in Single Deluxe compartment fee. I will explain you about the shower room later in this post.

There are only six rooms available in Sunrise Izumo. This is most expensive room but this is very popular and it is very hard to book.

Overview of the compartment
The window is a big and you can cover this by the blind.
A small desk, small sink and a chair are in the compartment.
Night wear is included. The window is closed by the blind.
A power outlet is equpped beside the sink.
The large desk is equpped in this compartment.
Many items are offered for Single Deluxe passenger.

Single

Express surcharge and compartment fee are required on top of JR Pass.

This is most common comparment of Sunrise Izumo. All compartments are located in the bi-level car. The bed size is 196 cm length and 70 cm width. Since the compartment is in the bi-level car, the height is about 180 cm. It is a bit tight for a tall passenger.

The isle of Single rooms car. At the left side of the phoso is stairs to the lower area.
Upper compartment. Blanket and nightwear are included.
Upper compartment. The power outlet is equipped in the compartment.
Lower compartment
Lower compartment

Solo

Express surcharge and compartment fee are required on top of JR Pass.

This is another type of the single compartment. The bed size is 196 cm length x 70 cm width. But the width is 56cm in some part of the bed. This compartment is located in the single level car. But there are compartments in upper and lower area. The height is very limited. The space where you can stand up is very limited in the upper level. In the compartment at the lower level, you cannot stand up. The space is much smaller than Single. In my opinion, Single is more recommended.

Upper compartment. Blanket and nightwear are included. You have to put your luggage on these stairs and there is a small space above the stairs. You cannot bring a full size suitcase in this comparment.
The stairs to the bed in the upper compartment. You can stand up on these stairs area only. When you leave the compartment, you can input four digit number to lock the door. You can input same four digit number to unlock. Of course you can lock the door from the inside. All compartments have same lock system.
The bed in the upper compartment. The power outlet is located beside the bed.
The bed in the lower compartment. You have to put your luggage between the bed and the door. It is very limited. And you cannot stand up in the lower compartment.
The stairs to upper compartment is streached out in the lower compartmnet. The power outlet is available beside the door.

Single Twin

Express surcharge and compartment fee are required on top of JR Pass.

This room can be used as a single room or a twin room. The bed size is 196 cm length and 70 cm width.. The floor space of this room is almost same as Single. Upper berth is for the second pessenger. The bed is a bit smaller than lower berth. The lower berth can be converted to the seat.

The stairs to the upper berth
There are windows at upper and lower berths.

Sunrise Twin

Express surcharge and compartment fee are required on top of JR Pass.

This room is the standard twin room. The bed size is 196 cm length and 75 cm width. This size bed are side by side in the compartment. The space is much bigger than Single Twin. This rooms are located at the lower level in the bi-level car.

Only four compartments are available. It is very hard to book.

Sunrise Twin interior
Small luggage space beside the door

Lounge space

The lounge space is located at car #3 and #10.

This small lounge space is open public. There are eight stools.
This is a good space to eat and drink.
The vending machine is available in the lounge space. Only cold soft drink is available.

Shower room

Shower room is located at car #3 and #10. You have to buy a shower card at the vending machine in car #3 and #10. It is slod at 320 yen for 6 minutes. But the number of the card is limited because of the water supply.

If you stay in Single Deluxe, you may use the shower room at car #4 and #11. These shower rooms are located at same cars as Single Deluxe compartments. And these shower room at car #4 and #11 are available exclusively for Single Deluxe passengers only. Other passengers must use the shower room at car #3 and #10.

The way of using the shower room is same at all shower spaces. Single Deluxe includes small towel. But other compartments and Nobi Nobi seat passengers cannot get any towels in the train. If you intend using shower room, you must prepare some towels. The shampoo and soap are available in the shower room.

Changing space of the shower room. You can insert the shower card in the light blue color slot. You get 6 minutes when you intert the card. There are instructions beside the slot. It explains you how to use the shower room.
It is inside of the shower room. You may find red color digital numbers in the photo. You will see 6:00 when you go in this room. Once you start using the shower, the timer starts to count down. But if you stop using the shower, the time stops. So when you wash your hair and body, you can stop the shower to save your time. But you cannot split the time. Once you exit the shower space (means going out from the changing space), you will lose your time even if you still have time.

Bathroom

It is available in all cars. But in the morning, this space is busy.

You can brush your teeth here.
There are western style and Japanese style washrooms.

Train formation

Sunrise Izumo and Sunrise Seto are coupled between Tokyo and Okayama.

Click to view large

The train from Tokyo, car #1 to #7 is Sunrise Seto and #8 to #14 is Sunrise Izumo. The train to Tokyo, car #1 to #7 is Sunrise Izumo and #8 to #14 is Sunrise Seto.

Fare and accommodation fee

As I mentioned, JR Pass covers Nobi Nobi Seat fully. But you have to add some more extra on top of the pass if you want to book a compartment.

How to culculate the fare

Three kind of fares are required to take this train.

Ticket, Pass / FareBase fareLimited express surchargeAccommodation fee
Nobi Nobi seat
by JR Pass
CoveredCoveredNot required
Compartment
by JR pass
CoveredRequiredRequired
Nobi Nobi seat
by regular ticket
RequiredRequiredNot required
Compartment
by regular ticket
RequiredRequiredRequired

Nobi Nobi seat is a sort of the regular reserved seat. It does not require any accommodation fee.

Base fare

Departure / Arrival stationTokyoYokohama
Osaka8,910 yen8,580 yen
Sannomiya9,640 yen9,130 yen
Himeji10,010 yen9,790 yen
Okayama, Kurashiki10,670 yen10,340 yen
Bitchu-Takahashi11,000 yen10,670 yen
Niimi11,330 yen11,000 yen
Yonago, Yasugi11,880 yen11,550 yen
Matsue, Shinji12,210 yen11,880 yen
Izumoshi12,210 yen12,210 yen

Limited express surcharge

If you want to use a compartment by JR Pass, you must add this surcharge on top of the accommodation fee on top of JR pass. If you use JR pass to take Nobi Nobi Seat, this fee is not required.

If you use a regular ticket and book a compartment, you have to pay this surcharge on top of the base fare and the accommodation fee. If you use a regular ticket and use Nobi Nobi seat, you have to pay base fare, this limited express surcharge and add 530 yen.

Departure / Arrival stationTokyo, Yokohama
Osaka, Sannomiya2,960 yen
Himeji, Okayama, Kurashiki, Bitchu-Takahashi, Niimi, Yonago, Yasugi, Shinji, Izumoshi3,300 yen

Accommodation fee

This fee is required if you want to use a compartment. All accommodation fee is per room.

Single Deluxe13,980 yen
Single Twin (single use)9,600 yen
Single Twin (twin use)15,100 yen
Single7,700 yen
Solo6,600 yen
Sunrise Twin15,400 yen

Only one adult passenger is allowed in each compartment other than Single Twin and Sunrise Twin.

How to culculate child passenger cost

If you travel with a child who is 5 years old under and share your space with a child, it is free of charge.

If you travel with a child who is 6 to 11 years old and share your space with a child, it is not free of charge for a child. A child passenger requires half amount of the limited express surcharge and half amount of the base fare. If you use JR Pass, this age range of child required JR Pass child. JR Pass child covers all. If you use Nobi Nobi seat, a child passenger can take own space by JR Pass child or half amount of the limited express surcharge and half amount of the base fare.

Preparation before boarding

I would like to share a few tips if you take this train. Especially if you take Nobi Nobi Seat, please read the following tips.

You should bring something to eat and drink.

This train does not have any dining services and on board sales. There is a soft drink vending machine only. Please buy something to eat and drink before boarding. You may drink and eat anywhere. You may drink beer, wine, whatever. There is no restrictions. But do not have a party.

Is this train okay for travelers with child?

If you share your space with child who is 5 years old or younger, it is free of charge. You can share a young child in even Nobi Nobi seat. I have seen mother and young child to share one spot of Nobi Nobi seat a few times. However if you ride this train with baby, I recommend you to stay in the compartment. If you stay in Nobi Nobi seat with a baby, both you and other passengers may be stressful because a baby cries.

Is Nobi Nobi Seat safe for women traveling alone?

In my experience, a female solo traveler can ride on Nobi Nobi Seat. I have seen many female solo travelers in Nobi Nobi seat. Of course most of travelers are male. But I have seen many types of travelers in Nobi Nobi Seat, like senior couples, mother and small child, and some female travelers.

There is no privacy but if you are okay with it, you can travel on Nobi Nobi Seat.

Does this train offer Wi-Fi and power outlet?

This train does not offer any Wi-Fi service. If you want connection, please bring a mobile router or slot a SIM card into your phone. Please find more informaion in the post below:

All compartment equip the power outlet. But Nobi Nobi Seat does not have any power outlet. You may require an extra battery.

Assesment

We have lots of restrictions to take this train. Especially the booking is an issue. But this train is only scheduled overnight train in Japan now. You can save your time and save your cost of the accommodation. You may take this train from Osaka to Tokyo. I believe that Sunrise Izumo and Sunrise Seto offer very memorable ride.

I hope this post encourages you to take this train and enjoy your the ride.

182 thoughts on “The overnight express train Sunrise Izumo train guide and timetable. It runs between Tokyo and Izumoshi via Okayama. JR Pass user can take with no extra charge.”

  1. Hi Takeshi-san
    Me and my wife will travel to Japan on 2.november.2019 to 11.november.2019
    we already purchase JR Pass
    and we decide on 7.november.2019 rise 00:32 ride on seto sunrise from osaka to tokyo.
    so we can online book the seat or we need arrive on japan on 2.novmeber.2019 just can book
    it is possible still have place when we direct reserve the seat on 2.novemebr.2019

    thank you so much

    1. Hi Esen san,

      Unfortunately online is not available. You have to book after you arrive in Japan.
      It’s hard to say whether you can make it or not. November is a shoulder season. Usually it’s okay to book. But it’s sometimes booked out even on weekday in the shoulder season. If you cannot make it, you have to stay in Osaka one night or take the latest train to Tokyo and stay in Tokyo one night. Please prepare a back up plan in case of booked out.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hello, I have a couple questions regarding reservation.

    1. When I reserve this train, should I reserve 30 days or 31 days if there is 31 days in a month?
    2. Where in Tokyo can I purchase a reservation? I hope to purchase a Single Deluxe from Osaka to Tokyo in August next year.

    I want to be there first thing in the morning so I hope to hear from you soon. Thanks!

    Nicholas

    1. Hi Nicholas,

      1. It depends on the day when you travel.
      e.g.
      If you will take the train on August 31, you can start booking at 10:00 am on July 31.
      If you will take the train on May 31, you can start booking at 10:00 am on May 1 because April does not have the day of 31.

      2. You can book at most of JR stations in Tokyo. 99% of JR stations in downtown Tokyo have the reservation window which is called Midori no Madoguchi. You can book there.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Hello, Takeshi-san.

    I was planning to take Nobinobi seat for the ride from Osaka to Tokyo. As I’m also planning to take shower on the train, would the shower card possibly be available when I get on board from Osaka as the train I will take had taken many passengers since its departure from Izumo-shi?

  4. Hello,

    Can i check regarding the NobiNobi seats, are they separated by Gender or am i able to be with my wife?

    If we were to book the single twin… will the express fees be deducted because we have JR pass?

    1. Hi Mel,

      Male and female passengers are in same area in Nobi Nobi seat. So you can book a space side by side unless the space is tight.

      If you go for Single Twin, JR Pass covers only base fare. You have to pay the extra as I mentioned in the post above. You have to pay the limited express surcharge as well. It is the rule of JR pass.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. Hi Takeshi. What time can passengers start boarding at Tokyo? Or maybe the better question is what time does the train usually arrive into the platform? And is the same platform at Tokyo always used for this train? (I understand that even if you say yes, I need to check on the night myself just in case…).

  6. Hi! Planning to take the sleeper train with my family – total 5 people (with kids 14 and 12 years)
    1) should I take the sunrise izumo or sunrise seto ?
    2) more write ups done on sunrise izumo…. is izumo a better destination than the place that sunrise seto goes to?
    3) I have to book rooms for 2 and then 2 and 1… are these rooms all in the same area ?
    4) do people usually stay one night in izumo ? Or they take a train back on the day that they arrive ?
    5) how do I get around izumo to see the sights ?
    6) on the way back I would like to go to Osaka …, Stay Osaka then travel to Kyoto and Nara before going back to Tokyo … should I take the sunrise Izumo to Osaka ? Do I book these all at once ?
    Day 1Tokyo to izumo
    Day 2 then izumo to Osaka
    Day 3 then Osaka to Kyoto
    Day 4 then Kyoto to Nara then Nara to Tokyo
    7) how can I book ? My frens in japan to book for me ?

    Thanks
    Virginia

    1. Hi Virginia,

      1. If you want to go to Izumo, Sunrise Izumo is your choice. Sunrise Seto does not go to Izumo.
      2. It depends on what you want to see.
      3. If you use Single twin and Single, you may be able to get spaces in same car. But it depends on the availability. If you want to use Sunrise Twin, you must have Single Deluxe for solo passenger. But Sunrise Twin is very hard to book.
      4. Most of tourist stay there overnight and visit Matsue too.
      https://www.japan-guide.com/list/e1237.html
      5. You can take bus or local train. Please see the link below:
      https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5831.html
      6. You can take the limited express Yakumo to Okayama and take the Shinkansen to get Osaka. Sunrise is overnight train and usually we don’t use this train as daytime train.
      7. If you use a regular fare ticket, you can ask your friend to book. But if you use JR pass, you cannot ask. You have to book it at the window by yourself after you exchange JR pass.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  7. Hi Takeshi,

    I plan to travel to Izumo from Tokyo on august 29th, but with the recent suspensions on the hakubi Line i am not sure if it will be restored in time. I am uncertain as of now the seriousness of the damage. Can you provide me more information on how badly the Hakubi line is damaged? Also, when we board the Sunrise train into a private compartment, when do we get our tickets checked by the conductor? I rode in Nobi Nobi last year from himeji to Tokyo and no conductor came by to check my ticket.

    1. Hi Len,

      JR West has just announced that Hakubi line is expected to be open in mid August. I think Hakubi line will be open when you will travel.

      If you take Sunrise from Tokyo, usually conductor visit compartment after Yokohama. I have never taken Sunrise from Izumo. But I guess the conductor comes after Yonago.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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