Overnight train to/from Tokyo and Takamatsu via Okayama, Sunrise Seto. JR Pass user can take with no extra charge!

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Sunrise Seto is an overnight train that runs between Tokyo and Takamatsu in Shikoku island. This train is combined with Sunrise Izumo between Tokyo and Okayama. This train depart late night and arrive early morning. It helps you to save your time.

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 some 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. I will show your the detailed information about the accommodation of Sunrise Seto.

Timetable and route

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


View Sunrise Seto / Sunrise Izumo in a larger map

Station Tokyo to Takamatsu Takamatsu to Tokyo
Tokyo (東京) 22:00 7:08
Yokohama (横浜) 22:24 6:44
Atami (熱海) 23:23 5:43
Numazu (沼津) 23:40 5:26
Fuji (富士) 23:54 5:09
Shizuoka (静岡) 0:20 4:38
Hamamatsu (浜松) 1:13 |
Osaka (大阪) | 0:34
Sannomiya (三ノ宮) | 0:13
Himeji (姫路) 5:24 23:55
Okayama (岡山) 6:31 22:34
Kojima (児島) 6:52 22:01
Sakaide (坂出) 7:09 21:45
Takamatsu (高松) 7:27 21:26

As you see the timetable, you can use this train from Osaka to Tokyo as overnight transfer. On the other hand, the train from Tokyo do not stop at Osaka. If you want to use this train from Tokyo, you need to get off this train at Himeji and then take Special Rapid Service train to Osaka. It takes one hour by Special Rapid Service. Shinkansen runs between Himeji and Shin-Osaka but it is too early to catch Shinkansen. Special Rapid is the fastest way to get Osaka.

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 expect how busy this train is. This train is sometimes booked out in even shoulder 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 (If you take this train by single fare, base fare ticket and express surcharge 3,760 yen are required.)
This seat is only choice if you don’t want to pay the extra. It is not a compartment, but like a berth. You can lie on the seat.
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But it is very hard to reserve this seat since it is very popular. If you want to take this, please try to reserve right after you exchange the pass in Japan.

Single Deluxe

Additional fare 16,970 yen (Express surcharge 3,240 yen + Accommodation charge 13,730 yen)
This is the best room in this train. The bed size is 196 cm X 85 cm. (Length/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 room that has a washroom or shower in the room in this train. But the shower room is in the same car. You will get the shower card to use the shower room. This shower room is for only Single Deluxe passengers.
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Single

Additional fare 10,800 yen (Express surcharge 3,240 yen + Accommodation charge 7,560 yen)
Most of the overnight trains has “Solo” that is the basic compartment for the single passengers. But Sunrise Seto has another oprion that is called “Single”. This has a bigger space than Solo. The bed size is 196 cm X 70 cm. (Length/Width). Especially the height of the room is way higher than Solo. The height is 180cm. Most of us can stand up in the room, but cannot do it in Solo. There is no room that has a washroom or shower in the room in this train. We have the shared shower room in the train. (It is different one from the shower room for Single Deluxe.) You need to buy the shower card from the conductor at 300 yen for 6 minutes. But only 20 cards are sold in the train because of the water supply.
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* From left to right: isle / upper room / upper room / lower room / lower room

Solo

Additional fare 9,720 yen (Express surcharge 3,240 yen + Accommodation charge 6,480 yen)
This is the standard single compartment. The bed size is 196 cm X 70 cm. (Length/Width). But the width is 56cm in some part of the bed. This rooms are located in the single decker car. But We have the rooms in upper and lower area. So the height is very limited. Most of us cannot stand up in the room.
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* From left to right: upper room / the stair to upper room / upper room / lower room / lower room

Single Twin

Additional fare 12,670 yen (Express surcharge 3,240 yen + Accommodation charge 9,430 yen)
if you use this room for 2 persons, you have to pay another 8,640 yen (Express surcharge 3,240 yen + Accommodation charge 5,400 yen)

This room can be used for single or twin. The bed size is 196 cm X 70 cm. (Length/Width). This room has almost same floor space as Single. Upper bed is for the second person. The bed is a bit smaller than lower berth. The lower berth can be converted to the seat.
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Sunrise Twin

Additional fare 10,800 yen (Express surcharge 3,240 yen + Accommodation charge 7,560yen) per person based on 2 person
This room is the standard twin room. The bed size is 196 cm X 75 cm. (Length/Width). This rooms are located at the lower deck in the double decker car.
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you exchange the pass in Japan.

Other facilities

This train has several vending machine and the public space to drink, eat or taking a break. You can buy some refreshment here.
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There is a shower room beside the public space. You have to buy a shower card at the vending machine. The price is 320 yen for 6 minutes. Only 20 cards are sold in the train.
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The washrooms are Japanese style and western style.
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Train formation

8 9 10 11 12 13 14
B B B B N/B B B

Car numbers are starting from 8 because it is combined with Sunrise Izumo between Okayama and Tokyo.

256 thoughts on “Overnight train to/from Tokyo and Takamatsu via Okayama, Sunrise Seto. JR Pass user can take with no extra charge!”

  1. Hi Takeshi-san,
    My plan:
    2019 Jan 10 (Thurs) – Tokyo to Osaka
    2019 Jan 11 (Fri) – Osaka to Tokyo
    ***I did not buy JR Pass
    ***using Sunrise Seto (00:34)
    I plan to use Nozomi Shinkansen travel from Tokyo to Osaka. can i buy Sunrise Seto ticket + solo room at the Tokyo station before heading to Osaka?
    Thank you.

    Chan

  2. Hello, related question to the post below me. Is it possible for a friend to purchase tickets for me and a friend or is it illegal? I do not intend to use the JR pass for this trip and will pay my friend in full. Thanks.

    1. Hi Nico,

      Yes, you can. Ticket can be transferrable. Because any names or other personal info are not shown on the ticket. Your friend can purchase it and pass it to you.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Cool, thanks. Can my friend purchase from a major train station not in Tokyo? I want to have a trip from Tokyo to Okayama and I will hop on a Nozomi to Hiroshima. I want to do this so I can get there earlier rather than faster since no night Shinkansen exists.

  3. Hi Takeshi-san,
    I will be buying a JR Pass for my trip to Japan, and want to book the free Sunrise Seto Nobi Nobi seats.
    Since it is not possible for me to book the tickets until I land in Japan, it may be sold out. I have a friend who lives in Japan who can buy the tickets 1 month before the departure date. Because I will hold a JR Pass when I land in Japan, will I be able to get the cost of the tickets refunded and keep the reservation?
    Thank you!!

  4. Hello! Our itinerary is as follow:
    Day 1: Flight to Osaka (we will reach at night so nothing much)
    Day 2: USJ
    Day 3: Kyoto & Nara
    Day 4: Osaka
    Day 5: Arrive in Tokyo, Gotemba
    Day 6: Pokemon, Shinjuku, Megaweb
    Day 7: Harajuku, Shibuya
    Day 8: Hakone (for fun2drive)
    Day 9: Tokyo (not exactly sure yet but probably spend the day shopping)
    Day 10: Flight back home

    We will arrive in Osaka on 19th June at 9.30pm, and intend to buy take the Sunrise Seto overnight from Day 4 to Day 5 so as to save a night spent at the hotel. We will then fly off from Tokyo on 28th June in the morning.

    I wanted to ask:
    1. If we should get the JR pass (we were planning to use it to book Sunrise seto) or get icoca/suica/tokyo metro cards instead?
    2. How to book Sunrise Seto and if it would be hard to book?
    3. If we should get the Hakone Free Pass?

    Thank you! 🙂

    1. Hi Janice,

      JR pass does not work. One way trip from Osaka to Tokyo is not enough to get the worth even though you add some trips when you are in Osaka and Tokyo. So you can use local deals or IC card (ICOCA, Suica) and single fare for Osaka to Tokyo. Please see the links below to find more info:
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/kansai-kix/how-to-choose-the-deals-for-access-tofrom-kansai-airport.html
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/how-to-choose-discount-railway-ticket-and-pass-in-kansai-area.html
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-osaka.html
      https://jprail.com/destinations/kanto-area/tokyo-kanto-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-tokyo-how-to-choose-the-best-deal-and-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

      You have to book a seat for Sunrise when you arrive in Kansai airport. You can book it at JR Kansai airport station:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-osaka.html

      However it may be booked out. It’s hard to say how busy it will be. There is no online reservation available. So you have to book it upon arrival and take a risk in case of booked out. If you don’t want to take any risks, consider to take overnight bus:
      https://willerexpress.com/en/

      If you drive, Hakone Free Pass is not required. Gotemba is located at northern Hakone. You can visit Hakone and Gotemba same time.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. Dear Takeshi san,
    Thank you for this post.

    I am a student in International student in Okayama university. Since i have student visa and not tourist visa, I am not eligible to buy JR rail pass.

    So if I want to take Sunrise Seto nobi nobi seat from okayama to tokyo, how much will be the fare? How many days in advance can i make the booking and from where can i make the reservations?

  6. Hi Takeshi-san,

    This website is really helpful for those who plan to visit Japan on the first time.
    Me and my colleague will visit Tokyo and Osaka. As we want to travel from Tokyo to Osaka with Shinkansen Nozomi and travel back from Osaka to Tokyo by Sunrise Seto in Twin compartment, so we prefer buy normal tickets instead to buy JR Pass.

    1. We thought the perfect compartment for us is Single Twin but suddenly we found from another website that Single Twin does not come with a power outlet. Is it true?

    2. The second option is Sunrise Twin. As you mention additional fare is 10,800 yen per person so we have to add 21,600 yen to book 1 Sunrise Twin compartment. Is that automatically valid for 2 people in 1 ticket or we will get 2 tickets for each person?

    3. During our trip in Tokyo, we need travel around Tokyo Disney Resort, Tokyo Station and Odaiba. Do you think e-money Suica is better for us? Because I am not sure JR Pass could cover all line in Tokyo.

    Thank you very much.

    1. Hi Dayen san,

      1. Both Sunrise twin and Single twin equip a power outlet.

      2. You will receive only one ticket for one compartment.

      3. JR pass covers most part of Tokyo. Please see the link below:
      https://jprail.com/destinations/kanto-area/tokyo-kanto-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-tokyo-how-to-choose-the-best-deal-and-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

      Probably Suica is okay for your trip in my thought.

      Sunrize twin is very very difficult to book. Good luck.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  7. Konnichiwa Takeshi san,
    I am extremely worried about my travel in Sunrose izumo train. The thing is, i arrive in Tokyo on 14th of November and on 16th morning i must be in Yonago. This leaves me one day to buy ticket from Yokohama to Yonago. I would agree for anything actually – nobi nobi zaseki, solo,single – anything to get there. My questions are:
    1) is it any possible that i get any seat during this season? (i would leave evening of Thursday 15th)
    2) prices: i am not quite sure. If we talk about Single
    – the additional fare is 10,800 yen. Is this the price for the ticket if You have JR pass or without it?

    Looking forward to hearing from you ASAP

    1. Hi Anastasia san,

      It’s hard to say. Many business travelers use this train. So sometimes it is busy in weekday too.
      Usually it’s not hard to book a seat if you can take any kinds of seat. If you cannot make it for Yokohama to Yonago, you may try to find a seat for Yokohama to Okayama. Your chance is getting bigger. You can take other train, Limited Express Yakumo. The first departure of this train departs from Okayama about 30 minutes later than Sunrise Izumo. So total trip time is much not different from trip by Sunrise.
      https://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-type/limited-express/limited-express-yakumo.html

      If you don’t use JR pass, you have to pay a base fare which is 11,340 yen. And add the accommodation fee which I mentioned on the post.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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