The fastest train access to Tottori from Osaka and Kyoto. Limited Express Super Hakuto

Limited Express Super Hakuto is operated by high speed diesel fleet HOT 7000 series. (C) Mitsuki-2368 – Chizu Express Company HOT7000 Super hakuto

Limited Express Super Hakuto (スーパーはくと) connects Kyoto (京都), Shin-Osaka (新大阪), Osaka (大阪), Sannomiya (三ノ宮) and Himeji (姫路) with Tottori (鳥取) and Kurayoshi (倉吉). This it the fastest and most frequent direct train service to Tottori from Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto. But this train goes through non JR line, Chizu Kyuko Railway. That means you need to pay extra if you use this train by Japan Rail Pass. If you don’t want to pay extra, Limited Express Hamakaze is available between Osaka and Tottori. However there is only one round trip and travel time is 1.5 hours longer than Super Hakuto.

I think Super Hakuto may be your choice even if you have to pay extra on top of Japan Rail Pass. Let’s see about route, schedule and accommodations.

Route, schedule and travel time

Outdoor hot springs alongside the river at Misasa Onsen ©Tottori Prefecture/©JNTO

There are seven round trips. Some of these seven round trips go to Tottori only, not Kurayoshi.
Kyoto/Osaka – Tottori : 5 trips
Kyoto/Osaka – Tottori/Kurayoshi : 2 trips
Tottori – Osaka/Kyoto : 6 trips
Kurayoshi/Tottori – Osaka/Kyoto : 1 trip

Trains are operated every 2 hours. Travel time is 2 hours 30 minutes from Osaka to Tottori and 3 hours from Kyoto to Tottori. You can take Limited Express Hamakaze without any extra charge on top of Japan Rail Pass. But it takes more than 4 hours to get Tottori from Osaka. I think it is worth getting on this train with extra charge. I will tell you about extra charge later.

If you see the map below, you might think this train’s route seems to be a big detour. However this is the fastest route because Chizu Kyuko line is a high standard track for high speed train operation. And if you travel from Nagoya or Tokyo, you can transfer at Himeji.

Limited Express Super Hakuto makes a stop at these stations:
Kyoto (京都) – Shin-Osaka (新大阪) – Osaka (大阪) – Sannomiya (三ノ宮) – Akashi (明石) – Himeji (姫路) – Kamigori (上郡) – Sayo (佐用) – Ohara (大原) – Chizu (智頭) – Koge (郡家) – Tottori (鳥取) – Kurayoshi (倉吉)


View Limited Express Super Hakuto in a larger map

Extra charge on Japan Rail Pass

As I mentioned, you have to pay extra if you use this train by Japan Rail Pass. You have to pay 1,260 yen for the base fare. And also you have to pay one of these following fares:

Non Reserved Oridnary seat 410 yen
Reserved Oridnary seat 510 yen
Green seat 1,020 yen

You can try to get on limited express Hamakaze without any extra charge. Please see the details at Access to Tottori from Osaka, Kobe and Himeji with no extra charge by JR Pass. Limited Express Hamakaze

Accommodation and train formations

If you get the first row seat, you may get panoramic view. (C) Bakkai – Chizu Express Koiyamagata Station platform

Super Hakuto is operated by the Chizu Kyuko Railway’s HOT 7000 series. In ordinary class, the seat configuration is 2+2 and the seat pitch is 970 mm. But Reserved seat is a better seat than non reserved. Green class seat is one of the best seat in Kansai area. The seat configuration is 2+1 and the seat pitch is 1,160 mm. There are only 18 seats available on one train set. It is very popular and sold out very often. On board sales is available between Kamigori and Tottori only.

Train formation

1 2 3 4 5
NR NR R R G R

*G=Green seat R=Reserved ordinary seat NR=Non reserved ordinary seat
Smoking is not allowed on this train.

Green seat images

Photo credit : W0746203-1 (left), 663highland (right)

Unfortunately there is no most updated images of ordinary class seats. Please find it at Chizu Kyuko official site. The first seat images are reserved ordinary class seat an next one is non reserved ordinary class saet.

39 thoughts on “The fastest train access to Tottori from Osaka and Kyoto. Limited Express Super Hakuto”

  1. Hi Takeshi,
    Good day to you.
    I have few questions about travel to Tottori with JR Kansai Wide Pass
    1) my JR Pass is unreserved seat , but if i want change to reserve seat how much do i pay for extra charges?
    2) can buy a round trip Super Hakuto ticket
    (Kamigori Tottori) at Osaka Station first?
    3) All this extra charges pay for reserved seat and ticketing is it go to ticket counter or just need buy at ticket machine?

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Fela,

      1. It’s varied by the distance. But you need to pay full fare of reserved seat fee. It’s not the difference between non reserved and reserved. Please use hyperdia to find the fare:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/hyperdia-perfect-guide-train-timetable-and-route-search-engine.html

      2. The route of Super Hakuto is not covered by Kansai wide area pass. If you use this train, you have to pay full fare for Kamigori to Totori. This segment is outside coverage area. Even base fare is not covered.

      3. I recommend you to buy and book when you exchange the pass.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. HI Takeshi,
        the extra fare for Kamigori to Tottori seems quite expensive ..if round trip also have to extra pay for yen6000+ .

        Thanks.

        Fela

        1. Hi Fela,

          Exactly. So if you want to save your cost, you need to take Limited Express Hamakaze. This route is covered fully but there is only one round trip. Otherwise you can take other limited express trains to Kinosaki onsen and catch a local train.
          https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/sanin-area-train-access-guide-how-to-access-to-kinosaki-izumo-matsue-tottori-and-other-major-cities-in-sanin-area.html

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

          1. Hi Takeshi,

            Thanks for your suggestion. Will try to plan on it.
            if worse and that worse, the only save cost way is take bus. 🙁

            Thanks.

  2. Hi Takeshi

    I have a JR Kansai Wide Area Pass and want to go to Tottori from Osaka. What is the extra fare that I have to pay for the round trip on Super Hakuto? Can I pay on the train or must I do it at the Osaka station?

    Thanks!
    Draco

  3. Dear Takeshi,

    If I have a Japan Rail Pass and plan to travel from Kyoto to Yura on the Sanyin Main Line, as I want to visit the Conan Museum there, how can I pay the extra charge for the Super Hakuto Limited Express? Do I approach the ticketing office to make a reservation or on the train? May I also check if I make a reservation for Super Hakuto from Kyoto to Kurayoshi at Kyoto Station, may I also make a reservation for the return trip at the same time?

    Thank you very much for your help!

    1. Hi Olivia,

      You can pay extra fare when you book your seat. You can book a seat for round trip at same time in Kyoto station. You can book at any other major JR stations too.
      Whenever I use JR Pass, I complete all seat bookings when I exchange the pass.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. hi , I see the news from jrwest.
    jr wide area pass can go from kyoto or osaka to tottori , after 10 apr it’s free right?

    1. Hi Jeans,

      Yes. You can get Tottori. But this train, “Super Hakuto” is not covered. You have to get Tottori from Hamasaka. If you want to avoid extra payment, you should take Limited Express Hamakaze. Please see the link below:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/sanin-area-train-access-guide-how-to-access-to-kinosaki-izumo-matsue-tottori-and-other-major-cities-in-sanin-area.html#Tottori

      But as I mentioned, it runs only one round trip a day to Tottori. You may use other limited express trains to Kinosaki Onsen and change local train to get there.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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