The Hashidate first appeared in 1965 as a semi-express connecting Osaka and Amanohashidate via the Fukuchiyama Line, Sanin Main Line, and Miyazu Line. It became an express service in 1966. In 1968, Hashidate services were merged into Tamba services. Until March 11, 2011, the Monju and Tango Discovery were most like the original Hashidate service. From 1982 until 1992, the Hashidate was an express service connecting Fukui and Amanohashidate via the Obama Line and Miyazu Line. Two other services, the Wakasa and Taisha, had service areas that overlapped with the Hashidate.
April 20, 1963: One daily round trip is added, service is extended to Fukui.
October 1, 1964: One daily round trip is discontinued. However, until the beginning of express Asashio service between Kanazawa and Izumo-shi on 1 December, the Wakasa operates as a temporary service.
March 5, 1966: The Wakasa becomes an express service.
October 1, 1966: The Taisha express service begins linking Nagoya, Tsuruga, and Izumo-shi. It connects with the Asashio between Tsuruga and Yonago.
July 1968: The Emerald express service begins, linking Nagoya and Higashi-Maizuru. Intended as a complement to the Taisha, it is introduced to ease crowding during the summer. After the Taisha service is discontinued, the Emerald continues to operate during summers until 1995.
October 1, 1968: Asashio services are renamed Taisha. Taisha service is modified to Nagoya and Kanazawa with Izumo-shi.
October 1, 1970: One round-trip Wakasa service is added.
March 15, 1972: Wakasa begins operation on the Maizuru Line and Sanin Main Line. One round trip services Kyoto.
October 2, 1978: Taisha consists to and from Kanazawa now connect Fukui and Amanohashidate.
July 1, 1982: Taisha consists to and from Nagoya now connect Nagoya and Amanohashidate.
November 15, 1982: Taisha service to Nagoya stops. The service is renamed Hashidate.
November 1, 1986: Prior to the privatization of JNR, Wakasa service is reduced to one round trip daily.
March 13, 1992: Hashidate service is discontinued.
1996 - Following the electrification of the Sanin Main Line, Hashidate service is reintroduced using electric trains.
March 16, 1996: Wakasa service is modified to connect Higashi-Maizuru and Tsuruga.
October 10, 1999: Wakasa service is discontinued.
March 18, 2007: All services become non-smoking.