Sunrise Izumo

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Sunrise Izumo
Jr 285 Sunrise Izumo 20130413.jpg
285 series EMU on a Sunrise Izumo service, April 2013
Overview
Service typeLimited express
StatusOperational
LocaleJapan
PredecessorIzumo
First service10 July 1998
Current operator(s)JR Central, JR West
Route
StartTokyo
EndIzumoshi
Distance travelled953.6 km (592.5 mi)
Average journey timeapprox. 12 hours
Service frequency1 return working daily
On-board services
Seating arrangementsNone
Sleeping arrangementsPrivate compartments/open-plan sleeping areas
Catering facilitiesNone
Technical
Rolling stock285 series EMUs
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification1,500 V DC
Operating speed130 km/h (80 mph)

The Sunrise Izumo (サンライズ出雲, Sanraizu Izumo) is an overnight sleeping car train service in Japan operated jointly by Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) and West Japan Railway Company (JR West) since July 1998.[1][2]

Operations[edit]

The Sunrise Izumo runs daily between Tokyo and Izumoshi in Shimane Prefecture, taking approximately 12 hours for the 953.6 km (592.5 mi) journey.[2] The service operates in conjunction with the Sunrise Seto service to Takamatsu between Tokyo and Okayama. The combined 14-car train departs from Tokyo, and stops at Yokohama, Atami, Numazu, Fuji, Shizuoka, Hamamatsu (final evening stop), Himeji (first morning stop), and arrives at Okayama, where the train splits. Between Okayama and Izumoshi, the 7-car Sunrise Izumo train stops at Kurashiki, Bitchū-Takahashi, Niimi, Yonago, Yasugi, Matsue, and Shinji, before arriving in Izumoshi. The return train departs from Izumoshi, and is coupled with the Sunrise Seto from Takamatsu at Okayama Station, departing together from there, and arriving at Tokyo Station in the next morning.

Station list[edit]

Station Distance (km) Time[3] Location
Name Japanese Between

stations

From

Tokyo

Westbound

(-> Izumoshi)

Eastbound

(-> Tokyo)

Ward / City /

District

Prefecture /

Metropolis

Tokyo 東京 - 0.0 22:00 Departure 07:08 Arrival Chiyoda Tokyo
Yokohama 横浜 28.8 28.8 22:23 Arrival

22:24 Departure

06:44 Arrival

06:45 Departure

Yokohama Kanagawa
Atami 熱海 75.8 104.6 23:21 Arrival

23:23 Departure

05:43 Arrival

05:45 Departure

Atami Shizuoka
Numazu 沼津 21.6 126.2 23:39 Arrival

23:40 Departure

05:26 Arrival

05:27 Departure

Numazu
Fuji 富士 20.0 146.2 23:53 Arrival

23:54 Departure

05:09 Arrival

05:10 Departure

Fuji
Shizuoka 静岡 34.0 180.2 00:19 Arrival

00:20 Departure

04:38 Arrival

04:40 Departure

Shizuoka
Hamamatsu 浜松 76.9 257.1 01:11 Arrival

01:12 Departure

(Brief stop)

Hamamatsu
Toyohashi 豊橋 36.5 293.6 (Brief stop) Toyohashi Aichi
Nagoya 名古屋 72.4 366.0

(Brief stop)

Nagoya
Gifu 岐阜 30.3 396.3

(Brief stop)

Gifu Gifu
Maibara 米原 49.6 445.9 (Brief stop) Maibara Shiga
Ōsaka 大阪 110.5 556.4

(Brief stop)

00:32 Arrival

00:34 Departure

Osaka Osaka
Sannomiya 三ノ宮 30.6 587.0 00:12 Arrival

00:13 Departure

Kobe Hyogo
Himeji 姫路 57.3 644.3 05:25 Arrival

05:26 Departure

23:33 Arrival

23:35 Departure

Himeji
Okayama 岡山 88.6 732.9 06:27 Arrival

(Decouple and separate from Sunrise Seto)

06:34 Departure

22:30 Arrival

(Couple with Sunrise Seto)

22:34 Departure

Okayama Okayama
Kurashiki 倉敷 15.9 748.8 06:46 Arrival

06:47 Departure

22:13 Arrival

22:14 Departure

Kurashiki
Bitchū-Takahashi 備中高梁 34.0 782.8 07:14 Arrival

07:14 Departure

21:48 Arrival

21:48 Departure

Takahashi
Niimi 新見 30.4 813.2 07:43 Arrival

07:44 Departure

21:20 Arrival

21:20 Departure

Niimi
Nunohara 布原 3.9 817.1

(Brief stop)

Niizato 新郷 14.5 831.6

(Brief stop)

Kami-Iwami 上石見 3.9 835.5

(Brief stop)

Hino Tottori
Ebi 江尾 31.4 866.9

(Brief stop)

Kofu
Hōki-Mizoguchi 伯耆溝口 9.2 876.1

(Brief stop)

Saihaku
Yonago 米子 15.9 892.0 09:03 Arrival

09:05 Departure

19:54 Arrival

19:56 Departure

Yonago
Yasugi 安来 8.8 900.8 09:13 Arrival

09:14 Departure

19:45 Arrival

19:45 Departure

Yasugi Shimane
Iya 揖屋 10.4 911.2

(Brief stop)

Matsue
Matsue 松江 9.7 920.9 09:30 Arrival

09:31 Departure

19:24 Arrival

19:27 Departure

Tamatsukuri-Onsen 玉造温泉 6.6 927.5

(Brief stop)

Shinji 宍道 10.4 937.9 09:45 Arrival

09:46 Departure

19:05 Arrival

19:06 Departure

Izumoshi 出雲市 15.7 953.6 09:58 Arrival 18:51 Departure Izumo
  • Sunrise Izumo trains make brief stops for several reasons, such as crew changes at JR region boundaries and also train meetings, which are very prominent when on the Hakubi Line, as the majority of the line is only single track. Passengers cannot board or get off the train when it makes such stops at stations.

Formation[edit]

Trains are formed of dedicated 7-car 285 series Sunrise Express electric multiple units (EMUs) owned by both JR Central and JR West. They are formed as shown below, with cars numbered 8 to 14 in the down (westbound) direction, with car 14 at the Tokyo end, and 1 to 7 in the up (Tokyo-bound) direction, with car 7 at the Tokyo end.[1]

Car No. 1/8 2/9 3/10 4/11 5/12 6/13 7/14
Numbering KuHaNe 285 SaHaNe 285 MoHaNe 285 SaRoHaNe 285 MoHaNe 285 SaHaNe 285 KuHaNe 285
Accommodation B single berths B single berths B solo berths Single DX berths B single berths
Nobinobi floor space
B single berths B single berths
B single/ single-twin berths B single/ single-twin berths Sunrise twin berths B single/ single-twin berths B single/ single-twin berths
Facilities     Mini saloon area, vending machine, shower   Vending machine    
  • Car 2/9 has a wheelchair-accessible compartment
  • Each car has toilet facilities at one end.[4]
  • Smoking is prohibited outside of smoking cabins.[3]

Accommodation, Ticketing and Facilities[edit]

The Sunrise Express consists of six types of accommodation, namely A Single Deluxe, B Sunrise Twin (2-person use), B Single Twin (1 or 2-person use), B Single, B Solo and the Nobinobi sleeping area.

There are three types of tickets associated to the Sunrise Express. First, there's the Berth Ticket (寝台券, Shindai ken), which charges fixed fees for the different compartments with berths (see table below), regardless of starting or ending point. The Berth Ticket is usually combined together with the Limited Express Ticket (to be explained below), and it is not required for Nobinobi sleeping area users.

Accommodation Price Table
Person Accommodation Price
1-person use berth A Single Deluxe 13730 yen
B Single Twin 9430 yen for 1 person
B Single 7560 yen
B Solo 6480 yen
2-people use berths B Sunrise Twin 15120 yen for 2 people
B Single Twin 14830 yen for 2 people
1-person use seating Nobinobi sleeping area 520 yen seat reservation charge

(+200 yen for peak seasons)

(-200 yen for off seasons)

Next, there's the Basic Fare Ticket (乗車券, Jousha ken) and the Limited Express Ticket (特急券, Tokkyu ken), whose prices are based on the distance travelled. These two tickets are required to board the Sunrise train. A 520 yen (see table above) seat reservation charge (座席指定料金, zaseki shitei ryoukin) will be added to the Limited Express Tickets for Nobinobi sleeping area users, in order to reserve their individual sleeping area. Foreign tourists can use Japan Rail Pass as a Basic Fare Ticket, while the Limited Express Ticket (and Berth Ticket if necessary) has to be purchased separately.

Note that tickets for the Sunrise Express cannot be purchased online. One must either visit a Midori no Madoguchi (Ticket Office), a travel agency in Japan, or phone-in to JR Customer Service, in order to purchase their tickets. Purchases can be done as early as 1 month before the trip.

A shower is located in cars 3 and 10. Passengers using the A Single Deluxe compartments are provided with a free shower card to use the showers on the train, while other passengers have to pay 320 yen for a shower card if they desire to use the showers. Lounges are also located in cars 3 and 10. Drink vending machines are available in cars 3, 5, 10 and 12.

History[edit]

Locomotive-hauled Izumo service, December 1997

The Sunrise Izumo services were introduced together with the Sunrise Seto on 10 July 1998.[5] Previously, the Izumo operated as a separate "Blue train" service connecting Tokyo with the Sanin region. However, these trains were becoming less popular as equipment became outdated, and air and bus services attracted more passengers. The Sunrise Izumo was intended to attract more passengers to train transportation by introducing newly designed trains and by reducing the journey time.

Following the introduction of the Sunrise Izumo, the original Izumo locomotive-hauled "Blue train" service was reduced from two return workings daily to one return working, serving the Sanin Main Line between Kyoto and Tottori Prefecture, most of which was not electrified and thus inaccessible by the electric Sunrise Express trains.[5] The Izumo was ultimately discontinued on 13 March 2006 due to continuing decline in ridership, leaving the Sunrise Izumo as the only overnight train service between the Sanin region and Tokyo.

Ridership on overnight trains in Japan continues to decline, and from March 2009, the Sunrise Izumo and Sunrise Seto became the only overnight sleeping car trains to operate west of Tokyo via the Tokaido Line.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b JR新幹線&特急列車ファイル [JR Shinkansen & Limited Express Train File]. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. 2008. p. 124. ISBN 978-4-330-00608-6.
  2. ^ a b Haraguchi, Takayuki (2009). Encyclopedia of JR's Railway Cars: JR全車輌. Japan: Sekai Bunka. p. 34. ISBN 978-4-418-09905-4.
  3. ^ a b JR時刻表 [JR Timetable]. Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. March 2013. p. 144. EAN 4910053110334.
  4. ^ JR電車編成表 2013夏 [JR EMU Formations - Summer 2013]. Japan: JRR. May 2013. p. 122. ISBN 978-4-330-37313-3.
  5. ^ a b こだわりの新幹線&特急列車ガイド [In-depth Shinkansen & Limited Express Guide]. Japan: Ikaros Publishing. August 2000. pp. 194–195. ISBN 4-87149-284-2.
  6. ^ Ogano, Minoru (March 2011). 新幹線・特急大図鑑2011 [Shinkansen & Limited Express Directory 2011]. Japan: JTB Publishing. p. 112. ISBN 978-4-533-08193-4.

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