Sunrise Seto

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Sunrise Seto
JRW Series 285 Sunrise Seto.jpg
285 series EMU on a Sunrise Seto service, May 2009
Service typeLimited express
First service10 July 1998
Current operator(s)JR Central, JR West
Distance travelled804.7 km (500.0 mi)
Average journey timeapprox. 9 hours 30 minutes
Service frequency1 return working daily
Train number(s)Westbound: 5031M
Eastbound: 5032M
Line(s) usedJR East: JT Tōkaidō Main Line, Tōkaidō Freight Line

JR Central: JR Central Tokaido Line.svg Tōkaidō Main Line
JR West:  A  Tōkaidō Main Line,  A   S  Sanyō Main Line,  L  Uno Line,  M  Honshi-Bisan Line

JR Shikoku: Honshi-Bisan Line, Yosan Line, Dosan Line
On-board services
Seating arrangementsNone
Sleeping arrangementsPrivate compartments/open-plan sleeping areas
Catering facilitiesNone
Rolling stock285 series EMUs
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification1,500 V DC
Operating speed130 km/h (80 mph)

The Sunrise Seto (サンライズ瀬戸, Sanraizu Seto) 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]


The Sunrise Seto runs daily between Tokyo and Takamatsu in Kagawa Prefecture on the island of Shikoku, taking about 9 hours 30 minutes for the 804.7 km (500.0 mi) journey.[2] The service operates in conjunction with the Sunrise Izumo service to Izumoshi between Tokyo and Okayama. The combined 14-car train departs from Tokyo, and stops at Yokohama, Atami, Numazu, Fuji, Shizuoka, Hamamatsu (final midnight stop), Himeji (first morning stop), and arrives at Okayama, where the train splits, with the Sunrise Izumo half of the train heading to Izumoshi.[3] Between Okayama and Takamatsu, the 7-car Sunrise Seto train stops at Kojima and Sakaide, before arriving in Takamatsu. The return train departs from Takamatsu, and is coupled with the Sunrise Izumo from Izumoshi at Okayama Station, departing together from there, and arriving at Tokyo Station in the next morning.

There are seasonal extended services which Sunrise Seto trains from Tokyo run beyond Takamatsu, to Kotohira on the Dosan Line. These extended service trains run during particular seasons (Differs each year), and during the holidays.

Station list[edit]

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





(-> Takamatsu)


(-> Tokyo)

Ward / City Prefecture /


Tōkaidō Main Line 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

Fuji 富士 20.0 146.2 23:53 Arrival

23:54 Departure

05:09 Arrival

05:10 Departure

Shizuoka 静岡 34.0 180.2 00:19 Arrival

00:20 Departure

04:38 Arrival

04:40 Departure

Hamamatsu 浜松 76.9 257.1 01:11 Arrival

01:12 Departure

(Brief stop)

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

(Brief stop)

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
Sanyō Main Line Himeji 姫路 57.3 644.3 05:25 Arrival

05:26 Departure

23:33 Arrival

23:35 Departure

Okayama 岡山 88.6 732.9 06:27 Arrival

(Decouple and separate from Sunrise Izumo)

06:31 Departure

22:23 Arrival

(Couple with Sunrise Izumo)

22:34 Departure

Okayama Okayama
Uno Line, Honshi-Bisan Line
Kojima 児島 27.8 760.7 06:52 Arrival

06:53 Departure

22:00 Arrival

22:01 Departure

Yosan Line Sakaide 坂出 22.7 783.4 07:09 Arrival

07:10 Departure

21:44 Arrival

21:45 Departure

Sakaide Kagawa
Takamatsu 高松 21.3 804.7 07:27 Arrival 21:26 Departure Takamatsu
Seasonal extended services (from Tokyo) to Kotohira
Yosan Line Takamatsu 高松 - 804.7 07:54 Departure / Takamatsu Kagawa
Tadotsu 多度津 32.7 837.4 08:33 Arrival

08:35 Departure

Dosan Line
Zentsūji 善通寺 6.0 843.4 08:43 Arrival

08:45 Departure

Kotohira 琴平 5.3 848.7 08:52 Arrival Kotohira
  • Trains make brief stops for several reasons, here being crew changes at JR region boundaries. Passengers cannot board or get off the train when it makes such stops.
  • Regularly, only eastbound services will operate between Atami and Yokohama via the Tōkaidō Freight Line, where trains enter the line at Odawara and exit at Chigasaki back to the Tōkaidō Main Line.


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 permitted in car 6/13, and some compartments in car 4/11.[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 the Seishun 18 Ticket cannot be used as a Basic Fare Ticket to board the train, as the Sunrise Express is a limited express train.

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.


Locomotive-hauled Seto service, October 1995

The Sunrise Seto services were introduced together with the Sunrise Izumo on 10 July 1998.[5] Previously, the Seto operated as a separate "Blue train" service connecting Tokyo with Takamatsu.[6] The Sunrise Izumo was intended to attract more passengers to train transportation by introducing newly designed trains and by reducing the journey time.

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.[7]

See also[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 c 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. ^ 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. ^ 最新特急大カタログ [Modern Limited Express Catalogue]. Japan: JTB. November 1992. p. 110.
  7. ^ 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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