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Tango Explorer at Nishi-Maizuru Station
|Service type||Intercity rail|
|Locale||Ōsaka, Hyōgo, Kyōto Prefectures|
|Former operator(s)||Kitakinki Tango Railway, JR West|
|Distance travelled||207.3 km (129 mi)|
|Average journey time||3 hours, 19 minutes|
|Service frequency||Two round trips daily|
|Class(es)||Unreserved, reserved, and Green class seating|
|Rolling stock||Kitakinki Tango Railway KTR001 series DMU|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
Tango Explorer (タンゴエクスプローラー Tango-ekusupurōrā?) was a limited express service operated by Kitakinki Tango Railway and West Japan Railway Company (JR West) between Shin-Osaka and Miyazu and/or Toyooka stations. The term also referred to the KTR001 series (currently used for "Tango Relay" services between Fukuchiyama and Toyooka) rolling stock itself. "Tango" refers to the Tango (丹後?) region of northern Kyoto Prefecture.
Prior to 1999, the Tango Explorer operated from Kyoto Station, but with the introduction of the Tango Discovery service, Tango Explorer services begin at Shin-Osaka.
Tango Explorer services were generally run with three-car trains, though during peak holiday periods six-car trains (three paired sets) are used. When the Tango Explorer KTR001 series trainset was out of operation, KTR8000 series DMUs (used on the Tango Discovery service) or JNR 183 series EMUs were sometimes used.
Terminuses are in bold.
Shin-Osaka - Osaka - Amagasaki - Takarazuka - Sanda - (Shin-Sanda) - (Aino) - Sasayamaguchi - (Tanikawa) - Kaibara - (Kuroi) - Fukuchiyama - Ōe - Miyazu - Amanohashidate - Nodagawa - Tango-Ōmiya - Mineyama - Amino - Kumihama - Toyooka
- The Tango Explorer 2 stopped at Kuroi and Tanikawa.
- The Tango Explorer 3 stopped at Shin-Sanda, Aino, Tanikawa and Kuroi.