Let's board a night train with sleeper cars from Tokyo to the Sea of Japan! This video guide will walk you through the JR Sunrise Izumo
Express from Tokyo Station to Izumo.
Passengers on Japan's night trains have declined so there are few night trains left in Japan. This is the only daily one from Tokyo.
★ Shower tickets – buy them as soon as you board. Limited number available. There's a vending machine. 320 yen for 6 minutes.
*Bring your own towel.
★ No food on board. Buy your own breakfast, snacks, beer
BEFORE you board. There is a softdrink vending machine but the
prices are high.
★ JR Rail Pass is okay for this sleeper train but only for the Nobinobi Zaseki (のびのび座席) flat area. There are upgrade charges for compartments / cabins. Make a reservation at a JR ticket
office. It's best to do this as early as possible esp on the weekends and holiday.
Sunrise Izumo Schedule / サンライズ出雲 時刻表 :
▶︎ 22:00 Depart Tokyo 東京
▶︎ 22:23 Yokohama横浜
▶︎ 23:53 Fuji 富士
▶︎ 00:19 Hamamatsu 浜松
▶︎ 05:25 Himeji 姫路
▶︎ 06:27 Okayama 岡山
The Train splits here. Half goes to Shikoku Island for Takamatsu,
Half continues to the Sea of Japan towards Izumo.
▶︎ 09:03 Yonago 米子
▶︎ 09:30 Matsue 松江
▶︎ 09:58 Izumoshi 出雲市
What are the attractions of Izumo, Matsue, Yonago (San'in area)?
☆ Izumo Taisha: One of Japan's most important shrine
☆ Izumo soba
☆ Matsue Castle
☆ Horikawa Boat Tour
☆ Yonago Castle Ruins (great view!) and Beaches
☆ Eshima Ohashi
☆ Kaike Onsen
☆ Mt. Daisen
☆ ... and loads more!
So ... take a break from the super fast shinkansen and save some cash on a hotel while riding the rails. Sunrise Izumo Express all the way!!
Japan Rail Pass Access to all JR Rail trains in Japan but not private lines.
Unlimited travel on all JR trains! Get one. It's worth it!
7-day pass : 29,110 YEN
14-day pass : 46,390 YEN
21-day pass : 59,350 YEN
The reservation for the Sunrise Izumo Express is FREE (Nobinobi Zaseki seat only).
You can upgrade to a compartment by only paying the difference.
Visit this page to see the prices on various compartments: http://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-type/limited-express/sunrise-izumo.html
Extra fees *if you have a JR Rail Pass
★ Nobi Nobi seat : No extra charge
★ Single Deluxe : Additional fare 16,500yen (Express surcharge 3,150yen + Accommodation charge 13,350yen)
★ Single : Additional fare 10,500yen (Express surcharge 3,150yen + Accommodation charge 7,350yen)
★ Solo : Additional fare 9,450yen (Express surcharge 3,150yen + Accommodation charge 6,300yen)
★ Single Twin : Additional fare 12,320yen (Express surcharge 3,150yen + Accommodation charge 9,170yen)
★ Sunrise Twin : Additional fare 10,500yen (Express surcharge 3,150yen + Accommodation charge 7,350yen) for one person
* I paid 15,500 YEN for the Nobi Nobi Sazeki only without a JR Japan Rail Pass.
Sunrise Izumo Train layout:
https://www.jr-odekake.net/train/sunriseseto_izumo/seat.html (Japanese only)
Sunrise Izumo route map:
https://www.jr-odekake.net/train/sunriseseto_izumo/section.html (Japanese only)
Credits and Thank You:
Teknoaxe THANK YOU for your amazing music!!
Ross Bugden for ♩♫ Happy and Inspiring Music ♪♬ This song at the end of this episode really inspired me. Thank you!!
Special thank you to the Utsunomiya and Sugihara families!
Thank you to the Yonago Tourist Office for their help driving me around.
This show has been created and produced by John Daub ジョン・ドーブ. He's been living and working in Japan for over 18 years and regularly reports on TV for Japan's International Channel.