Sanyo Shinkansen's Information

General Information of Sanyo Shinkansen

Sanyo Shinkansen is a high-speed rail line between Shin-Osaka and Hakata (553.7 km), via 17 stations such as Shin-Kobe, Okayama, Hiroshima and Kokura. The fastest train travels between Shin-Osaka and Hakata for 2 hours 22 minutes. 262 trains on average of 2014′s April – June run a day. There are five kinds of trains running; the super express servicing Nozomi and Mizuho, express Hikari (including Rail Star Hikari) and Sakura, and local Kodama. Nozomi and some Hikari go through to Tokaido Shinkansen beyond Shin-Osaka, and Mizuho and Sakura go through to Kyushu Shinkansen beyond Hakata.

Trains and Stations on Sanyo Shinkansen

  • rough standardtime
    from Shin-Osaka (min)
    Mizuho
    Nozomi
    Sakura
    Hikari
    Kodama
  • Shin-Osaka
    0
    13
    13
    13
    13
    13
  • Shin-Kobe
    13
    16
    16
    16
    9
    9
  • Nishi-Akashi
    23
    11
    11
  • Himeji
    30
    20
    20
    20
    8
    8
  • Aioi
    38*
    17
    17
  • Okayama
    45
    35
    15
    15
    10
    10
  • Shin-Kurashiki
    55*
    13
    13
  • Fukuyama
    1h02
    23
    23
    8
    8
  • Shin-Onomichi
    1h10*
    6
    6
  • Mihara
    1h21*
    12
    12
  • Hiagshi-Hiroshima
    1h40*
    12
    12
  • Hiroshima
    1h22
    45
    21
    21
    14
    14
  • Shin-Iwakuni
    1h36*
    13
    13
  • Tokuyama
    1h43
    14
    14
    14
    14
  • Shin-Yamaguchi
    1h53
    18
    15
    15
    10
  • Asa
    2h03*
    10
  • Shin-Shimonoseki
    2h07*
    9
    9
    9
  • Kokura
    2h13
    16
    16
    16
    16
    16
  • Hakata
    2h29

The figure above shows Stations and stopping trains on Sanyo Shinkansen. In the station name's box, marked of "" means most trains stop there and "" means most trains pass. Figures between stations are required times to travel between those stations. "*" in the rough standardtime box means need to change trains on the way, and figures don't include transferring time.

Sanyo Shinkansen has 111 Nozomi trains a day. All of them travel through to Tokaido Shinkansen. Every train stops at Shin-Osaka, Shin-Kobe, Okayama, Hiroshima, Kokura and Hakata. The most trains additionally stop at Himeji, Fukuyama, Tokuyama or Shin-Yamaguchi. More than 60% of Nozomi travels between Tokyo and Hakata, a little under 30% between Tokyo and Hiroshima, and the other under 10% between Tokyo and Okayama. Unique Nozomi trains run from Nishi-Akashi to Tokyo and between Nagoya and Hakata.

12 Mizuho trains go through to Kyushu Shinkansen a day, traveling between Shin-Osaka and Kagoshima-Chuo. All of them stop at Shin-Osaka, Shin-Kobe, Okayama, Hiroshima, Kokura and Hakata, and some stops at Himeji on Sanyo Shinkansen.

Hikari trains run as 31 services on Sanyo Shinkansen a day, including Hikari Rail Star. The most of them go through to Tokaido Shinkansen. As is often the case with Sanyo Shinkansen’s Hikari, they provide local stop service such as stopping all stations between Shin-Osaka and Okayama, or Okayama and Hiroshima. Especially most Hikari trains directly traveling to Tokaido Shinkansen stop all stations between Shin-Osaka and Okayama.

Most Hikari stop at Shin-Osaka, Shin-Kobe, Okayama, Hiroshima, Kokura, Hakata, and the stations of Nishi-Akashi, Himeji and Fukuyama. Nearly half of Hikari additionally stop at Mihara, Higashi-Hiroshima, Tokuyama, Shin-Yamaguchi and Shin-Shimonoseki. Around 20% of Hikari stops at Shin-Kurashiki and Shin-Onomichi. At Asa, no Hikari stopping is available.

Sakura has 37 services a day, travelling through to Kyushu Shinkansen. Along with the stations of Shin-Osaka, Shin-Kobe, Okayama, Hiroshima, Kokura and Hakata, most Sakura stop at Fukuyama. More than half of Sakura stop at Himeji and Shin-Yamaguchi. In principle, they stop at one of Himeji or Shin-Yamaguchi, and more one station of Tokuyama or Shin-Shimonoseki.

69 Kodama services are available a day on Sanyo Shinkansen. Kodama train stops all stations during the travel. Slightly over 20% of the Kodama travels between Shin-Osaka and Hakata. Over 20% between Okayama and Hakata likewise. Over 10% runs between Kokura and Hakata. Various unique Kodama services are available between Shin-Osaka and Okayama / Fukuyama / Mihara / Hiroshima / Shin-Iwakuni, Aioi / Fukuyama / Shin-Yamaguchi / Shin-Shimonoseki and Hakata, Okayama and Hiroshima / Shin-Yamaguchi, Shin-Yamaguchi and Kokura.