- 1 What is Sunrise Seto？
- 2 How to book Sunrise
- 3 Book at a travel agency
- 4 Check availability by phone
- 5 Summary: Tickets can only be purchased at green counters
- 6 Various Sleeping Plans for Sunrise Seto/Izumo
- 7 Sunrise Seto / Izumo
What is Sunrise Seto？
Sunrise Seto / Izumo, one of the sleeper express trains
This is a sleeper limited express that connects Tokyo-Takamatsu and Tokyo-Izumo, and currently this is the only regular sleeper limited express in Japan!
Although it is a valuable sleeper train nowadays, it is a special vehicle called a sleeper train, so the way to purchase and reserve tickets is different from Shinkansen and express trains.
This time, I will explain specifically how to book Sunrise Seto / Izumo.
How to book Sunrise
Tickets are purchased at a Midori no Madoguchi
Sunrise Seto / Izumo cannot reserve tickets (tickets) by online reservation.
Limited express trains on the Shinkansen and conventional lines can be booked from the reserved seat vending machine at Station or online, but in the case of Sunrise, they will be purchased at a Midori no madoguchi in principle.
If you want to buy tickets, you have to go to the counter of the station, tell the boarding date and time and the boarding section, and buy the ticket.
Train reservations can be made one month prior to the boarding date, but Sunrise tickets are so popular.
If you’re traveling to Sunrise, make an appointment as soon as you’ve decided on a business trip or trip.
Please note that Sunrise is a train that goes to your destination over the date, so pay attention to the date when purchasing your ticket.
For example, if you want to travel from Tokyo to Izumo on Sunrise on January 10, you need to purchase a Sunrise ticket on January 9 the day before.
Even if you change your schedule after purchasing a ticket, you can get a refund up to two days before the train departure for a fee of 330 yen.
Book at a travel agency
Sunrise Seto / Izumo is sold as a tour product at some travel agencies (Kinki Nippon Tourist).
In principle, Sunrise tickets cannot be booked online, but you can only book online if you apply for a tour with a travel agent
Tours must be booked at least one month early, but all travel arrangements are made by the travel agent, eliminating the hassle of purchasing tickets.
Check availability by phone
If you don’t have time to go to Midori no madoguchi, you can also call them for availability.
Contact information is as follows.
JR East Telephone Center
・ Phone number: 050-2016-1600
・ Business hours: 6:00 to 24:00
JR West Customer Center
・ Phone number: 0570-00-2486
・ Business hours: 6: 00-23: 00
Summary: Tickets can only be purchased at green counters
Sunrise reservations can only be booked in two ways, either by purchasing a ticket at a Midori no Madoguchi or by applying for a tour with a travel agent.
If you want to specify the boarding date, section, type of sleeper, etc. in detail, purchase at the Green window.
If you want to use it for multiple people and want to ride the sunrise for the time being, we recommend using the sunrise tour at “Kinki Nippon Tourist“!
※From JR Odekake Net
Various Sleeping Plans for Sunrise Seto/Izumo
Single Private Room
The most common standard private room type on the Sunrise Express is the single B sleeper.
All private rooms are two stories high, with enough space for wiping off shoes and putting down luggage for a sleeper cabin!
They are equipped with FM radio, clock, power outlet, yukata (Japanese bathrobe), bedding, pillow, slippers, and so on.
There are no towels, so don’t forget them!
*Although it is not possible to arrange for package tours, we also have the A Sleeper Single Deluxe, which is just like a business hotel.
Sunrise Twin Private Room
The price is the same as the single twin, and the B sleeper Sunrise Twin is recommended for female travelers and parents traveling with their children.
Single twin rooms with bunk beds are also available, but these rooms have more space and are recommended.
This is a popular room type with only a few private rooms available, and they go on sale quickly!
The cheapest “Nobi Nobi” seat（Stretch Seats）, which does not charge a private room fee.
There is a partition at the head area and carpeted floor. You may feel like you are on a school trip.
There is a curtain on the aisle side. The partition is for the head only and there is no curtain partition.
Cars 3 and 10 have lounges, where people gather when the sun rises.
Sunrise Seto / Izumo