Shimakaze” is the nickname for the 50000 series of limited express trains operated by Kinki Nippon Railway Co.
A new sightseeing train has been announced for the 2013 ceremonial relocation of the Ise Jingu shrine. The company conducted a marketing survey for the first time since the Urban Liner, and came up with a new train with the following features
Spacious seating space
Premium seats designed for comfort
A wide variety of passenger cabins to accommodate various travel styles
Facilities and services for a pleasant ride
The “Shimakaze” (Kintetsu 50000 Series), a premium sightseeing limited express train, was created based on the development concept of “a comfortable and comfortable travel experience”.
The name was derived from “the freshness of the wind blowing in Shima and the comfort of time spent in the train.
The investment was 3.7 billion yen for the first and second trains (12 cars) and research and development costs, and 1.45 billion yen for the third train, which was added to the fleet.
This is more extravagant than the 1.17 billion yen invested in the Urban Liner next and the 1.346 billion yen invested in the Tobu Limited Express Spacia.
The investment per car is approximately 286.1 billion yen, which is more expensive than the Series 80000 “Hinotori” (approximately 255.5 billion yen) delivered in FY2019.
The first two trains prepared at the time of opening could only be used for trains to/from Kintetsu Nagoya and Osaka Namba, but with the completion of the third train in 2014, trains to/from Kyoto can now be set up.
Kintetsu’s timetables also give special treatment to this train, and the company’s unique vertical timetable has a dedicated space for Shimakaze.
Take the Shimakaze train from Uji Yamada.
Shimakaze trains connect Ise-Shima with Osaka, Kyoto, and Nagoya, respectively, and this time we will be taking the Shimakaze to Nagoya!
We will now travel to Nagoya, a journey of about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Let’s get going!
Ride in Observation Car 1!
All seats on Shimakaze are “premium seats”.
The seats are super comfortable!
There is a reclining button, of course, as well as electrical outlets and reading lights.
And of course, the view from the windows is just as great!
Matsusaka beef curry at Shimakaze Cafe
There is a cafe car in Car 4!
It’s open to anyone on the Shimakaze train!
When you get to the cafe, the attendant will ask you if you prefer the first floor or the second floor, so choose whichever you prefer!
I heard that the 2nd floor is more popular!
To Nagoya in competition with JR
Shimakaze does not stop at many stations, and if you leave Uji Yamada, it only stops at Ise City and Kintetsu Yokkaichi.
Once out of Yokkaichi, it is nonstop to Nagoya!
The train has arrived at its final stop, Kintetsu Nagoya Station!
The Shimakaze will be sent back to the depot.
If you are going to Ise Jingu Shrine or Shima Peninsula, please use this train!