Odoriko

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Odoriko
Series-E257-NA11 Odoriko.jpg
E257-2000 series Odoriko, August 2021
Overview
Service type Limited express
Locale Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture, and Shizuoka Prefecture
First service1 October 1981 (Odoriko)
28 April 1990 (Super View Odoriko)
14 March 2020 (Saphir Odoriko)
Last service13 March 2020 (Super View Odoriko)
12 March 2021 (185 series) [1]
Current operator(s) East Japan Railway Company (JR East)
Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central)
Izukyu Corporation
Izuhakone Railway
Former operator(s) JNR
Route
Start Tokyo or Ikebukuro
End Izukyu-Shimoda or Shuzenji
Line(s) used Tōkaidō Main Line, Itō Line, Izu Kyūkō Line, Sunzu Line
On-board services
Class(es) Standard + Green
Technical
Rolling stock E257-2000 series EMU (Odoriko)
E261 series EMU (Saphir Odoriko)
185 series EMU (Odoriko) isn't going to run as Odoriko on spring 2021 [2]
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead
Operating speed110 km/h (70 mph) (Odoriko) 120 km/h (75 mph) (Saphir Odoriko)

Odoriko (Japanese : 踊り子) is a limited express train service in Japan operated by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East), Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central), Izukyu Corporation, and Izuhakone Railway, which runs between Tokyo and Izukyū-Shimoda or Shuzenji in Shizuoka Prefecture.

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Summary

The Odoriko started service from October 1981, with the then-new 185 series rolling stock, replacing the earlier Amagi limited express (ran by 183 series) and the Izu express (ran by 153 series). After that, the Super View Odoriko also operated from April 1990 to 13 March 2020, with the 251 series rolling stock. On 14 March 2020, Saphir Odoriko started service using E261 series EMUs.

Regular services

Odoriko

3 services operate back and forth every day between Tokyo and Izukyu-Shimoda. 2 of which are coupled with services that go to Shuzenji (decoupled at Atami). Vending services are available between Tokyo and Ito, but aren't available aboard temporary services. Aside from that, there are temporary services originating from Shinjuku or Ikebukuro. Also, with the Ueno-Tokyo Line opening in March 2015, there are temporary services originating at Abiko, via the Joban Line; [3] and also at Omiya, via the Ueno-Tokyo Line. [4]

Stations served

Tokyo ー Izukyu-Shimoda:
TokyoShinagawaKawasakiYokohamaOfunaOdawaraYugawaraAtamiAjiroItoIzu-KogenIzu-AtagawaIzu-InatoriKawazuIzukyu-Shimoda
Atami ー Shuzenji:
(Coupled, and continue on towards Tokyo) ー Atami ー MishimaMishima-TamachiDaibaIzu-NagaokaOhitoShuzenji
Temporary services
Ikebukuro ー Yokohama:
IkebukuroShinjukuMusashi-Kosugi ー Yokohama ー (Continue on towards Izukyu-Shimoda)
Abiko ー Tokyo:
AbikoKashiwaMatsudoKita-SenjuUeno ー Tokyo ー (Continue on towards Izukyu-Shimoda)
Omiya ー Tokyo:
OmiyaUrawaAkabane ー Ueno ー Tokyo ー (Continue on towards Izukyu-Shimoda)
JR East 185 series Odoriko service on the Tokaido Main Line Series185-OM08 Tokaido-Line.jpg
JR East 185 series Odoriko service on the Tōkaidō Main Line

Formation

Services are operated by 5, 7, 5+7, 10 and 10+5-car 185 series EMUs. The 15 car formation makes the Odoriko the longest Limited Express train running in Japan (excluding shinkansen trains). [5] They are formed as follows, with car 1 at the Izukyū-Shimoda/Shuzenji end.

185 series (7+5 cars)
Car No.12345671112131415
AccommodationReservedReservedReservedGreenReservedNon-reservedNon-reservedNon-reservedNon-reservedReservedReservedReserved
SetBasic setAdditional set
185 series (10+5 cars)
Car No.123456789101112131415
AccommodationReservedReservedReservedGreenGreenReservedReservedReservedNon-reservedNon-reservedNon-reservedNon-reservedReservedReservedReserved
SetBasic setAdditional set

Saphir Odoriko

E261 series train set on the Izu Kyuko Line JRE-Series-E261 RS2.jpg
E261 series train set on the Izu Kyūkō Line

The Saphir Odoriko (Japanese: サフィール踊り子) commenced operations on 14 March 2020 to replace the Super View Odoriko as an ultra-deluxe version of the regular Odoriko. One Saphir Odoriko service runs to and from Tokyo station daily. During the peak travel season, an additional service runs from Tokyo during weekdays, and runs from Shinjuku during weekends. [6]

Stations served

Tokyo - Izukyu-Shimoda

Tokyo - Shinagawa - Yokohama - Atami - Ito - Izu-Kogen - Izu-Atagawa -Izu-Inatori - Kawazu - Izukyu-Shimoda

Shinjuku > Izukyu-Shimoda (seasonal service)

Shinjuku - Shibuya - Musashi-Kosugi - Yokohama - Atami - Ito - Izu-Kogen - Izu-Atagawa - Izu-Inatori - Kawazu - Izukyu-Shimoda

Formation

Trains are operated by E261 series trainsets. The trains feature all Green Cars, with Car 1 designated as a 'Premium Green Car' with 2 large reclining seats per row. [7]

The Saphir Odoriko does not operate from Ikebukuro, Omiya or Abiko as the former Super View Odoriko used to. These services were consolidated with the regular Odoriko services. [8] [9]

Temporary services

Izu Kyuko 2100 series EMU on a Resort Odoriko service at Yokohama Station Izukyu 2100-Resort-Odoriko.JPG
Izu Kyuko 2100 series EMU on a Resort Odoriko service at Yokohama Station

Resort Odoriko

The Resort Odoriko(Japanese: リゾート踊り子) is a temporary service, which operates between Tokyo and Izukyū-Shimoda. The service normally consists of one outbound journey to Izukyu-Shimoda at special holidays only. [5]

Stations served

Tokyo ー Izukyu-Shimoda:
TokyoYokohamaOfunaOdawaraYugawaraAtamiAjiroItoIzu-KogenIzu-AtagawaIzu-InatoriKawazuIzukyu-Shimoda

Formation

Resort Odoriko services operate using Izukyū 2100 series "Resort 21" 8-car EMUs, formed as shown below, where car 1 at the Izukyū-Shimoda end, and car 8 at the Tokyo end.

Izukyu 2100 series "Resort 21" (8 cars)
Car No.12345678
AccommodationReserved, Observation deckReservedReservedReservedGreenReservedReservedReserved, Observation deck

Former services

Super View Odoriko

The Super View Odoriko(Japanese: スーパービュー踊り子) was the first deluxe version of the Odoriko operated from 28 April 1990 to 13 March 2020. [10] [9] It used 251 series 10-car EMUs and runs between Tokyo or Ikebukuro and Izukyū-Shimoda. [5] The service was originally scheduled to commence from the start of the revised timetable on 10 March 1990, but rolling stock delivery delays meant that services were substituted by regular Odoriko services using 185 series EMUs. [10]

On weekdays, one train operated from Shinjuku to Izukyu-Shimoda, 2 trains operated back and forth between Tokyo and Izukyu-Shimoda, and one train operated from Izukyu-Shimoda to Ikebukuro each day.

On weekends, the Shinjuku-originating train changed originating station to Ikebukuro. Aside from that, services from Shinjuku to Izukyu-Shimoda and from Izukyu-Shimoda to Tokyo operated once a day. Moreover, during busy seasons, there were numerous extra services, with one extended service between Omiya and Izukyu-Shimoda, which ran along the Shonan-Shinjuku Line from Omiya to Yokohama; 2 trains from Tokyo to Izukyu-Shimoda, with only 1 returning to Tokyo; and one train from Izukyu-Shimoda to Shinjuku.

Stations served

Stations in brackets meant that some services made stop there.

Tokyo ー Izukyu-Shimoda:
Tokyo ー (Shinagawa) ー Yokohama ー (Odawara) ー (Yugawara) ー Atami ー (Ajiro) ー ItoIzu-KogenIzu-AtagawaIzu-InatoriKawazuIzukyu-Shimoda
  • Only Super View Odoriko No. 5 and No. 8 stopped at Shinagawa.
  • Only Super View Odoriko No. 2 and No. 11 stopped at Odawara, Yugawara and Ajiro.
Ikebukuro ー Yokohama:
IkebukuroShinjukuMusashi-Kosugi ー Yokohama ー (Continue on towards Izukyu-Shimoda)
Temporary services
Omiya ー Ikebukuro:
OmiyaUrawaAkabane ー Ikebukuro ー (Continue on towards Izukyu-Shimoda)
JR East 251 series EMU on a Super View Odoriko service between Totsuka and Ofuna stations Series251.jpg
JR East 251 series EMU on a Super View Odoriko service between Totsuka and Ofuna stations

Formation

Super View Odoriko trains were operated with 251 series trains, with cars 1, 2 and 10 being double decker cars. Trains were formed as follows, with car 1 at the Izukyū-Shimoda end, and car 10 at the Tokyo and Shinjuku end.

251 series (10 cars)
Car No.12345678910
NumberingKuRo 250SaRo 251MoHa 250MoHa 251-100MoHa 250-100MoHa 251MoHa 250MoHa 251SaHa 251KuHa 251
AccommodationGreen, Observation deckGreenReservedReserved ReservedReservedReservedReservedReservedReserved, Observation deck
Green Car exclusive loungeCompartmentsChildren's play area

Marine Express Odoriko

From 1 December 2012, seasonal Marine Express Odoriko(Japanese: マリンエクスプレス踊り子) services were introduced, running between Tokyo and Izukyū-Shimoda. The service normally consisted of one return journey at weekends only. [11] JR East announced that from the start of the revised timetable on 14 March 2020, Marine Express Odoriko services would be discontinued as they were surplus to requirements. [12]

A JR East E259 series 6-car EMU on a special Marine Express Odoriko limited express service, passing Shin-koyasu Station on the Keihin-Tohoku Line JR East E259 Series "Marine Express Odoriko".jpg
A JR East E259 series 6-car EMU on a special Marine Express Odoriko limited express service, passing Shin-koyasu Station on the Keihin-Tohoku Line

Stations served

Tokyo ー Izukyu-Shimoda:
Tokyo (Tokaido Line Platform) ー YokohamaAtamiItoIzu-KogenIzu-AtagawaIzu-InatoriKawazuIzukyu-Shimoda

Formation

Marine Express Odoriko services operated using E259 series 6-car EMUs normally used on Narita Express services. The formation is shown below, where car 1 at the Izukyū-Shimoda end, and car 6 at the Tokyo end.

E259 series (6 cars)
Car No.123456
AccommodationReservedReservedReservedReservedReservedGreen

History

The limited express service was inaugurated on 1 October 1981 following the introduction of the then-new 185 series EMUs, replacing the earlier Amagi limited express and Izu express services from Tokyo to Izu. [13]

The Superview Odoriko operated from April 1990 [14] until 13 March 2020. The Saphir Odoriko has been operating since 14 March 2020. [15]

Future development

Since the current rolling stock, the 185 series, is aging, there are plans to replace it.

The 185 series are beginning to be replaced by new E257-2000 series trains that used to operate Azusa and Kaiji limited express services on the Chuo Main Line, and were themselves replaced by E353 series trains. JR East plans to have all 185 series trains operating on the Odoriko service replaced by March 12 2021. [1]

JR East has also announced changes to the reserved seating on Odoriko services coinciding with the full retirement of 185 series EMUs from the service. Trains will now use LED seat reservation status indicators, rather than having dedicated non-reserved seat cars. This is the same system used by limited express services on the Chūō Line and Jōban Line. There will be two types of such supplementary tickets in the new system, namely the Reserved Seat Ticket (Japanese: 座席指定券, Japanese pronunciation:  [Zaseki shitei ken]), and the Unreserved Seat Ticket (Japanese: 座席未指定券, Japanese pronunciation:  [Zaseki mishitei ken]). The Unreserved Seat Ticket will replace Non-reserved Seat tickets (Japanese: 自由席券, Japanese pronunciation:  [Jiyūseki ken]), which currently allow use of non-reserved cars. [16]

The Reserved Seat Ticket enables a specified seat to be reserved for the holder. The reserved status for the seat is signified by a green overhead lamp on top of the corresponding seat.

The Unreserved Seat Ticket enables the holder to be seated on any unreserved seat. A red overhead lamp signifies that the seat is unreserved; while a yellow overhead lamp signifies that the seat is reserved for the later part of the journey, implying that one has to give up their seat to the passenger who has reserved the seat, when they board the train later.

Additionally, Tōkaidō Shinkansen passengers currently receive a discount if they transfer to an Odoriko service. This will be discontinued in March 2021.

Namesake

The word odoriko means dancing girl in Japanese. The train service was named after the title of novel Izu no Odoriko (The Dancing Girl of Izu) by Yasunari Kawabata. The stage of the novel is the destination of the train, Izu Peninsula.

There are numerous services operating between Tokyo and the Izu Peninsula, which had all been discontinued and became the Odoriko limited express today.

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