Train: Limited Express Marine Express Odoriko 76 (East Japan Railway)
Route: Atami to Tokyo
Time: 17:57- 19:20
Duration: 1h23min (105km)
Seat& Class: Coach 5, Seat 11D (Ordinary Reserved Car)
The limited Express ‘Marine Express Odoriko’ is the all-reserved train. Its name ‘Odoriko’ comes from the literature ‘Izu no Odoriko (The Dancing Girl of Izu)’ by Yasunari Kawabata, who received the Novel Literature Prize in the mid-twentieth century. As the name suggests, this train connects the Tokyo Metropolitan area and the Izu Peninsula region.
There are several railway trains which connect these two areas. The most famous ones are ‘Super View Odoriko‘ and ‘Odoriko (normal)’, while ‘Marine Express Odoriko’ is a seasonal service. These different limited express trains run every 30 to 60 minutes, approximately, and you can search for fares and timetables here. By the way, you are able to have a great front (or reverse) view when aboard the very front of the Super View Odoriko’s Green Car (although the front seat is extremely difficult to book…).
The destinations in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area with these limited express trains are Tokyo and Yokohama, mainly. A few trains, however, stop at Omiya, Shinjuku, Shinagawa stations and so on. When you just want to reach Tokyo, Shinagawa or Shin-Yokohama Railway Station from Odawara or Atami Railway Station as I did, you have another choice of the Shinkansen. This faster means should be a better choice if you are in a hurry (Odawara and Atami are on the way to the Izu Peninsula from Tokyo).
There is a space for storing your suitcases at the end of each car, and it is possible to lock them to avoid mix-up or theft. Should you forget your confidential number, however, you have to continue riding on to the train’s final destination and wait for the station staff to unlock the key. So please be careful… Well, I rarely see someone who uses this locking system (everybody just drops them).
As some of you may notice, the trains used for ‘Marine Express Odoriko’ is the same as the ‘Narita Express’, which connects the Tokyo Metropolitan area and Tokyo/ Narita International Airport. This is why the logo of N’EX (Narita Express) is painted on the train. Is the only difference the additional mark of the anchor for trains and crews…?
N’EX is one of the most comfortable limited express trains by JR East, which means that your journey between Tokyo and the Izu Peninsula should be cosy. As far as ‘Marine Express Odoriko’ or the same type of ‘Narita Express’, even the Ordinary Reserved Car is obviously comfortable, let alone the Green Car.