The Super Hakuto Limited Express is a service that runs between Kyoto Station with Tottori Station and Kurayoshi Station in Tottori Prefecture. In Osaka it stops at Shin-Osaka Station and Osaka Station.
This limited express service is jointly run by JR West and the Chizu Express Company because for part of its route the Super Hakuto runs along the semi-public Chizukyuko Line. For this reason the Super Hakuto is not fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass, and a supplementary fee will have to be paid for the Chizukyuko section of your journey. At the time of writing the supplementary fees for this section are as follows:
Non-reserved seats: 1,750 yen
Reserved seats: 1,850 yen
Green Car seats (1st class): 2,380 yen
Trains leave from Platforms 6 and 7 in Kyoto Station, Platforms 17 and 18 in Shin-Osaka Station, and Platform 3 in Osaka Station.
You are most likely to take the Super Hakuto to travel to Tottori Prefecture as it is the fastest train to travel there from stations in Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe. The journey time from Kyoto Station to Tottori Station is around 3 hours. From Osaka Station it takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes, and from Sannomiya Station in Kobe around 2 hours and 15 minutes. Train times vary according to the number of the train.
The Super Hakuto stops at the following stations en route:
Kyoto – Shin-Osaka – Osaka – Sannomiya – Akashi – Himeji – Kamigōri – Sayo – Ōhara – Chizu – Kōge – Tottori – Kurayoshi
Of these you are most likely to visit the following locations. Train fares and times are given from Osaka Station.
Among Tottori city’s many attractions are its castle ruins, the Jinpukaku – a French style mansion, Tottori Hot Spring, and Hakuto Beach. The city is most famous for its ancient sand dunes however, which cover a huge area on the coast and feature camel rides and a sand museum.
Train fare: 7,550 yen
Train time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Kurayoshi city is known for the traditional buildings of the Shirakabe Dozogun area. These kura, or warehouses, date from the Edo and Meiji periods, and are famous for their white plaster walls with burnt black cedar paneling and red tiled roofs. Many of these buildings have been renovated and converted into craft shops, galleries and cafes.
Train fare: 7,230 yen
Train time: 3 hours
Exploring Tottori Prefecture
Both Tottori and Kurayoshi stations are good jumping off points for exploring the rest of Tottori Prefecture. Here are some other destinations you might like to visit.
Mount Daisen, is a popular hiking destination 30 minute’s drive from Yonago city. From either Tottori Station or Kurayoshi Station you can take the Sanin Line to Yonago Station, and from there take a bus or taxi. Check the Daisen Guide site for access details.
Sakaiminato is the home town of famed manga artist Shigeru Mizuki. The town has both a Shigeru Mizuki Museum and a Mizuki Shigeru Road, which features 153 statues of his most famous characters. Take the Sanin Line to Yonago Station and then transfer to the Sakai Line for Sakaiminato Station.
Misasa Onsen is famous for the therapeutic benefits of its mineral-rich hot spring baths. From the south exit of Kurayoshi Station take a number 3 bus to Misasa. The journey takes 25 minutes and costs 470 yen.
Seven Super Hakuto trains run daily from Kyoto, however Limited Express numbers #9 and 13 both stop at Tottori and do not continue to Kurayoshi. Times are given below for stations in Kyoto and Osaka. To find departure times from other stations en route use the JR West Timetable and Fare Finder.
|Train||Kyoto Station||Shin-Osaka Station||Osaka Station||Destination|
|Super Hakuto #1||7.06||7.30||7.36||Kurayoshi|
|Super Hakuto #3||8.50||9.15||9.25||Kurayoshi|
|Super Hakuto #5||10.54||11.18||11.24||Kurayoshi|
|Super Hakuto #7||12.52||13.16||13.24||Kurayoshi|
|Super Hakuto #9||14.52||15.16||15.24||Tottori|
|Super Hakuto #11||16.56||17.19||17.26||Kurayoshi|
|Super Hakuto #13||19.35||20.00||20.06||Tottori|
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.