Shiokaze (train)

The Shiokaze (しおかぜ, English: "sea breeze") is a limited express train service in Japan operated by JR Shikoku which runs from Okayama to Matsuyama.

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8000 series train on a Shiokaze service in May 2007
Service typeLimited express
First service1972
Current operator(s)JR Shikoku
Line(s) usedSeto-Ōhashi Line, Yosan Line
Rolling stock8000 series EMU, 8600 series EMU
Operating speed130 km/h (81 mph) (max)


The main stations served by this service are as follows.

Okayama - Tadotsu - Imabari - Matsuyama

Rolling stockEdit

2000 series DMU on a Shiokaze service at Tadotsu Station in January 2008
  • 8000 series 5-, or 8-car tilting EMUs (Okayama - Matsuyama services, coupled with Ishizuchi services)
  • 8600 series 5-, 7-, or 8-car tilting EMUs[1]

Past rolling stockEdit

KiHa 181 series DMU on a Shiokaze service in 1985


  • 1972: Shiokaze services start between Takamatsu and Uwajima and between Takamatsu and Matsuyama.
  • 1986: KiHa 185 series DMUs introduced, and Shiokaze becomes L Tokkyū service.
  • November 1990: 2000 series tilting DMUs introduced.
  • July 1992: 8000 series tilting EMUs introduced.
  • 15 March 2008: All cars made no-smoking.
  • 26 March 2016: 8600 series tilting EMUs to be introduced on four daily round-trip services.[1] 2000 series trains will be withdrawn.


  • JR Timetable, August 2008 issue
  • "JR新幹線&特急列車ファイル" (JR Shinkansen & Limited Express Train File), published 2008 by Kōtsū Shimbun

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