Sunrise Izumo Night Train
We catch the Sunrise Izumo night train. It’s a very popular train that leaves Tokyo at 10 pm and arrives at Izumo at 10 am the following day.
We departed for the start of our journey using the Japan Rail Passes. We took the over night train “Sunrise Izumo” to go to Shimane prefecture.
The carriages were to be separated at Okayama station, the first half carriages go to Shimane prefecture (Sunrise Izumo) and Second half go to Takamatsu, Kagawa prefecture (Sunrise Seto). We took the Sunrise Izumo one.
You can choose from several types of carriages. One is a private room type with bed, one is upper version of it and one is a relaxing seat. The last one you don’t need to pay any extra and can use an ordinary ticket along with a reserved seat ticket.
You can lie down at the relaxing seat however there’s no mattress. You have sleeping space but It’s like sleeping on the carpet. Blankets and sheets are provided though.
For the budget minded the relaxing seat is good option. If you prefer more luxury then go for the upper version which involves extra cost.
We took the basic relaxing seat option. Its recommended to take sleeping bags which will make it more comfortable.
Although both of us slept quite well even without sleeping bags.