The Kitakinki (北近畿) was a limited express train service operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) in Japan from 1986 until March 2011, which ran from Shin-Osaka to Kinosaki Onsen in Hyōgo Prefecture.[1]

183 series EMU on a Kitakinki service, September 2007
Service typeLimited express
First service1986
Last service2011
Current operator(s)JR West
Line(s) usedTokaido Main Line, Fukuchiyama Line, Sanin Main Line
Rolling stock183 series EMU
Operating speed120 km/h (75 mph)[1] (max.)

Service pattern and station stops

As of January 2011, 11 down services (Kitakinki 1–21) from Shin-Osaka and 10 up services (Kitakinki 2–26) to Shin-Osaka ran daily, with the journey time from Shin-Osaka to Kinosaki Onsen taking approximately 2 hours 45 minutes.[2]

Kitakinki services stopped at the following stations. (Stations in parentheses were not served by all trains.)[2]

Shin-Osaka - Amagasaki - Takarazuka - Sanda - (Shin-Sanda) - (Aino) - Sasayamaguchi - (Tanikawa) - Kaibara - Isō - (Kuroi) - Fukuchiyama - (Wadayama) - (Yōka) - (Ebara) - (Toyooka) - (Kinosaki Onsen)


The Kitakinki service was introduced on 1 November 1986.[1] The new services used 4- and 6-car DC 183-800 series electric multiple units converted from former dual-voltage (AC/DC) 485 series EMUs. These received a thin crimson line below the window band to signify the improved passenger accommodation.[3]

Services used 4- or 7-car 183 series formations.[1]

From 18 March 2007, all cars were made non-smoking.[4]

From 12 March 2011, Kitakinki services were renamed Kounotori, coinciding with the introduction of new 287 series EMUs.[5]


  1. JR新幹線&特急列車ファイル [JR Shinkansen & Limited Express Train File]. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. 2008. p. 42. ISBN 978-4-330-00608-6.
  2. JR Timetable, February 2011 issue
  3. 列車名鑑1995 [Train Name Directory 1995]. Japan: Railway Journal. August 1995. p. 67. ISBN 978-4-330-00608-6.
  4. JR電車編成表 2010夏 [JR EMU Formations - Summer 2010]. Japan: JRR. May 2010. p. 183. ISBN 978-4-330-14310-1.
  5. "JR西日本 287系デビュー時に特急「北近畿」を「こうのとり」に改呼" [JR West to rename "Kitakinki" as "Kōnotori" with debut of 287 series]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō Magazine. Vol. 39 no. 320. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. December 2010. p. 73.
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