JOYFUL TRAINS

Oykot

Service interval:
The Shinano Railway Kita-Shinano Line and the Iiyama Line: Nagano to Tokamachi Stations

  • Oykot
  • Oykot

Along the Iiyama Line flows the Chikuma-gawa River (Shinano-gawa River), and along the river lie village woods, fields and country homes.

This train was created around this concept of rustic Japan and bringing people to home villages, where the true heart of the Japanese people resides. Gazing at the rice paddies fading into the distance, passengers feel a sense of calm and healing. To help bring home the image of the home village, with its scenic rice paddies, rivers and mountains, this train was named Oykot, which is "Tokyo" spelled backwards. In Japanese, the name is written in hiragana as "Oikotto" (おいこっと).

Oykot pamphlet [PDF/2.8MB]

*Online seat reservation will be available from Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 beginning at 5:30AM (JST) Online booking makes it easy! JR-EAST Train Reservation

Go inside with Google Street View

Go inside with Google Street View

Car interior

The relaxing interior is designed in the style of an old-style rural home to bring back childhood memories of visiting grandma during summer vacation.

the relaxing interior

The train has Oykot Attendants available to make sightseeing announcements, provide information, take commemorative photos and sell goods.

Note: There is generally one crew member per train.

Oykot Attendants

Those who join us on this Iiyama Line sightseeing train will receive a mini-pack of pickled nozawana. In the Shinshu area, eating pickles in ochazuke (rice with tea) is a custom, and passengers will hopefully have that feeling of returning to grandma's house in the countryside.

When the train is stopped at Iiyama Station, local goods are made available for sale, and locals may also have treats on board (during the outbound trip only).

Note: Different foods are offered in January and February.

a mini-pack of pickled nozawana

Notes:

  • If there is no attendant on duty, on-board sales are not available.
  • Refreshments are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Car layout

  • Iiyama
  • Nagano
  • Car no.2 38 passengers (Chikuma-gawa River side)
  • Car no.1 38 passengers (Chikuma-gawa River side)
  • Car no.2 38 passengers (Chikuma-gawa River side)
  • Car no.1 38 passengers (Chikuma-gawa River side)

Regular stops

Regular stops

Timetables

Route & Timetables

Oykot

Stops Outbound Inbound
Nagano 9:15 (dep.) 18:07 (arr.)
Kaesa 9:39 (arr.)
9:40 (dep.)
17:38 (dep.)
17:37 (arr.)
Iiyama 9:54 (arr.)
10:10 (dep.)
17:23 (dep.)
17:03 (arr.)
Kita-Iiyama 10:12 (arr.)
10:13 (dep.)
17:00 (dep.)
16:59 (arr.)
Togarinozawa-Onsen 10:23 (arr.)
10:24 (dep.)
16:51 (dep.)
16:49 (arr.)
Morimiyanohara 10:59 (arr.)
11:14 (dep.)
16:08 (dep.)
15:49 (arr.)
Tsunan 11:26 (arr.)
11:27 (dep.)
15:37 (dep.)
15:36 (arr.)
Tōkamachi 11:50 (arr.) 15:12 (dep.)
Stops Outbound Inbound
* The times and stops listed above may be subject to change.
* A basic fare ticket and a reserved seat ticket are required for the Oykot
* Reserved seats are available from 10:00 one month before the departure date.

Calendar

Green circle Brown circle Days marked with colored circles indicate the days this train service is in operation.

Green circle Oykot (2-car configuration) Brown circle Oykot (1-car configuration)

August 2019
Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
        1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

This train service is in operation on the following days in August 2019.

3rd, 4th, 10th to 12th, 17th, 18th, 31st

September 2019
Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30          

This train service is in operation on the following days in September 2019.

1st, 7th, 8th, 14th to 16th, 21st to 23rd

October 2019
Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31    

This train service is in operation on the following days in October 2019.

12th to 14th, 19th, 20th

November 2019
Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
          1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

This train service is in operation on the following days in November 2019.

2nd to 4th, 9th, 10th, 23rd, 24th, 30th

December 2019
Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31        

This train service is in operation on the following days in December 2019.

1st, 7th, 8th

January 2020
Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
      1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31  

This train service is in operation on the following days in January 2020.

Not in operation.

February 2020
Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
            1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29

This train service is in operation on the following days in February 2020.

Not in operation.

March 2020
Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31        

This train service is in operation on the following days in March 2020.

20th to 22nd, 28th, 29th

  • * Service dates may be subject to change.
  • * Service dates of the 2-car and 1-car configurations may be subject to change.
  • * Oykot services (between Nagano and Tōkamachi) in 2019 will continue until December. Services in 2020 will resume from March.

How to purchase

Tickets for the Oykot are not available for sale outside of Japan. There are multiple ways to purchase tickets as follows.

Passes:
Purchase a pass that is for foreign visitors to Japan and covers the travel area. Recommended passes when visiting Japan
Tickets:
Available for sale at JR EAST Travel Service Centers and your local JR Ticket Office (Midori-no-madoguchi).

Note: Not all services are available on certain trains when boarding with a pass or a ticket.

Online seat reservation

*Online seat reservation will be available from Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 beginning at 5:30AM (JST)

Online booking makes it easy! JR-EAST Train Reservation