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EF66 55 asakaze No.1.jpg
Asakaze service hauled by an EF66 in 1988
Service type Limited express
First service 1956
Last service 2005
Current operator(s) JR West
Line(s) used Tokaido Main Line, Sanyo Main Line
Rolling stock 24 + 14 series sleeper coaches
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC

The Asakaze (あさかぜ) was a limited express sleeper train service operated by Japanese National Railways (JNR) and later by West Japan Railway Company (JR West), which ran from Tokyo to Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.

The Asakaze was discontinued from the start of the revised timetable on 1 March 2005.

Rolling stock

The train was formed of 14 and 24 series sleeping cars hauled by an EF66 electric locomotive between Tokyo and Shimonoseki.[1]


The Asakaze service commenced on 19 November 1956, operating between Tokyo and Hakata. In October 1970, Tokyo to Shimonoseki Asakaze services were also introduced, and the Tokyo to Hakata services were discontinued in December 1994.[2]

The remaining Asakaze services were discontinued in 2005, with the final runs occurring on 28 February.

See also


  1. ^ "こだわりの新幹線&特急列車ガイド" (In-depth Shinkansen & Limited Express Guide), published 2000 by Ikaros
  2. ^ "列車名鑑1995" (Train Name Survey 1995), published 1995 by Railway Journal
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