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A 2000 series DMU on a Nanpū service in November 1990
Service typeLimited express
First service1950 (Semi express)
1972 (Limited express)
Current operator(s)JR Shikoku
Line(s) usedSeto-Ōhashi Line, Yosan Line, Dosan Line
Rolling stock2700 series DMUs
Operating speed120 km/h (75 mph)

The Nanpū (南風, English: "south wind") is a limited express train service in Japan operated by Shikoku Railway Company (JR Shikoku), which runs from Okayama to Kōchi. Trains are formed of 3-car or 2+3 car sets of 2700 series DMUs, and sometimes are coupled with Shimanto services between Tatotsu or Utazu and Kochi.[1][2]


The main stations served by this service are as follows. Okayama - Tadotsu - Awa-Ikeda - Kōchi

Rolling stock

Past rolling stock


Nanpū services began as a semi express from the former Takamatsu Sanbashi Station to Kubokawa in Shikoku from 1 October 1950. From 1 October 1968, however, the name was used for express trains operating in Kyushu between Beppu and Nishi-Kagoshima. From 15 March 1972, the name returned to Shikoku, for limited express trains operating between Takamatsu and Nakamura.[3] New 2700 series trains started operation in 2019, and completely replaced all older 2000 series DMUs by March 2021.[2]


  1. ^ JR新幹線&特急列車ファイル (JR Shinkansen & Limited Express Train File). Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. 2008. p. 100. ISBN 978-4-330-00608-6.
  2. ^ a b "列車編成のご案内 (Train formation guide)" (PDF). JR Shikoku. 2021-03-13.
  3. ^ 列車名鑑1995 (Train Name Directory 1995). Japan: Railway Journal. August 1995.
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