Ltd. Exp. Nanki

The first hybrid-engine express train in Japan to achieve top speeds. Convenient for accessing the World Heritage Kumano Kodo!

Main route

Nagoya Station – Kii-Katsuura Station

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Route Map
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The Story Behind The Train

Enjoy coastal views from the window of a comfortable train

The Ltd. Exp. Nanki connects Nagoya Station, a stop on the Tokaido Shinkansen, and Kii-Katsuura Station in Wakayama Prefecture. “Nanki” refers to the area stretching from southern Mie Prefecture to Wakayama Prefecture.

The train runs along the Kisei Main Line when it passes Tsu Station in Mie Prefecture after departing from Nagoya Station. After passing through the mountains, you can gaze out the window at the beautiful Kumano Sea coastline and the stunning sight of wave-carved rocks.

The “Nanki” runs on the latest hybrid-engine train, called the HC85-Series.

Travel the World Heritage Site of the Kumano Kodo

This train is convenient for accessing the Kumano Kodo, comprising part of the World Heritage “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range.” Get off the train and go down a route toward the Kumano Sanzan sacred sites, where you’ll be captivated by the historic charms.

Along the train line, you should also keep an eye out for the many beautiful rocky landscapes created by waves.

*A great way to get around is to use the Nanki-Kumano Kodo Free Ticket ( or the Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass (