The limited express service was inaugurated in October 1981 following the introduction of the then-new 185 series EMUs, replacing the earlier Izu express services from Tokyo to Izu.
Services are currently operated by 7-, 10-, and 10+5-car 185 series EMUs, making it the longest Limited Express train running in Japan (excluding shinkansen trains).
The word odoriko means a girl dancer in Japanese. The train service was named after the title of novel Izu no Odoriko (The Dancing Girl of Izu) by Yasunari Kawabata. The stage of the novel is the destination of the train, Izu Peninsula.
The is a deluxe version of the Odoriko introduced in April 1990. It uses 251 series 10-car EMUs and runs between Tokyo or and Izukyū-Shimoda.
The operates between Tokyo and Izukyū-Shimoda using Izukyū 2100 series "Alpha Resort 21" 8-car EMUs. The service normally consists of one return journey at weekends only.