Upgrade your trip with Kyushu sightseeing trains!

In Kyushu, where countless sightseeing spots are located throughout the region, there are many attractive sightseeing trains, including trains that give you the excitement of having reached your destination, and trains where the main purpose of the journey is the ride itself. These sightseeing train experiences will upgrade your trip to Kyushu.

Enjoy the excitement of having reached your destination on board a sightseeing train

Your break starts from the moment your get on board Limited Express Yufuin No MoriHakata Station to Yufuin Station/Beppu Station

The salon space offers amazing views and is free to use. Before arriving at Yufuin Station, a cabin attendant will provide sightseeing information (Yufuin No Mori No. 3/No. 4)

The high windows in this high decker train provide amazing views of the scenery

Jion Falls, which is famous for the two-stage fall, is one of the highlights of the scenery from the train window

The view opens up from this elegant space

The highlight of the Kyushu sightseeing train experience is that you will enjoy the excitement of having reached your destination as soon as you get on board the train, which features the latest carriage design and offers all the services you need. This is best represented by the Limited Express Yufuin No Mori, which connects Hakata Station and Yufuin Station, located in Kyushu’s leading high-class hot spring area. The chic carriages, which use an abundance of wood, have the feeling of a forest resort in the foothills of Mt. Yufudake. Another attraction is the high positioning of the windows, which provide excellent views of the scenery. As the train leaves the city of Fukuoka, the view of the Minou mountains and Jion Falls opens up from the train windows, which builds up more anticipation for Yufuin.

The special hospitality from the cabin attendants such as photo services will be etched into your memories of this trip

Resort-like hospitality

One of the unique services offered is the sightseeing information provided by cabin attendants as the train slows down at viewing points. The cabin attendants act as onboard concierges as they discuss sightseeing spots along the route and assist with commemorative photographs. This elegant trip has a resort-like level of hospitality, including buffets serving gourmet Yufuin meals such as lunch boxes and desserts that use local ingredients.

Limited Express Yufuin No Mori

Days of operation:
Everyday;
Frequency:
One round-trip per day from Hakata Station-Yufuin Station-Beppu Station, *All seats are reserved;
Contact:
www.jrkyushu.co.jp/english/index.jsp

*This information is as of February 12, 2016

Recommended experiences in Yufuin A luxurious stay at the famous “Murata,” which offers unrivalled relaxation

Murata offers a unique outlook that combines spaces, gourmet foods, hot springs, art museums and shops

The picturesque scene of Lake Kinrin, which is about ten minutes by car from Murata, is a symbol of the beauty of Yufuin in each season

After you arrive at Yufuin on the resort-like train, why not enjoy a luxurious stay at the famous Murata lodging? All of the rooms in this facility are detached, and you will experience a unique outlook that combines various cultures and eras.

Murata

Address:
1264-2, Yufuin, Kawakami, Yufu, Oita;
Fee:
One night, two meals from 49,830 JPY;
Check-in:
15:00PM;
Checkout:
11:00AM;
TEL:
+81-977-84-5000

Lake Kinrin

Address:
1561-1, Yufuin, Kawakami, Yufu, Oita;
Entrance fee:
Free, Open every day;
TEL:
+81-977-84-3111 (Yufu City Commerce and Sightseeing Office)

Heighten the sense of adventure as you travel to Aso Limited Express Aso Boy!Kumamoto Station to Miyaji Station

The dynamic view of this caldera opens up around you

The white Kuro-chan seats in the family carriage are designed so the children’s seats are positioned next to the windows.

Top: The cabin attendants play along with the children in the wooden pool; Bottom: The scenery in Aso opens up in front of you from the panorama seats

Full of features for parents and children to enjoy

The Limited Express Aso Boy, which travels between Kumamoto Station and the Aso area, is a sightseeing train that builds up excitement for the enjoyment of nature. There are lots features for parents and children to enjoy together, such as the wooden pool and the picture book library in the carriages featuring the Kuro-chan dog character, and the child seats positioned next to the windows in the family carriages. The sense of excitement peaks as the dynamic scene of the the caldera comes into view in the Aso area. Please make use of the large windows in the panorama seats and the lounge area for the best view.

Limited Express Aso Boy!

Days of operation:
Mainly weekends (There are some periods when operating everyday during spring, summer and winter vacations, etc.);
Frequency:
Two round-trips per day; Kumamoto Station to Miyaji Station *All seats are reserved; A separate seat charge ticket is required for the “White Kuma-chan seat” “Panorama seat”;
Contact:
www.jrkyushu.co.jp/english/index.jsp

*This information is as of February 12, 2016

Recommended experiences in Aso Fully enjoy the activities in the grand caldera

At Yumedaichi Green Valley, you can enjoy a horse riding experience in the amazing nature of Aso. There are courses for parents and children

There are various activities to enjoy at Aso Nature Land, including the popular early-morning hot-air balloon ride

After an enjoyable train ride to Aso, we recommend natural experiences such as horse riding and the hot-air balloon ride. We’re sure parents and children will create special memories together as they get the most out of the setting of the grand caldera.

Yumedaichi Green Valley

Address:
1674-18 Yunoura, Aso, Kumamoto;
Fee:
Horse walking from 1,100 JPY, Horse riding from 3,350 JPY;
Hours:
From 9:00AM to sunset;
Closed:
Thursday (open during golden week and summer holidays etc.);
TEL:
+81-967-32-2990

* There are no foreign language speaking staff

Aso Nature Land

Address:
1092-1 Uchinomaki, Aso, Kumamoto;
Hot-air balloon ride experience fee:
Adults 2,160 JPY, Elementary school students 1,080 JPY, Infants 540 JPY;
Hours:
Hot air balloon rides on early mornings with calm atmospheres only (usually 5:30AM to 7:30AM; reservation required by 17:00PM the previous day);
Closed:
Thursdays (open on national holidays, golden week and summer holidays, etc.);
TEL:
+81-977-84-3111

16th Century Nanban culture experience Limited Express A Train Kumamoto Station to Misumi Station

The theme of this sightseeing train is “the Nanban (European) culture transferred to Amakusa in 16th Century .” Travel to the Christian city of Amakusa on this exotic train that has glistening church-like stained glass windows while jazz plays in the background.

Days of operation:
Mainly weekends (There are periods when operating everyday during spring, summer and winter vacations, etc.);
Frequency:
Two to three round-trips per day; *All seats are reserved;
Contact:
www.jrkyushu.co.jp/english/index.jsp

*This information is as of February 12, 2016

Go back in time on a trip on the oldest steam locomotive SL Hitoyoshi Kumamoto Station to Hitoyoshi Station

Experience the vibrations, sounds and smells of Japan’s oldest active steam locomotive on this popular sightseeing train. Take in the sights of the Kuma River as you travel to the castle town of Hitoyoshi. Enjoy this trip that goes back in time to a city with 700 years of history on a steam train from approximately 100 years ago.

Days of operation:
Mainly weekends from mid-March to mid-November (There are periods when operating almost everyday during spring, summer and winter vacations, etc.);
Frequency:
One round-trip per day; *All seats are reserved;
Contact:
www.jrkyushu.co.jp/english/index.jsp

*This information is as of February 12, 2016

Take the luck-themed train to Dazaifu Tabito Nishitetsu Futukaichi Station to Dazaifu Station

The six carriages on this train each have different lucky themes, such as marriage and a healthy life, which is represented by the Japanese-style interior design. Choose your carriage according to what you wish for as you travel to Dazaifu.

Days of operation:
Everyday (excluding inspection days, etc.);
Frequency:
11 round-trips each weekday, 14 round-trips on Saturdays and holidays;
Fee:
Nishitetsu Futukaichi Station to Dazaifu Station 150 JPY (no reservation necessary);
TEL:
+81-92-303-3333 (Nishitestu Customer Center)

A sightseeing train where the purpose of the journey is the ride itself

The finest high-quality sweets on an excellent luxury carriage JR KYUSHU SWEET TRAIN “Aru Ressha”Oita Station to Hita Station/Sasebo Station to Nagasaki Station

The design is based on the imagined luxury carriage trains that would have been running in Kyushu 100 years ago. The arabesque design of the panels will capture your attention

The No.1 carriage primarily uses maple wood to create a gorgeous VIP use-style room. Highly skilled craft techniques are put to use throughout the room in the coffered ceiling and the kumiko craftwork, for example

A luxurious train riding experience that is unique to JR Kyushu

In Kyushu, there are many sightseeing trains where the main purpose of the journey is the ride itself. The foremost among these is the Aru Ressha, which debuted in 2015, and was designed and planned on the basis of the imagined luxury carriage trains that could no longer be used after the Kyushu Railroad was nationalized immediately after its completion about 100 years ago. The first surprise is the level of detail in the interior design as your eyes are drawn to the coffered ceiling, kumiko (wooden lattice) design, and the stained glass windows. The luxuriousness of the carriage, which is fit for royal visitors, makes you forget you are on a train. We are sure you will be satisfied with the luxurious train ride experience on this expertly designed sightseeing train that is unique to JR Kyushu.

The sweets prepared in the onboard kitchen are delivered to passengers

The colorful dishes in wooden boxes and the soup are provided before the three sweet items are offered as mignardises (small confectionaries)

An extraordinary train journey featuring the finest sweets produced by world class chefs

The high quality sweets are supervised by world class chefs that have won numerous awards make the train ride experience on Aru Ressha even more special. The entire range of exquisite items is made in Kyushu, from the ingredients through to the bowls for serving, and the bento lunch boxes and soups that use meat, fish and vegetables, as well as the sweets that use seasonal fruits. You will be completely satisfied with this luxurious train trip that abounds with extraordinary experiences.

JR KYUSHU SWEET TRAIN “Aru Ressha”

Days of operation:
Mainly Friday to Sunday, and national holidays;
Frequency:
One round-trip per day;
Fee:
From 24,000 JPY (including the sweets course; All seats available for reservation);
Contact:
www.jrkyushu-aruressha.jp/en/

*This information is as of February 12, 2016

Experience tastes, scenery and the human touch along the route Orange RestaurantSendai Station to Yatsushiro Station/Shin-Yatsushiro Station

There are partitions and curtains that provide a moment of privacy in the No. 2 carriage, which has the idea of a hotel living space

Top: Station markets offer local treats; Middle: An example of the cruising dinner course; Bottom: Enjoy the beautiful scenery on the west coast of Kyushu

The Orange Restaurant is a train where you can enjoy full-course meals made by local chefs using local ingredients as you enjoy the view along Kyushu’s most beautiful coastline. Different menus have been prepared for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and snacks and drinks can be enjoyed at the Orange Bar, which operates on Friday nights. At stations along the special lunch trip, you can enjoy talking to local people at station markets that have attractive special products and souvenirs.

Orange Restaurant

Days of operation:
Mainly Friday to Sunday and national holidays;
Frequency:
Three or four journeys per day;
Fee:
Special Lunch Trip 2/Cruising Dinner Trip 3 21,000 JPY (package plans including food and drink; All seats available for reservation), etc.;
TEL:
+81-996-63-6861 (Orange Railway Reservation Center)

An amazing panorama that is one of the top three views from trains in Japan Isaburo/ShinpeiHitoyoshi Station to Yoshimatsu Station

The highlight is the view of the Kirishima mountains as you cross the Ebino Basin, which is one of the top three views from trains in Japan

The name of the train changes from Isaburo on the way to Yoshimatsu to Shinpei on the way to Hitoyoshi

Isaburo/Shinpei, which is named after the men who played an important part in the establishment of the Kyushu railroad, is a slow-speed local sightseeing train that specializes in amazing views. The main highlight is the view of the Kirishima mountains as you cross the Ebino Basin, which is one of the top three views from trains in Japan. Some passengers cheer joyfully at the amazing panorama of the scenery from the slow train. The route, which climbs to a maximum altitude of approximately 430m, is also popular with railroad fans due to the rare train riding experiences such as the loop line, which is used to ascend the steep slope, and the switchback, in which the hill is ascended by repeatedly going forwards and then backwards.

Isaburo/Shinpei

Days of operation:
Everyday;
Frequency:
Two round-trips per day;
Contact:
www.jrkyushu.co.jp/english/index.jsp

*One round-trip operating from Kumamoto Station to Yoshimatsu Station after March 26, 2016

*Will be changed after revision of the timetable

*This information is as of February 12, 2016

Saga Airport

From Tokyo Haneda Airport

125 minutes

Number of departures per day: Approx. 5※

Nagasaki Airport

From Tokyo Haneda Airport

95 minutes

Number of departures per day: Approx. 8※

From Nagoya Chubu Airport

90 minutes

Number of departures per day: Approx. 2※

From Osaka Itami Airport

80 minutes

Number of departures per day: Approx. 3※

Kumamoto Airport

From Tokyo Haneda Airport

115 minutes

Number of departures per day: Approx. 10※

From Nagoya Chubu Airport

95 minutes

Number of departures per day: Approx. 3※

From Osaka Itami Airport

80 minutes

Number of departures per day: Approx. 6※

Kagoshima Airport

From Tokyo Haneda Airport

115 minutes

Number of departures per day: Approx. 11※

From Nagoya Chubu Airport

90 minutes

Number of departures per day: Approx. 4※

From Osaka Itami Airport

75 minutes

Number of departures per day: Approx. 6※

Fukuoka Airport

From Tokyo Haneda Airport

120 minutes

Number of departures per day: Approx. 26※

From Nagoya Chubu Airport

90 minutes

Number of departures per day: Approx. 10※

From Kansai International Airport

75 minutes

Number of departures per day: Approx. 1※

From Osaka Itami Airport

75 minutes

Number of departures per day: Approx. 6※

Oita Airport

From Tokyo Haneda Airport

105 minutes

Number of departures per day: Approx. 8※

From Nagoya Chubu Airport

75 minutes

Number of departures per day: Approx. 2※

From Osaka Itami Airport

65 minutes

Number of departures per day: Approx. 4※

Miyazaki Airport

From Tokyo Haneda Airport

110 minutes

Number of departures per day: Approx. 12※

From Nagoya Chubu Airport

90 minutes

Number of departures per day: Approx. 3※

From Osaka Itami Airport

65 minutes

Number of departures per day: Approx. 6※

*Information correct as of February 25 2016

Details correct as of the end of January, 2016.