travel tips

the view of Mt. Fuji

the view of Mt. Fuji

tipsOn the way to Kyoto, Osaka, try to reserve right hand side seats. You may be able to enjoy the view of Mt. Fuji. (Or you can also see between the carridge.)

Miyazaki ~ Nango by Umisachi Yamasachi

Miyazaki ~ Nango by Umisachi Yamasachi

Miyazaki ~ Nango by Umisachi Yamasachi

tipsThe sightseeing express train runs along Nichinan coast in Miyazaki on selected days.

You can enjoy the view of Oni no sentakuita (Ogre’s Washboard) between Aoshima station and Kitago station.

The train stop at Obi station for about 10mins and you can buy some local products/foods at the station.

Hitoyoshi ~ Yoshimatsu by Isaburo & Shinpei in Kyushu

Hitoyoshi ~ Yoshimatsu by Isaburo&Shinpei

Hitoyoshi ~ Yoshimatsu by Isaburo&Shinpei

tipsIsaburo & Shinpei is considered one of the best local trains in Japan.

Isaburo departs from Hitoyoshi down to Yoshimatsu and Shinpei departs from Yoshimatsu up to Hitoyoshi. The total journey time is approx. 80mins and operating twice a day.

Soon after depart Hitoyoshi, the first highlight is at the Okoba station where the train changes their direction and zigzag called switch back, to enable trains to climb up a steep slope. The spiral line is called loop line, so after Okoba station, the train goes back and enters the loop line.

There is another switchback at Masaki Station.

After Yatake Daiichi Tunnel (2096m long!), you will come upon one of the "Three Great Sceneries from Trains in Japan" which is a spectacular view of Ebino Heights and Kirishima mountain range. The train slows down around view spots for the photos.

Kagoshima-chuo ~ Ibusuki by Ibusuki no Tamatebako

Kagoshima-chuo ~ Ibusuki by Ibusuki no Tamatebako

Kagoshima-chuo ~ Ibusuki by Ibusuki no Tamatebako

tipsIbusuki no Tamatebako (aka Ibutama) is the limited express train runs between Kagoshima-chuo and Ibusuki. This service has started since March 2011 and become very popular as a sightseeing train in Japan.

Ibusuki no Tamatebako, literally means "Ibusuki Treasure Box", is named from the famous Japanese folktale " Urashima Taro " and its originated this region.

There are no Green seats or non-reserved seats on this train. You must make a seat reservation before boarding

Two of the oldest wooden stations in Kyushu

Hitoyoshi ~ Yoshimatsu by Isaburo&Shinpei

tipsOsumi-Yokogawa Station and Kareigawa Station are two of the oldest wooden station buildings in Kyushu open since 1903.

The train stops at both Osumi-Yokogawa and Kareigawa Stations for about 5 minutes so you can get off the train and have a quick look around the station.

Yoshimatsu ~ Hayato by Hayato no kaze

Yoshimatsu ~ Hayato by Hayato no kaze

tipsHayato no Kaze is a limited express train runs between Yoshimatsu and Kagoshima-chuo daily. Hisatsu line is from Yoshimatsu up to Hayato.

The train painted black all-over embodies with a gold emblem on the both side.

Shinkansen popular destination journey time

tipsShinkansen popular destination journey time:

Currency :  £1 = approx 153 Yen as of SEP2013

Journey Time by
Hikari or Sakura *
Time by
Nozomi or Mizuho*
Distance One-way fare Train frequency for
JR pass holder
Tokyo - Kyoto 2h 41m 2h 18m 513km, 320 miles ¥13,520  (£89) Every 30minutes,
direct
Tokyo - Shin Osaka 2h 53m 2h 33m 552km,
345 miles
¥14,050 
(£92)
Every 30minutes,
direct
Tokyo - Hiroshima 4h 50m 3h 56m 894km,
559 miles
¥18,550
(£121)
Every 30 minutes,
change at Himeji or Shin-Osaka or Shin-Kobe
Tokyo - Hakata (Fukuoka) 6h 2m 5h 10m 1,174km,
730 miles
¥22,320
(£146)
Every 30 minutes,
change at Shin-Osaka or Shin-Kobe
Tokyo - Nagasaki 8h 21m 7h 14m 1,328km,
830 miles
¥25,540 
(£167)
Every hour,
change at Shin-Osaka and Hakata
Shin Osaka - Hiroshima 91min 81min 342km,
213 miles
¥10,150 
(£66)
Every 30-60 minutes,
direct
Hiroshima - Nagasaki 3h 20m 3h 12m 434km,
271 miles
¥12,850 
(£84)
Every hour,
change at Hakata
Hakata - Kagoshima Chuo 1h 27m 1h 17m 289km,
180 miles
¥10,170 
(£66)
Every 25 minutes,
direct

* The JAPAN RAIL PASS is not valid for any seats, reserved or non-reserved, on “NOZOMI” and “MIZUHO” trains on the Tokaido, Sanyo and Kyushu Shinkansen lines. If you use a “NOZOMI” or “MIZUHO” train, you must pay the basic fare and the limited express charge, and for a Green Car the Green Car surcharge.

Yatsushiro to Hitoyoshi by Kyushu Odan Tokkyu (Trans-Kyushu Limited Express)

Yatsushiro to Hitoyoshi by Kyushu Odan Tokkyu (Trans-Kyushu Limited Express) in Kyushu

Yatsushiro to Hitoyoshi by Kyushu Odan Tokkyu (Trans-Kyushu Limited Express) in Kyushu

Yatsushiro to Hitoyoshi by Kyushu Odan Tokkyu (Trans-Kyushu Limited Express) in Kyushu

tipsThe train runs from Beppu to Hitoyoshi, and the Hisatsu line, one of most scenic rail line starts from Yatsushiro station.

Yatsushiro ~ Hitoyoshi by SL Hitoyoshi in Kyushu

Travel to Hakone

tipsThe SL Hitoyoshi” is a fully-operating, steam locomotive train brought back on 25th April 2009 in response to huge demand from railway fans.

SL Hitoyoshi runs only once a day on selected days only.

After Yatsushiro Station, the train goes on the Hisatsu Line and the scenic rail journey overlooking the Kuma River begins.

How to find my seat?

tips

How to find my seat?

There is no official storage space for luggage on the Shinkansen, so if you cannot place your luggage on the overhead rack, you will need to store them in the space behind the last row of seats at the end of the carriage. Please note that the space is very small and limited.