Kyushu Shinkansen 九州新幹線
The Kyushu Shinkansen now makes it possible to travel between Osaka (with connections to Tokyo) to Kagoshima-Chuo Station on the southern coast of Kyushu in much less time.
Hakata-Kagoshima is now 1 hour 20 minutes and Hakata-Kumamoto only 30 minutes. Osaka-Kagoshima travel time has been reduced to 3 hours, 55 minutes.
Two new Kyushu shinkansen trains, the Mizuho and Sakura, have begun service between Osaka and Kagoshima. The quicker Mizuho is equivalent to the Nozomi shinkansen and the Sakura is similar to the Hikari shinkansen.
Both trains are based on the design of the N700 bullet train. The Tsubame shinkansen stops at all stations and is similar to the Kodama shinkansen. The Tsubame runs only between Hakata and Kagoshima-Chuo Stations.
The 257km of new track runs parallel to the Kagoshima main line: the Mizuho stops at Kumamoto and Kagoshima after Hakata; the Sakura stops at Shin-Tosu, Kurume, Chikugo-Funagoya, Shin-Omuta, Shin-Tamara, Kumamoto, Shin-Yatsuhiro, Shin-Minamata, Izumi, Sendai (not to be confused with the Sendai in Tohoku) and Kagoshima, the Tsubame stops at Shin-Tosu, Kurume, Chikugo-Funagoya, Shin-Omuna, Shin-Tamana, Kumamoto, Shin-Yatsuhiro, Shin-Minamata, Izumi, Sendai and Kagoshima.
Hakata Station now connects Fukuoka to Kumamoto and Kagoshima via the Kyushu Shinkansen.
Kyushu Shinkansen at Kumamoto Station
Kyushu Connections & Japan Rail Passes
Change from the Kyushu shinkansen to the Kagoshima Main Line for connections to other destinations in Kyushu. Tosu Station (close to Shin-Tosu) connects with the Nagasaki Main Line to Nagasaki. Kurume connects with the Kyudai Main Line to Hita, Bungo Nakagawa, Yufuin and Oita.
Kumamoto connects with the Hohi Main Line with train services to Aso and Oita. Yatsuhiro is the start of the Hisatsu Line to Satsuma Sendai. The approximately 117km-long Hisatsu Orange Railway is connected to the JR Kagoshima Line at both terminals and runs from Yatsuhiro to Sendai via Yunoura, Shin-Minamata and Izumi.
The Ibusuki Makurazaki Line runs to Makurazaki from Kagoshima-Chuo.
Sakura Shinkansen exterior and interior.
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