Kyushu Shinkansen

Kyushu Shinkansen 九州新幹線

Shinkansen Bullet Train.

The Kyushu shinkansen, opened on 12 March 2011, runs between Hakata Station and Kagoshima Chuo Station. This makes Kagoshima directly accessible from Osaka (which connects eastwards to Tokyo).

From Hakata in northern Kyushu to Kagoshima further south takes 1 hour 20 minutes and from Hakata to Kumamoto 30 minutes. The trip from Osaka to Kagoshima takes 3 hours, 55 minutes.

Two new Kyushu shinkansen trains, the Mizuho and Sakura run between Osaka and Kagoshima. The quicker Mizuho is equivalent to the Nozomi shinkansen and the Sakura is similar to the Hikari shinkansen that run on the Tokaido and Sanyo shinkansen lines.

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 of the Tokaido and Sanyo shinkansen lines. The Tsubame runs only between Hakata and Kagoshima-Chuo Stations.

Hakata Station, Fukuoka.
The new front of Hakata Station

The 257 km of 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-Yatsushiro, 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-Yatsushiro, Shin-Minamata, Izumi, Sendai and Kagoshima.

Hakata Station.
Hakata Station now connects Fukuoka to Kumamoto and Kagoshima via the Kyushu Shinkansen
Hakata Station, Fukuoka, Kyushu.
Hakata Station is the largest and busiest station on the island of Kyushu and a major gateway and transport hub
Kyushu Shinkansen at Kumamoto Station.
Kyushu Shinkansen at Kumamoto Station

Kyushu Connections & Japan Rail Passes

The Japan Rail Pass is valid on Tsubame and Sakura trains but not the Mizuho. The JR West Sanyo Pass is valid for both Sakura and Mizuho trains as is the Kyushu Rail Pass.

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. Yatsushiro 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 Yatsushiro to Sendai via Yunoura, Shin-Minamata and Izumi.

The Ibusuki Makurazaki Line runs to Makurazaki from Kagoshima-Chuo.

Sakura Shinkansen.
Sakura Shinkansen exterior
Sakura Shinkansen interior.
Sakura Shinkansen interior

Shinkansen Video

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