Very popular train to Yufuin from Hakata and Oita. Limited Express Yufuin no Mori / Yufu

The newer fleet KIHA 72 series is used for two round trips of Yufuin no Mori. As of July, 2015, one more car was added to this train set. Not it is five cars formation.
The newer fleet KIHA 72 series is used for two round trips of Yufuin no Mori. As of July, 2015, one more car was added to this train set. Not it is five cars formation.

These trains connect Hakata (博多) with Yufuin (由布院) and Oita (大分) or Beppu (別府). Yufuin is one of the most popular hot springs resort in Kyushu. This is the train that you need to take when you go to Yufuin. Of course these train’s name are named from Yufuin. “Yufuin no Mori” means Yufuin’s forest. These two trains are operated on same route and can be used by Japan Rail Pass. But Yufuin no Mori is operated by the specialized car, KIHA71 or 72 series. This express train is one of the best in JR Kyushu train. So I strongly recommend to take Yufuin no Mori, not Yufu.

So let’s learn about route, schedule and accommodations of these trains.

*The information in this article is current at the time of writing.

Route, schedule and time required

The number of trips are the following:
Yufuin no Mori (ゆふいんの森): 2 round trips between Hakata and Yufuin, and 1 round trip between Hakata and Oita
Yufu (ゆふ): 2 round trips between Hakata and Beppu, and one round trip between Hakata and Oita
These trains connect Hakata with Yufuin in 2 hours 10-15 minutes, and with Oita in 3 hours. There is no difference for the time required between Yufuin no Mori and Yufu. But the accommodation is completely different.

You can check the timetable at JR Kyushu website (English).

Stations
Hakata (博多) x
Futsukachi (二日市) x
Tosu (鳥栖) x
Kurume (久留米) x
Kurume Daigakumae (久留米大学前) *
Tanushimaru (田主丸) *
Chikugo-Yoshii (筑後吉井) x
Ukiha (うきは) *
Hita (日田) x
Amagase (天ヶ瀬) x
Bungomori (豊後森) x
Bungo-Nakamura (豊後中村) x
Yufuin (由布院) x
Yunohira (湯平) x
Mukainoharu (向之原) x
Oita (大分) x
Beppu (別府) *

x:All train stop *:Some of trains stop


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Limited Express Yufuin no Mori is operated by KIHA-71 series. (C) Sonic Rail Garden
One round trip of Limited Express Yufuin no Mori is operated by KIHA-71 series. (C) Sonic Rail Garden

Accommodation and train formations

Both Yufuin no Mori and Yufu do not have any green car.
Yufuin no Mori is operated by KIHA 71 or KIHA 72 series. KIHA 72 is newer than KIHA 71. Those trains are produced for the resort express train to Yufuin hot springs resort. Even though these trains have no green car, those give you a higher passengers deck and great view through the huge windows. Those trains have same concept and same shape. Either 71 or 72 give you very high satisfaction.
Yufu is operated by KIHA 185 series. This is not bad, but it is nothing special.

*Sonic Rail Garden has copyright for all images of accommodations below.

You may see lots of this logo inside and outside of this train. (C) Sonic Rail Garden
You may see lots of this logo inside and outside of this train. (C) Sonic Rail Garden

Yufuin no Mori KIHA-71 series

The seat configurations are 2+2 and the seat pitch is 960mm. There are “Buffet” (Cafeteria) and salon space. Usually this series is used for Yufuin no Mori #3 and #4.

Images

Ordinary seat
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Buffet (Cafeteria and kiosk)
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Salon space
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Sanitary space
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Passenger’s deck and common space
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Train formation

1 2 3 4
R R/B S/R R

R=Reserved ordinary seat B=Buffet (cafeteria and kiosk) S=Salon space

Yufuin no Mori KIHA-72 series

This is newer than KIHA-71 series. But it looks very similar. The concept of this series is almost same as KIHA-71, like higher passenger’s deck and buffet. But this series does not have any salon space. The seat configurations are 2+2 and the seat pitch is 1000mm. These cars give you a bigger leg space. There are “Buffet” (Cafeteria) too. And this series has semi compartment on car #3. Usually this series is used for Yufuin no Mori #1, #2, #5 and #6.

Images

Ordinary seat
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Semi compartment on Car #3
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Buffet (Cafeteria and kiosk)
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Sanitary space
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Passenger’s deck and common space
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Train formation

1 2 3 4
R R B/R R

R=Reserved ordinary seat B=Buffet (cafeteria and kiosk)

KIHA 185 series is the standard car for Yufu. (C) Sonic Rail Garden
KIHA 185 series is the standard car for Yufu. (C) Sonic Rail Garden

Yufu KIHA-185 series

This train is the standard train. This is okay. But Yufuin no Mori is way better than this train. The seat configuration is 2+2. This series has been restored several times. So the seat pitch is 940 mm and some cars give you more space, 1020 mm. Yufu does not have any dining facilities and on board sales. So please buy something to eat and drink before boarding.

*Be careful!!! When KIHA 71 or 72 series for Yufuin no Mori is in maintenance, this 185 series is replaced.

Images

Ordinary seat
Yufu KIHA185 series ordinary seat Yufu KIHA185 series ordinary seat Yufu KIHA185 series ordinary seat Yufu KIHA185 series ordinary seat

Sanitary space
Yufu KIHA185 series sanitary space

Train formation

1 2 3
R R/NR R

R=Reserved ordinary seat NR=Non reserved ordinary seat

87 thoughts on “Very popular train to Yufuin from Hakata and Oita. Limited Express Yufuin no Mori / Yufu”

  1. Hi Takeshi,

    Would like to seek your advice please – we plan to travel to Fukuoka on 6 May and then to Yufuin on 9 May. Can we make advance reservation for the Yufuin-no-mori at Hakata JR station before we set off to Yufuin?
    Can we use the Kyushu Northern Area JR pass for this ride? By the way, can we activate the JR pass now for a later start date ?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    Aligato!

    Didi

    1. Hi Didi,

      You can make a booking in advance. Ticket is on sale one month prior to departure date. You can use Northern Kyushu rail pass for taking this train.
      When you exchange your pass, you can pick up the date when you start using the pass. So you can exchange it in advance. Once you exchange the pass (even if you don’t start using the pass), you can start the booking.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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