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


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

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

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.

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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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The newer KIHA 72 series for Yufuin no Mori (C) Sonic Rail Garden

The newer KIHA 72 series for Yufuin no Mori (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


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

  1. Jay says:

    Hi! i’ve planned to take Yufuin no mori from Hakata to Yufuin in Feb’13 by using JR pass. However, i’ve heard that we need to make advance reservation to reserve our seat. So, just wonder how can i make advance reservation? Can we do online booking? Or we have to reserve the seat at JR ticket office when i arrive Fukuoka? Cuz my flight will arrive Fukuoka on 14Feb and i will go to Yufuin on 15Feb, so i’m afraid that the seat might be fully booked if i have to wait till 14th for booking.

    Thank you

  2. Jolene says:

    Hi,

    I just heard about this special train from a friend of mine and would really love to try it.

    I would like to make a trip from Hakata to Yufuin via the Yufuin Mori this coming April. After staying in Yufuin for a night, we would like to proceed to Beppu, Oita the next day. How should I go about checking the schedule for this special train? Should I need to book them in advance? Or do I need to make a trip down to Hakata to make the necessary arrangements? For the JR train tickets I normally buy them from the JR train station directly but I am not sure how this works.

    Thank you.

  3. Nigel says:

    Hello,

    We are thinking of taking the Yufuin-no-mori 4 from Oita to Hakata on October 8th 2012, but we cannot find it using Hyperdia. Will this train be running in October?

  4. Rod says:

    Hi,
    Thanks very much for your info. I would like to take the Yufuin no Mori, if I can.
    But I hope you can answer a question. I will be starting out from Kurume and want to use a JR Kyushu Rail Pass. From what I read, I can only activate the pass in Hakata or Kokura. But if I do that can I have them start the Pass from the next day? If possible, when I go to Yufuin I don’t want to go to Hakata first and then all the way back to Kurume.

    Thanks very much for any help.

    • JPRail says:

      Hi Rod,
      I have heard they use same rule as Japan Rail Pass. So you can pick up the date when you want to start to use.
      But I am not 100% sure. Please make sure when you purchase.
      Takeshi / JP Rail

  5. Sam says:

    I’m hoping to board the 9:20 am Yufuin no Mori when I travel from Fukuoka (Hakata) to Yufuin in late January 2012. I bought JR rail pass voucher overseas and understand that I would have to exchange the voucher for the pass at JR stations, before I can use them in Japan. However I understand that the Hakata JR Pass Exchange office only opens at 10:00 am?

    Does anyone know if that is still the case?

    I arrive at Fukuoka airport on the same day at 8:00am, so there is no way I can exchange my voucher for the pass earlier. Is there anyway I can still catch the 9:20 am train?

    Thanks!

    • JPRail says:

      Hi Sam,
      You can exchange the pass at the ticket sales office of Hakata station too. They do it when Hakata travel center is closed. (05:30am-10:00am and night time too)
      By the way, are you arriving at Fukuoka airport by international flight? If so, you may not be able to catch 09:20 train. It may be too tight.
      Takeshi / JP Rail

      • Sam says:

        That’s really helpful! Thanks Takeshi!

        Yes, it’s a tight transfer for us, but if our plane lands on-time or early, we’ll try our best to be fast. Because we really wish to catch the 0920 Yufuin no Mori, otherwise the next one will be around 2pm? Or we’ll just settle for the normal Yufuin train at 1018.

        But thanks alot for answering my question. Cheers!

  6. James says:

    Apart from the bento onboard they also sell really nice cakes (I think came from Nagasaki) , Kyudai line half way between Kurume and Yufuin you can see a large waterfall on the right hand side of the train, the onboard staff will come around and tell you where it is.

    It’s a very nice train this one, thats why even after more than 20 eyars in service it’s still popular and can still be hard to get a ticket sometimes

    Cheers
    James

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