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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)
Yufuin no Mori KIHA72 series Buffet (Cafeteria) Yufuin no Mori KIHA72 series Buffet (Cafeteria) Yufuin no Mori KIHA72 series Buffet (Cafeteria) Yufuin no Mori KIHA72 series Buffet (Cafeteria) Yufuin no Mori KIHA72 series Buffet (Cafeteria) Yufuin no Mori KIHA72 series Buffet (Cafeteria) Yufuin no Mori KIHA72 series Buffet (Cafeteria), The menu shows you that Bento is 750 yen, Fried noodle is 700 yen, soft drinks are 100 to 350 yen. Yufuin no Mori KIHA72 series Buffet (Cafeteria), This menu shows you that snacks and dessert are 200 to 850 yen. Original goods are 300 to 2000 yen.

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

  1. Pat Yan says:

    Hello Takeshi-san,

    Our family of 3 is doing an overnight trip to Yufuin from Fukuoka on 30/12 to 31/12.
    Please advise if we need to book the bus or train ticket in advance.
    If yes, please advise where can i buy it from.

    Thank you
    Pat Yan

    • Hi Pat Yan,

      Reservation is required for bus and recommended for train. But there is no way to book train from outside of Japan. But bus can be booked at the link below:
      http://www.atbus-de.com.e.jo.hp.transer.com/

      I have never used this site. So I don’t know the procedure. And this is machine translation site. You may not be able to understand at some part of this site.

      I hope you will make it.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

  2. Jeff says:

    Hello Takeshi-san!

    I am planning a trip to Fukuoka from Jan 21-25. The first 3 nights are near Hakata station, but I’ve booked a hot spring hotel in Yufuin on the 24th. Check in at 3pm, and our flight out of Japan is at 6pm on the 25th.

    Do you have any advice for reservations for taking the Yufuin no Mori? What do you think are our chances for getting a reservation during that time? Is it possible to make a reservation at the airport JR station?

    Sorry for the many questions! Thank you!!!

    • Hi Jeff san,

      I think it will be okay. Mid January is the slowest season of the year.
      You can’t make a reservation at the airport. At Fukuoka airport, it’s a subway station, not JR. You can make it at Hakata.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

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