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Direct access to Fukuoka (Hakata), Kumamoto, Kagoshima from Osaka. Kyushu Shinkansen


Kyushu Shinkansen runs between Hakata and Kagoshima-Chuo. But many trains run from Shin-Osaka and carry many passengers from Kansai area to Kyushu. This is the best way to get Kyushu from Osaka and Hiroshima. But some trains are not covered by JR Pass. I would like to show you about this Shinkansen system in this post.

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Types of trains

There are three types of trains, the fastest train “Mizuho”, second fastest “Sakura” and “Tsubame” that stops at all station. on Kyushu Shinkansen. All Mizuho and most of Sakura go through Sanyo Shiknasen to/from Shin-Osaka. You can ride a train from Shin-Osaka to Kagoshima without transfer. But the fastest train, Mizuho is not covered by Japan Rail Pass. Mizuho is in same restriction as Nozomi of Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen.

Mizuho connects Shin-Osaka with Kumamoto in just 3 hours and with Kagoshima Chuo in 3 hours 45 minutes.

Sakura is a bit slower than Mizuho. It connects Shin-Osaka with Kumamoto in 3 hours 10 minutes to 3 hours 45 minutes and with Kagoshima-chuo in 4 hours 10 minutes to 40 minutes. It takes much more minutes for taking some of Sakura as it stops at many more stations than Mizuho and faster Sakura.

Tsubame is slowest train on Kyushu Shinkansen now. It is operated between Hakata and Kagoshima-chuo only. This train does not go through Sanyo Shinkansen. It connects Hakata and Kagoshima-Chuo around 2 hours. Of course if you need to move to Kagoshima-chuo or Kumamato from Hakata, you can take Sakura, or if you are not Japan Rail Pass user, take Mizuho.

Route and stations


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Station Mizuho Sakura Tsubame
Hakata (博多) x x x
Shin-Tosu (新鳥栖) - * x
Kurume (久留米) - * x
Chikugo-Funagoya (筑後船小屋) - * x
Shin-Omuta (新大牟田) - * x
Shin-Tamama (新玉名) - * x
Kumamoto (熊本) x x x
Shin-Yatsushiro (新八代) - * x
Shin-Minamata (新水俣) - * x
Izumi (出水) - * x
Sendai (川内) - * x
Kagoshima-Chuo (鹿児島中央) x x x

x:All trains stop *:Some of trains stop -All trains pass by

Accommodation

There are two types of cars, newer N700-7000/8000 series and JR Kyushu original 800 series. 800 series is used for Sakura and Tsubame. This train does not go through Sanyo Shinkansen. N700 series was introduced for Mizuho and Sakura depart from Shin-Osaka.

800 series

This type is used for the trains that are operated on Kyushu Shinkansen only. This series does not have any Green class. But even ordinary class provides you 2+2 seat configuration. This is a big difference as the standard in Shinkansen ordinary class is 2+3 seat configuration. And also this series has many Japanese decoration in the train. It gives you very unique Japanese atmosphere.

1 2 3 4 5 6
NR NR NR R R R

R:Ordinary class reserved seat NR:Ordinary class non-reserved seat

Images
Ordinary seat
Kyushu Shinkansen 800 series Kyushu Shinkansen 800 series Kyushu Shinkansen 800 series Kyushu Shinkansen 800 series Kyushu Shinkansen 800 series Kyushu Shinkansen 800 series Kyushu Shinkansen 800 series
Sanitary space
Kyushu Shinkansen 800 series Kyushu Shinkansen 800 series Kyushu Shinkansen 800 series Kyushu Shinkansen 800 series Kyushu Shinkansen 800 series Kyushu Shinkansen 800 series

N700-7000 series is new fleet to use for Sakura and Mizuho.

N700-7000 series is new fleet to use for Sakura and Mizuho. (C) Mitsuki-2368

N700-7000/8000 series

This type is used for all Mizuho, Sakura that is go through Sanyo Shinaksen and some Tsubame.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
NR NR NR R R R/G R R

R:Ordinary class reserved seat NR:Ordinary class non-reserved seat G:Green class

Please refer the post, N700 series for Kyushu Shinkansen Mizuho and Sakura for the details about N700 series.


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6 Comments to “Direct access to Fukuoka (Hakata), Kumamoto, Kagoshima from Osaka. Kyushu Shinkansen”

  1. Wong says:

    Greetings from Hong Kong. I am planing a trip from Fukuoka to Kumamoto & Mt Aso area in Sepember. I have been advised by the hotel to travel from Hakata to Kumamoto by bullet train, then book a taxi to guide me around the city & Mt Aso area, another option is to hire a sightseeing taxi from hotel in Fukuoka which might be conveinent and cheaper.

    I would appreciate your advice.

    Thank you.
    M

  2. Cecilia Lee says:

    I am flying from Hong Kong to Fukuoka and will be staying in Kagoshima. Can I take the train from Fukuoka to Kagoshima? Or, is it possible to take a bus/limousine bus from Fukuoka to Kagoshima?

  3. John says:

    Hi again,

    just to clarify… The JR Pass does NOT allow you on the Nozomi without paying full fare.
    However, does the JR Sanyo Shikoku Kyushu Rail Pass (5 days) allow you to travel on the Nozomi or Mizuhu?

    Regards
    John

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