Hayato no Kaze (はやとの風) is a limited express train that is operated between Kagoshima-Chuo (鹿児島中央) with Yoshimatsu (吉松). You can take this train by Japan Rail Pass with no extra charge. This train is not an intercity express train. This train is slow and is operated for sightseeing along Hisatsu line (肥薩線). This train is operated by specialized KIHA 147 series. This train has the true Japanese atmosphere. The crew attendants are on board. They guides you about the scenery of Hisatsu line. This train stop at Kirishima-Onsen station. So you can take this train when you go to Kirishima mountains.
Hayato no Kaze will runs as the seasonal train after March 17, 2018. Please do not expect that the train runs every day. Please access Seasonal trains schedule to find the train operation dates.
I will show you many images of this train and tell you the details.
Route and schedule
This train connects Kagoshima-Chuo with Yoshimatsu in 1 hour and 30 minutes. There is one or two crews on the train. They guide about the scenery and sell drinks, snacks and souvenirs. All trains stop at Kareigawa station and Osumi-Yokogawa station for 5 minutes. These stations are more than 100 years old. You can take a look at Japanese traditional buildings and take a picture. Some of trains stop at Ryugamizu station for viewing active volcano, Mt. Sakurajima (桜島) and Kinko bay (錦江湾). If you go to Kirishima mountains, you can get off this train at Kirishima-Onsen. But if you want to enjoy all section of this train, you can take another cruising train Izaburo/Shinpei to Hitoyoshi at Yoshimatsu. And then catch Trans-Kyushu Limited Express/Kumagawa at Hitoyoshi. These express trains take you to Kumamoto.
There are two round trips between Kagoshima-Chuo and Yoshimatsu. This train is Limited Express train. But this train is very slow because it is cruising train. Please enjoy your ride by this nice train.
You also can find some more information about this train at my trip report.
|09:25||12:48||13:22||16:32||Connect to Shinkansen|
|10:20/10:27||11:57/12:02||14:15/14:20||15:38/15:43||This station was built in 1903 and was designated the registered tangible cultural property. This train stop here for 5 minutes.|
|10:33/10:38||11:50/11:51||14:27/14:27||15:31/15:32||The bus to Kirishima Mountains depart from this station.|
|10:45/10:50||11:40/11:44||14:34/14:39||15:19/15:24||This station was built in 1903 and was designated the registered tangible cultural property. This train stop here for 5 minutes.|
|11:08||11:24||14:56||15:03||All trains connect to another cruise train “Izaburo/Shinpei”.|
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Accommodation and train formations
Hayato no Kaze is operated by specialized KIHA 147 series. There are only three cars that are owned by JR Kyushu. Usually two of these three cars are used. This series was used as the commute train. But it was completely renovated. It is no longer that it used to be. The lots of wood material are used in the car. You may feel Japanese traditional atmosphere. Each car has the huge glass windows at middle of the car. This space is a common space for everybody. You can enjoy the great scenery along Hisatsu line and Mt. Sakurajima. There is the crew on the train. They guide about the scenery (in Japanese) and they sell some local foods, drinks and souvenirs. I would like to introduce this Japanese website. It is in only Japanese. But you may find what kind of stuffs they sell on the train.
The seat configuration is 2+2 and the seat pitch is 980 mm. But you may be too busy to sit down. You want to take a picture and get some snacks, beers and looking for some souvenirs. This train gives you a lot of fun!
*Sonic Rail Garden has copyright for all images of accommodations below.
R=Reserved ordinary seat NR=Non reserved ordinary seat
*Mostly KIHA147-1045 and KIHA47-8092 are used for this two cars formation. KIHA140-2066 is the spare car. But this car is used for three cars formation in the peak season.