Trans-Kyushu Limited Express (Kyushu Odan Tokkyu=九州横断特急) connects both west and east coast of Kyushu. It connects Beppu, Oita and Kumamoto. The biggest volcano, Mt. Aso is located in the middle of this trains’ route.
Due to a huge damage by earthquake, a part of Houhi line between Aso and Kumamoto is closed. This train runs only between Beppu, Oita and Aso until further notice.
Trans-Kyushu Limited Express is covered by Japan Rail Pass fully. I will explain about the train’s route, schedule and accommodations of these trains.
Route, schedule and time required
This train runs on Houhi line between Oita and Kumamoto, and runs on Nippo line between Oita and Beppu.
x:All train stop *:Some of trains stop
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Accommodation and train formations
Both Trans-Kyushu Limited Express isre operated by KIHA 185 series. This is a standard type express train fleet. But this series was renovated. The interior with lots of wooden furnishings is very cozy and warm.
The seat configuration is a standard layout which is 2+2 and the seat pitch is 940 mm. This train actually does not offer you a big leg space.
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R=Reserved ordinary seat NR=Non reserved ordinary seat
*The train sometimes in operated by three cars train set especially during a peak season.