Umisachi-Yamasachi (海幸山幸) is limited express train that is operated between Miyazaki (宮崎) and Nango (南郷). This train is named from Yamasachihiko (山幸彦) and Umisachihiko (海幸彦) in Japanese mythology.
This is not a real express train and is a kind of cruising train for sightseeing along Nichinan line (日南線). This train is suitable for the tourists who go to Aoshima (青島) and Udo Jingu shrine (鵜戸神宮) at Nichinan coastline (日南海岸). This train makes your trip more memorable.
If you use Japan Rail Pass, you can take this train with no extra cost. I will show you some images of this train and tell you the details.
*I got on this train in mid March, 2012. Please refer My trip to Udo Jingu shrine by local bus and limited express train Umisachi-Yamasachi..
Route and schedule
This train connects Miyazaki with Nango in 1 hour and 40 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 Obi (飫肥) station for 10 minutes. You can buy some local products.
There is only one round trip between Miyazaki and Nango. And also this train is a seasonal train. This is not operated everyday.
Timetable and operation dates
Please see the link below to find the timetable:
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Accommodation and train formations
Umisachi-Yamasachi is operated by specialized KIHA 125 series. There are only two cars that are owned by JR Kyushu. These cars were owned by Takachiho Railways. When this railway stopped operating due to the huge damage by typhoon. JR Kyushu purchased these cars. They completely renovated these cars. Eiji Mitooka who designed most of JR Kyushu trains designed these cars as well. The lots of wood material are used for both interior and exterior of the car. You may find lots of Japanese atmosphere. The crew attendant guide about the scenery (in Japanese) and they sell some local foods, drinks and souvenirs.
The seat configuration is 1+2 and the seat pitch on Car#1 is about 1000mm. The seat pitch on Car#2 is a bit shorter than Car#1. Because Car#2 used to be all non reserved seat. But this train was too popular to get a reserved seat. JR Kyushu changed most of seat on Car#2 to the reserved seat. Anyway even the seat on Car#2 gives you same comfortableness as Green seat.
Ordinary seat on car#1
Common space, service counter and washroom on car#1
Ordinary seat on car#2
Common space and non reserved seat
R=Reserved ordinary seat NR=Non reserved ordinary seat
*This train has 51 seats. There are only 9 non reserved seats. I strongly recommend to reserve your seat.