Summary of 2019 spring seasonal trains of JR trains

Spring is the amazing season to travel in Japan.

I think everybody agree that spring is the best season to travel. The cherry blossom is amazing, gorgeous and unforgettable. Therefore this season is very busy. Especially the period from late March to early April is the spring break of the public school in Japan. This period is usually the peak period of the cherry blossom in southside of Japan. It is busy season.

Do not forget “Golden Week”. Japan has many holidays from late April to early May. Especially 2019’s Golden Week will be very special. The emperor will retire and the prince will take over. Please see the link below to find the detailed information about the calendar.

2019 busiest period to travel by train. Tips to book your seat in even during the busy period.

JR Group operate lots of seasonal trains during the spring peak period. In this post, I will show you many seasonal trains that will run in major tourist spots until the end of June.

*Summer seasonal train schedule (July and August) will usually come up in late May.

JR Hokkaido (Hokkaido area)

Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko train

This train is operated by “Torokko” (open air type passenger’s car). This is a cruising train that goes through Kushiro marsh. Please refer the detail about this train at Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko train.

Operation dates
Apr 27-30
May 1-6
Train runs one round trip (#1, #2) only on those above dates.

Jun 1-16, 20-30
Train runs two round trips on these dates.

Timetable

Train#KushiroToro
#211:0611:54
#413:3514:17
Train#ToroKushiro
#112:1713:05
#314:4815:36

If you are looking for more information about Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko train, please see the post, Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko train.

Furano Lavender Express / Furano Koyo Express

Furano is very popular spot in Hokkaido during summer season. Only this train takes you to Furano from Sapporo directly. In this season, this train will be operated by specialized fleet, “Crystal Express” that has double deck and compartment. Please refer the detail about this train at Furano Lavender Express / Koyo Express.

Operation dates
Jun 8,9,15,16,22-30
Train runs one round trip (#3, #4) only on those above dates.

Jun 30
Train runs two round trips on these dates.

Timetable

Train#SapporoFurano
#309:0711:07
Train#FuranoSapporo
#416:5118:46

*Train stops at Iwamizawa, Takikawa and Ashibetsu.

If you are looking for more information about trains for Furano Lavender Express, please see the post, Furano Lavender Express / Koyo Express.

Furano Biei Norokko train

This train is operated by “Torokko” (open air type passenger’s car). This is a cruising train that goes on Furano line. Please refer the detail about this train at Furano Biei Norokko train.
*Summer schedule (July to October) will be released in late May.

Operation dates
Jun 8,9,15,16,22-30

Timetable

Station
train#
AsahikawaFurano
#110:0011:31
Station
train#
FuranoAsahikawa
#616:1217:46
Station
train#
BieiFurano
#313:0613:57
#515:1016:02
Station
train#
FuranoBiei
#212:0212:50
#414:0415:01

*Train makes stops at Biei, Bibaushi, Kami-Furano, Lavender-Batake and Naka-Furano.

If you are looking for more information about Furano Biei Norokko train, please see the post, Furano Biei Norokko train.

Ryuhyo Monogatari (means “the story of drift ice”)

Shiretoko is very popular destination in winter time for Ryuhyo (流氷=Drift Ice) viewing. Open air passengers car train, “Ryuhyo Norokko train” used to run in this season. But it was discontinued in previous season. This train will replace Ryuhyo Norokko train in Drift Ice season but this is not open air train. This train will be operated by the refurbished ordinary diesel fleet.

Operation dates
Feb 2 – Mar 3

Timetable

#1Abashiri 09:45Shiretoko-Shari 10:40
#2Shiretoko-Shari 11:30Abashiri 12:30
#3Abashiri 12:50Shiretoko-Shari 13:40
#4Shiretoko-Shari 13:48Abashiri 14:46

*This train stop at Kitahama and Hamakoshimizu.

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JR East (Tohoku and Kanto area)

Genbi Shinkansen

Genbi Shinkansen that runs between Echigo-Yuzawa and Niigata is called the world fastest art gallery.
Genbi Shinkansen that runs between Echigo-Yuzawa and Niigata is called the world fastest art gallery.

This newest Shinkansen train is called “The World Fastest Art Gallery”. There are many artwork displayed in the train. This train is operated as train name, “Toki”.

Operation dates
Mar 2,3,9,10,16,17,21,23,24,30,31
Apr 6,7,13,14,20,21,28-30
May 1,2,4,11,12,18,19,25,26
Jun 1,2,8,9,15,16,22,23,29,30
Jul 6,7,13-15,20,21,27,28
Aug 17,18,24,25,31
Sep 1,7,8,14-16,21-23,28,29

Timetable

Station
train#
Echigo
Yuzawa
Niigata
Toki 45108:2409:14
Toki 45312:4413:38
Toki 45515:2016:14
Station
train#
NiigataEchigo
Yuzawa
Toki 45211:2612:20
Toki 45414:0214:56
Toki 45616:4217:36

All trains stops at all stations between Echigo-yuzawa and Niigata.

You can find more information about this train at the post, The world fastest art gallery, Genbi Shinkansen.

Rapid DL Banetsu Monogatari

This train is originally operated as “SL Banestsu Monogatari”. But steam locomotive was breakdown. It is operated by a diesel locomotive and the old style carriages between Niitsu and Aizu-Wakamatsu.

Operation dates
Apr 27-29
May 3-6

Timetable
Niitsu 10:05 – Aizu Wakamatsu 13:35
Aizu Wakamatsu 15:25 – Niitsu 18:40
Niitsu, Gosen, Sakihana, Mikawa, Tsugawa, Hideya, Nozawa, Yamato, Kitakata and Shiokawa.

If you need more info about this train, please see the post, Popular Steam Locomotive train, SL Banetsu Monogatari.

Rapid Resort Minori

This train connects Sendai with Shinjo via Naruko Onsen. It is operated by specialized train. You can see some images at JR East Sendai branch site.

Operation dates

Mar 2.3.9.10.16.17.23.24.30.31
Apl 6.7.13.14.20.21.27-29
May 1-6.11.12.18.19.25.26
Jun 1.2.8.9.15.16.22.23.29.30
Jul 6.7.13-15.20.21.27
Aug 3.4.10-12.14-18.24.25.31
Sep 1.7.8.14-16.21-23.28.29

Timetable
Sendai 09:13 – 11:00 Naruko Onsen 11:23 – Shinjo 12:26
Shinjo 15:01 – 16:00 Naruko Onsen 16:02 – Sendai 17:39

This train makes a stop at Matsuhima, Kogota, Furukawa, Iwadeyama, Yubikan, Kawatabi-Onsen, Naruko-Gotenyu, Naruko-Onsen, Nakayamadaira-Onsen, Akakura-Onsen, Mogami and Semi-Onsen.

Izu Craile

Renovated exterior looks very lovely.

This is another JR East’s new train. It runs between Odawara and Izu. All seats are Green reserved seat.

Operation dates

Mar 9.10.16.17.21.23.24.30
Apr 6.7.13.14.20.21.27-29
May 3-6.11.12.18.19.25.26
Jun 1.2.8.9.15.16.22.23.29.30
Jul 6.7.13-15.20.21.27.28
Aug 3.4.10-12.17.18.24.25.31
Sep 1.7.8.14-16.21-23.28.29

Timetable
Odawara 11:40 – 14:08 Izukyu-Shimoda
Izukyu-Shimoda 15:20 – 17:12 Odawara

You can find more information about this train at the post, Cruising train Izu Creile offers you very comfortable train experience to Izu peninsula from Odawara.

Toreiyu Tsubasa

Renovated E3 series for Toreiyu Tsubasa

This is the first ever Shinkansen train that has the foot Onsen bath in the car.

Operation dates

Apr 6.7.13.14.20.21
May 11.12.18.19.25.26
Jun 1.2.8.9.15.16.22.23.29.30
Jul 6.7.13-15.20.21.27.28
Aug 3.4.24.25.31
Sep 1.7.8.14-16.21-23.28.29

Timetable

StationToreiyu Tsubasa #1StationToreiyu Tsubasa #2
Fukushima10:02Shinjo15:00
Yonezawa10:36Oishida15:16
Takahata10:44Murayama15:28
Akayu10:50Sakuranbo-Higashine15:34
Kaminoyama-Onsen11:08Tendo15:40
Yamagata11:26Yamagata16:13
Tendo11:37Kaminoyama-Onsen16:23
Sakuranbo-Higashine11:45Akayu16:45
Murayama11:50Takahata16:52
Oishida12:00Yonezawa17:07
Shinjo12:16Fukushima117:41

You can find more information about this train at the post, Toreiyu Tsubasa. First ever Shinkansen train that has foot bath.

SL Ginga


This steam locomotive train connects Hanamaki and Kamaishi. The interior is amazing. It display the world of Kenji Miyazawa who is a poet and author of children’s literature.

Operation dates

For Kamaishi
Apr 29
May 2.5.11.18.25
Jun 1.15.22.29
Jul 6.13.20.31
Aug 3.7.10.17.24.31
Sep 7.14.21.28

For Hanamaki
Apr 30
May 3.6.12.19.26
Jun 2.16.23.30
Jul 7.14.21
Aug 1.4.8.11.18.25
Sep 1.8.15.22.29

Timetable

HanamakiKamaishi
10:3715:08
KamaishiHanamaki
10:5815:20

POKÉMON with YOU train

Simply it is Pokemon theme train as you see Google image above. It offers fun and it is very kids friendly train.

Operation dates

Mar 2.3.9.10.16.17.21-31
Apr 6.7.13.14.20.21.27-30
May 1-6.11.12.18.19.25.26
Jun 1.2.8.9.15.16.22.23
Jul 6.7.13-15.20.21.27-31
Aug 1-4.9-18.24.25.31
Sep 1.7.8.14-15.21-23.28.29

IchinosekiKesennuma
11:0112:51
KesennumaIchinoseki
14:3716:35

Shu*Kura

Shu*Kura runs as promoting Niigata local product, especially Japanese Sake (pure rice wine). It is like Sake tasting train. You can enjoy many kinds of Sake on board.

This train runs on several routes in Niigata prefecture. There are three routes in this spring.

Koshino Shu*Kura

Mar 15-17.21-24
Apr 5-7.29.30
May 1-3.17-19.31
Jun 1.2.28-30
Jul 12-15.26-28
Aug 4.23-25.30.31
Sep 1.13-16.27-29

Joetsu-MyokoTokamachi
10:0212:32
TokamachiJoetsu-Myoko
14:5018:38

Yuzawa Shu*Kura

Mar 29-31
Apr 19-21
May 4-6.24-26
Jun 7-9.21-23
Jul 19-21
Aug 16-18
Sep 20-23

Joetsu-MyokoEchigo-Yuzawa
10:0213:31
Echigo-YuzawaJoetsu-Myoko
14:4518:38

Ryuto Shu*Kura

Mar 9.10
Apr 12-14.26-28
May 10-12
Jun 14-16
Jul 5-7
Aug 9-12
Sep 6-8

Joetsu-MyokoNiigata
10:0213:06
NiigataJoetsu-Myoko
14:5218:38

You can find more information about this train at the post, Enjoy premium Japanese Sake on board. Cruising train Koshino Shu*Kura.

Narita Express #8 and #41

E259 series is the fleet for Narita Express.

Narita Express runs Narita airport and downtown Tokyo or Yokohama, Ofuna. One round trip of Narita Express extend to run to Kawaguchiko via Shinjuku. You can get Lake Kawaguchi area from/to Narita airport directly by this train. But if you use this train by Japan Rail Pass or JR East Pass, the basic fare and limited express train seat fee between Otsuki and Kawaguchiko is not covered. Tokyo Wide Pass covers fully.

Operation dates
Mar 2.3.9.10

Timetable

Narita
Airport
Terminal 1
Narita
Airport
Terminal 2,3
TokyoShinjukuKawaguchiko
09:1509:1910:2110:4712:43
KawaguchikoShinjukuTokyoNarita
Airport
Terminal 2,3
Narita
Airport
Terminal 1
14:2016:1016:3317:2517:29

*Narita Express makes a stop at Shibuya, Tachikawa, Hachioji, Otsuki, Tsuru-Bunkadaigakumae, Fujisan and Fujikyu-Highland.

Rapid Holiday Kaisoku Fujisan

This train connects Shinjuku and Kawaguchiko (Lake Kawaguchi) directly. Transfer at Otsuki station is not required. But if you use this train by Japan Rail Pass or JR East Pass, the basic fare between Otsuki and Kawaguchiko is not covered.

Operation dates
Mar 2.3.9.10

Timetable

ShinjukuKawaguchiko
08:1410:26
KawaguchikoShinjuku
16:0018:04

*Rapid Holiday Kaisoku Fujisan makes a stop at Mitaka, Tachikawa, Hachioji, Takao, Sagamiko, Uenohara, Shiotsu, Otsuki, Tsurushi, Tsuru-Bunkadaigakumae, Mitsutoge, Fujisan and Fujikyu-Highland.

Rapid Resort Shirakami

This train connects Akita with Aomori through Gono line that has one of the greatest scenery. This train is operated by the specialized train or the newest Hybrid train. This train has only reserved seat.

HB-E300 Buna train set is the newest fleets for Resort Shirakami.

Operation dates and timetable

Station/train#AkitaAomoriOperation date
18:2013:29Mar 1-13.15-17.21-24.29-31
Apr 5-7.12-14.19-30
May 1-31
Jun 1-30
Jul 1-31
Aug 1-31
Sep 1-30
513:5219:40Mar 1-12.15.16.21-23.29.30
Apr 5.6.12.13.19-30
May 1-31
Jun 1.7-30
Jul 1-31
Aug 1-24.30
Sep 1-30
Station/train#AomoriAkitaOperation date
28:0913:27Mar 2-13.16.17.22-24.30.31
Apr 6.7.13.14.20-30
May 1-31
Jun 1.2.8-30
Jul 1-31
Aug 1-25.31
Sep 1-30
413:5118:56Mar 1-13.15-17.21-24.29-31
Apr 5-7.12-14.19-30
May 1-31
Jun 1-30
Jul 1-31
Aug 1-31
Sep 1-30
Station/train#AkitaHirosakiOperation date
310:5115:49Apr 19-21.23.24.26-30
May 1-8.10-15.17-19.22.24-29.31
Jun 1-12.14-19.21-26.28-30
Jul 1-3.5-9.12-17.19-21.24.26-31
Aug 2-21.23-31
Sep 1-4.6-18.20-25.27-30
Station/train#HirosakiAkitaOperation date
616:0620:41Apr 19-21.23.26-30
May 1-7.10-14.17-19.24-28.31
Jun 1-4.6-11.14-18.21-25.28-30
Jul 1-2.5-9.12-16.19-21.26-30
Aug 2-20.23-27.29-31
Sep 1-3.6-17.20-24.27-30

This train makes a stop at Oiwaki, Hachirogata, Moritake, Higashi-Noshiro, Noshiro, Akita-Shirakami, Iwadate, Juniko, WeSpa-Tsubakiyama, Fukaura, Senjojiki, Ajigasawa, Mutsu-Morita, Kizukuri, Goshogawara, Mutsu-Tsuruta, Itayanagi, Kawabe, Hirosaki and Shin-Aomori. If you need more information about this train, please refer Rapid Resort Shirakami.

Rapid Kirakira Uetsu

Rapid train, Kira Kira Uetsu runs between Niigata and Sakata on Uetsu line along the coast.

This train connects Niigata and Sakata or Ugo-Honjo on Uetsu line. You can enjoy local foods and beautiful coast scenery of Sea of Japan. It is operated by specialized train “Kirakira Uetsu”. You can see some images at JR East Niigata branch site.

Operation dates

Mar 1-3.8-10.15-17.29-31
Apr 5-7.12-14.19-21.26-30
May 1-6.10-12.17-19.24-26.31
Jun 1.2.7-9.14-16.21-23.28-30
Jul 5-7.19-21
Aug 9-19.21-25.30.31
Sep 1.6-8.20-23.27-29

Timetable
Niigata 10:11 – 12:51 Sakata
Sakata 16:10 – Niigata 18:31

This train runs on the following dates between Niigata and Akita:

Mar 21-24
Jul 12-15
Sep 13-16

Niigata 09:31 – 12:03 Sakata 12:05 – 13:47 Akita
Akita 14:07 – 16:03 Sakata 16:10 – 18:31 Niigata

The following schedule will be applied to the train which runs on Jul 26-29, 31, Aug 1-5 and 7-8.

Niigata 10:11 – 13:14 Sakata
Sakata 16:10 – Niigata 18:31

This train set will be retired on September 29 and the new fleet will be introduced on this trains’ operation.

HIGH RAIL 1375

This train runs on Oumi line which goes on the highest elevation in all JR lines. You can enjoy mountain fresh air by riding this train.

Operation dates (HIGH RAIL 1)

Mar 16.17.23.24.30.31
Apr 6.7.13.14.20.21.27-30
May 1.3-6.11.12.18.19.25.26
Jun 1.2.8.9.15.16.22.23.29.30

Operation dates (HIGH RAIL 2 and Hoshizora)

Mar 2.3.9.10.16.17.23.24.30.31
Apr 6.7.13.14.20.21.27-30
May 1.3-6.11.12.18.19.25.26
Jun 1.2.8.9.15.16.22.23.29.30
Jul 5-7.12-15.19-23.26-30
Aug 2-6.9-13.16-20.23-27.30-31
Sep 1.6-8.13-16.20-23.27-29

Timetable (HIGH RAIL 1)

KobuchizawaKomoro
10:4212:56

Timetable (HIGH RAIL 2)

KomoroKobuchizawa
14:32 (11:43)16:57 (14:07)

*Departure time 11:43 and arrival time 14:06 are applied on Mar 2, 3, 9 and 10.

Timetable (HIGH RAIL Hoshizora)

KobuchizawaKomoro
18:17 (17:09)21:39 (20:14)

*Departure time 17:09 and arrival time 20:14 are applied on Mar 2, 3, 9 and 10.

JR Central (Chubu, Tokai and Hokuriku)

Overnight Rapid Moonlight Nagara

This is very popular and hard to book a seat. This train does not have any non reserved seat. You cannot take this train without seat reservation. This train is operated by old type Limited Express train set. But there is no berth or compartment.

Operation dates
To Ogaki – Mar 15-23
To Tokyo – Mar 16-24

Timetable

stationstimestationstime
Tokyo23:10Ogaki22:48
Shinagawa23:18Gifu22:59
Yokohama23:36Nagoya23:20
Odawara00:31Toyohashi00:17
Numazu01:08Hamamatsu00:55
Shizuoka01:50Shizuoka01:55
Hamamatsu03:11Numazu03:19
Nagoya05:24Yokohama04:41
Gifu05:42Shinagawa04:58
Ogaki05:50Tokyo05:05

If you are looking for more information about Moonlight Nagara, please see the post, Rapid train Moonlight Nagara.

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JR West (Kansai, Hokuriku and Chugoku)

Hanayome Noren

This is new train that will start to run in this fall in Kanazawa. This train takes you to Wakura Onsen in Noto peninsula.

Operation dates

Mar 1-3.8-10.15-18.21-26.29-31
Apr 1.2.5-7.12-14.19-21.26~30
May 1-7.10-12.17-19.24-26.31
Jun 1.2.7-9.14-16.21-23.28-30

Timetable

KanazawaWakura Onsen
#110:1511:42
#314:1515:32
Wakura OnsenKanazawa
#212:0713:21
#416:3017:54

The train makes stops at Nanao and Hakui. All seats are reserved. You cannot take this train without booking.

Belles montagnes et mer

This is new train that will start to run in this fall in Takaoka. This train runs on both Himi line and Johana line.

Operation dates
Himi line (between Takaoka and Himi)
Mar 3.10.17.24.31
Apr 7.14.21.28
May 5.12.19.26
Jun 2.9.16.23.30
Johana line (between Takaoka and Johana)
Mar 2.9.16.23.30
Apr 6.13.20.27
May 4.11.18.25
Jun 1.8.15.22.29

Timetable

Shin-TakaokaHimi
#110:0110:55
#313:5414:58
HimiShin-Takaoka/Takaoka
#211:0512:10
#415:1515:48*

Train #4 runs between Himi and Takaoka only. It does not go to Shin-Takaoka.
Train makes stops at Takaoka, Fushiki and Amaharashi.

TakaokaJohana
#519:3810:22
#5313:0813:55
JohanaTakaoka
#5210:4211:30
#5414:1014:59

Train makes stops at Shin-Takaoka, Tonami, Fukuno and Fukumitsu.

Hello Kitty Shinkansen

This is one of scheduled Kodama train that is operated by specialized “Hello Kitty” wrapping fleet.
This train will be introduced in the end of June.

Operation dates
Mar 1-10.14-22.24-31
Apr 1.5-12.14-22.26-30
May 1-19.23-31
Jun 1-11.15-30

Timetable

HakataHiroshimaOkayamaShin-Osaka
Kodama 7306:408:139:5711:13
Shin-OsakaOkayamaHiroshimaHakata
Kodama 74111:2912:3213:5515:38

This train stops at all stations between Shin-Osaka and Hakata on Sanyo Shinkansen line.

OO (maru maru) no Hanashi

This train runs along the coast of Sea of Japan. Please check the images at the following link:
JR West official site

Operation dates
Weekend and holidays until the end of June except March 21.

Timetable

Shin
Shimonoseki
ShimonosekiNagatoshiHigashi
Hagi
9:5910:08/10:2112:18/12:2212:57
Higashi
Hagi
NagatoshiShimonosekiShin
Shimonoseki
14:1315:31/15:3317:39/17:4317:50
to Higashi-Hagito Shimonoseki
Shin-Shimonoseki09:5917:50
Shimonoseki10:2117:39
Kawatana-Onsen10:5317:03
Ogushi10:5816:59
Takibe11:2616:33
Kottoi11:3216:27
Hitomaru11:5315:58
Nagatoshi12:2215:33
Senzaki15:27
Hagi12:5214:20
Higashi-Hagi12:5714:13

Ametsuchi

This is the newest sightseeing train by JR West. This train runs in San’in region between Tottori and Izumoshi. Please check the images at the following link:
JR West official site

Operation dates
Mar 2-4.9-11.16-18.23-25.30.31
Apr 1.5-8.13-15.20-22.28-30
May 1.2.4-6.11-13.18-20.24-27
Jun 1-3.8-10.14-17.22-24.29.30
Jul 1.5-7.13-15.20-22.26-29
Aug 5.9.23-26.30.31
Sep 1.2.7-9.14-16.21-23.28.29

Timetable

to Izumoshito Tottori
Tottori09:0017:36
Kurayoshi09:5416:36
Yonago11:0615:35
Yasugi11:1615:22
Matsue11:4514:43
Tamatsukuri-Onsen14:26
Izumoshi12:4713:41

SL Yamaguchi

SL Yamaguchi is one of most popular train by steam locomotive. (C) soryofu / JNTO

This train is operated by C57 type steam locomotive between Shin-Yamaguchi and Tsuwano. This train has only reserved seat. (Japanese site link)

Operation dates
Mar 23.24.30.31
Apr 6.7.13.14.20.21.27-30
May 1-6.11.12.18.19.25.26
Jun 1.2.8.9.15.16.22.23
Jul 20.21.27.28
Aug 1-4.10-12.17.18.24.25.31
Sep 1.7.8.14-16.21-23.28.29
Oct 5.6.12-14.19.20.26.27
Nov 2-4.9.10.16.17.24

Timetable

to Tsuwanoto Shin-
Yamaguchi
Shin-Yamaguchi10:5017:30
Yuda-Onsen11:0617:14
Yamaguchi11:1317:09
Niho11:34
Shinome11:5716:42
Chomonkyo12:0316:32
Jifuku12:31
Nabekura12:3616:13
Tokusa12:4316:07
Tsuwano12:5915:45

JR Shikoku (Shikoku)

Shiman Torokko

This train is operated by the open-air fleet and runs along Shimanto river which is one of the most beautiful stream in Japan.

Operation dates
Mar 21.23.24.30.31
Apr 6.7.13.14.20.21.27-30
May 1-6.11.12.18.1925.26

Timetable

Uwajima 11:39 – Kubokawa 14:22
Kubokawa 15:01 – Uwajima 17:24
*This train stops at all stations between these stations.

JR Kyushu (Kyushu)

Limited Express Yufuin-no-Mori

The newer fleet KIHA 72 series is used for two round trips of Yufuin no Mori.

It is very popular train that connect Hakata and Yufuin. This train runs daily basis but some of trips do not run due to the annual inspection.

Station/train#HakataKurumeYufuinOitaBeppu
#109:2409:5911:36
#310:2410:5812:3413:2313:36
#514:3515:0716:44
Station/train#BeppuOitaYufuinKurumeHakata
#212:0913:4514:16
#414:4114:5915:5017:3018:06
#617:0818:4719:18

Train #1, #2, # 5 and #6 will not run on the following dates:
Mar 5-7
Apr 15-17.23-25
Jul 16.18
Oct 15-17.21-23
Year 2020 Jan 14-16

Train #3 and #4 will not run on the following dates:
May 8-Jul 11
Sep 24-26
Dec 16-20

Limited Express Aso Boy!

This train suppose to run between Mt. Aso and Kumamoto by the train that have the panoramic windows at the both end. But due to massive earthquake in last year, this segment is still closed. This train will run between Beppu and Asp.

This train has only reserved seat. Please see the post, Access to Mt. Aso from Kumamoto. Kids friendly train, Limited Express Aso Boy! to get the details about this train.

Operation dates
Mar 2.3.8-10.15-17.21-31
Apr 1-7.12-14.19-21.26-30
May 1-6.10-12.17-19.24-26.31
Jun 1.2.8.9.14-16.21-23.28-30
Jul 5-7.12-15.19-22.26-31
Aug 2-5.8-19.23-26.30.31
Sep 1.7.8.13-16.20-23.27-30
Oct 1-14.18-20.25-27
Nov 1-4.8-10.15-17.22-24.29.30
Dec 1.7.8.13-15.20-23.27-31
Year 2020
Jan 1-5.10-13.17-19.24-31
Feb 1.2.7-11.14-16.21-23.28.29

Timetable

Station/train#BeppuOitaAso
#9210:0510:2912:20
Station/train#AsoOitaBeppu
#9115:1117:0117:11

This train makes a stop at Nakahanda, Miemachi, Ogata, Bungo-Takeda, Bugoogi and Miyaji too.

Limited Express Umisachi-Yamasachi

Limited Express train Umisachi-Yamasachi is operated by refurbished KIHA125 series.
Limited Express train Umisachi-Yamasachi runs southern Kyushu along Nichina coast.

This train goes through Nichinan coastline. Please see the details at my post.

Operation dates
Mar 1-3.8-10.15-17.21-31
Apr 1-7.13.14.19-21.26-30
May 1-6.11.12.18.19.25.26
Jun 1.2.8.9.15.16.22.23.29.30
Jul 6.7.13-15.20-23.25-30
Aug 1-6.8-20.22-27.29-31
Sep 1.7.8.14-16.21-23.28.29
Oct 4-6.11-14.19.20.26.27
Nov 2-4.9.10.16.17.23.24.30
Dec 1.7.8.14.15.21-23.27-31
In 2020
Jan 1-5.11-13.18.19.24-27.31
Feb 1.2.7-11.14-16.21-23.28.29

Timetable

Stationsto Nangoto Miyazaki
Miyazaki (宮崎)10:1117:15
Minami-Miyazaki (南宮崎)10:1717:10
Aoshima (青島)10:3616:48
Kitago (北郷)11:0316:22
Obi (飫肥)11:12-11:2216:00-16:12
Aburatsu (油津)11:3215:50
Nango (南郷)11:4715:35

This train makes stops at Tayoshi, Kodomo no Kuni amd Nichinan too.

A Ressha de Iko (A列車で行こう=Take the ‘A’ train)

Ltd Exp A Train runs between Kumamoto and Misumi is not covered by Northern area pass. (C) Jonathan Ayre

This train connects Kumamoto with Misumi. Misumi is the gateway station for Amakusa. JR Kyushu add one more trip after March 16.

Operation dates
Mar 9.10.16.17.23.24.30.31
Apr 6.7.13.14.20.21.27-30
May 1-6.11.12.18.19.25.26
Jun 1.2.8.9.15.16.22.23.29.30
Jul 6.7.13-15.20-22.26-29
Aug 2-5.9-19.23-26.30.31
Sep 1.7.8.14-16.21-23.27-30
Oct 4-7.11-14.19.20.26.27
Nov 2-4.9.10.16.17.23.24.30
Dec 1.7.8.14.15.21-23.28-31
In 2020
Jan 1-5.11-13.18.19.25.26
Feb 1.2.8-11.15.16.22.23.29

Only two round trips, #1,#2,#5 and #6 will run on the following dates:
Mar 25-29
Apr 1-5.26
Jul 12.19.30.31
Aug 1.6-8.20-22.27-29
Sep 6.13.20
Oct 1-3.8-10.18.25
Nov 1.8.15.22.29
Dec 6.13.20.27
In 2020
Jan 24.27-31

Timetable

Station/train#KumamotoUtoMisumi
#110:3510:4511:12
#312:2312:3613:03
#514:3714:4715:15
Station/train#MisumiUtoKumamoto
#211:2011:4611:57
#413:5014:2214:31
#616:1916:5117:01

Limited Express Hayato no Kaze

Hayato no Kaze (C) JP Rail

This train runs between Kagoshima-Chuo and Yoshimatsu. It currently runs as the scheduled train and it runs everyday. However after March 17, this train will runs as the seasonal train. Please see the details at Limited Express Hayato no Kaze.

Operation dates
Mar 2.3.9.10.15-31
Apr 1-7.13.14.20.21.27-30
May 1-6.11.12.18.19.25.26
Jun 1.2.8.9.15.16.22.23.29.30
Jul 6.7.13-15.20-31
Aug 1-31
Sep 1.7.8.14-16.21-23.28.29
Oct 5.6.12-14.19.20.26.27
Nov 2-4.9.10.16.17.23.24.30
Dec 1.7.8.14.15.20-31
Year 2020
Jan 1-6.11-13.18.19.24-26.31
Feb 1.2.8-11.15.16.22.23.29

Timetable

Station/train#YoshimatsuKirishima
Onsen
KareigawaKagoshima
Chuo
#111:2511:5212:0312:53
#315:0115:3215:4316:44
Station/train#Kagoshima
Chuo
KareigawaKirishima
Onsen
Yoshimatsu
#209:2610:3010:4111:11
#413:2314:1814:2514:54

This train makes stops at Kurino, Osumi-Yokogawa, Hayato and Kagoshima too.

Rapid SL Hitoyoshi

This train is connects Kumamoto with Hitoyoshi by steam locomotive and specialized passenger’s cars.

Operation dates
Mar 16-18.22-25.28-31
Apr 1.2.4-7.12-14.19-2126-30
May 1.3-6.10-12.17-19.24-26.31
Jun 1.2.7-9.14-16.21-23.28-30
Jul 5-7.12-15.19-22.25-29
Aug 1-5.8-12.15-19.22-26.29-31
Sep 1.6-8.13-16.20-23.27-30
Oct 1.3-8.10-14.18-20.25-27
Nov 1-4

Timetable

Station/train#From Kumamoto
to Hitoyoshi
From Hitoyoshi
to Kumamoto
Kumamoto (熊本)09:4517:14
Shin-Yatsushiro (新八代)10:2516:30
Yatsushiro (八代)10:30/10:3616:23/16:25
Shiraishi (白石)11:18/11:2315:22/15:30
Isshochi (一勝地)11:38/11:4814:57/15:07
Hitoyoshi (人吉)12:0914:38

10 thoughts on “Summary of 2019 spring seasonal trains of JR trains”

  1. Hello Takeshi:
    I contacted you last year before my trip to Japan and your advice was very helpful. I’ll be in Japan again this year for a dedicated rail-fanning trip. I want to try as many seasonal/joyful trains as I can. I see that Genbi Shinkansen dates are only for March. Is the train not running in April ? Thank you.

      1. Takeshi:
        Hello again. I’ve been finalizing my rail itinerary and am confused about the operating days of various JR East Joyful trains. The information on JR East timetable is different from what you have listed. For example, at https://www.eki-net.com/pc/jreast-shinkansen-reservation/English/wb/common/timetable/e_joy_shirakami_u/index.html, Resort Shirakami, specifically Train #4 from Aomori to Akita, is showing as not operating on April 20 but your information is that it operates on that day.
        There are similar differences in operating dates for other trains.
        I hope it is the case that your information is more up to date or complete than compared to what is on the JR East timetable. Thank you again for your help.

        Amarjit

          1. Hi Takeshi:
            That is wonderful news for me to hear … and so quickly. I can now carry-on completing my itinerary.
            I look forward to the update on Genbi Shinkansen schedule for April.
            Dōmo arigatōgozaimashita!
            Amarjit

    1. Hi Grace,

      You cannot do it now. It’s on sale on the day of one month prior to the travel date.
      Online reservation is available for only Kyushu Rail Pass user. Otherwise you have to book it after you arrive in Japan. It’s hard to say how busy this train will be.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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