Summary of 2019 summer seasonal trains of JR trains

Summer is very hot and humid in Japan. It is not the best season to travel. However summer is very busy travel season. In Japan, most public schools have summer break from July 20 to August 31. This period is busier than usual. Especially mid August is called “Obon”. This is one of the busiest season. Many local residents go back to hometown and spend the time with their family. It is Japanese tradition. Many of trains are booked out very quickly. Please see the link below to learn more:

All JR companies add lots of seasonal trains during all summer season. In this post, I show you many seasonal trains that will run in major tourist spots between July and September.

*If you look for the seasonal train schedule until June, please see the following link:

*Fall seasonal train schedule (October and November) will come up in late August. But you can find some of JR Kyushu train schedules until February, 2020.

JR Hokkaido (Hokkaido area)

Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko train

Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko train goes through Kushiro marsh. (C) 640px-Kushiro_shitugen_norokko_train / 欅
Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko train goes through Kushiro marsh. (C) 640px-Kushiro_shitugen_norokko_train / 欅

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
July 1-31
August 1-31
September 1-10, 14-23

Train runs one round trip (train #1 and #2) only on these following dates:
September 24-30

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
July 1-5
August 5-18,24,25,31
September 1,7,8,14-16,21-23
Train runs one round trip (#3, #4) only on those above dates.

July 6-31
August 1-4
Train runs two round trips on these above dates.

Timetable

Train#SapporoFurano
#107:5209:49
#309:0711:07
Train#FuranoSapporo
#215:2017:22
#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

Furano Biei Norokko train goes on Furano line. (C) 800px-Norokkogou-furano-biei / Birdman
Furano Biei Norokko train takes you one of most popular spot, Furano and Biei. (C) 800px-Norokkogou-furano-biei / Birdman

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
July 1-31
August 1-18,24,25,31
September 1,7,8,14-16,21-23

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.

Furano Biei

This train runs on exactly same segment as Furano Biei Norokko train but this train is operated by the ordinary train fleet.

Operation dates
July 6-31
August 1-12

Timetable

AsahikawaFurano
10:2912:00
FuranoAsahikawa
12:2014:12

*This train stop at Biei, Bibaushi, Kami-Furano, Lavender-Batake and Naka-Furano.

Kazekko Soya

This train is operated by JR East special fleet “Byu Coaster Kazekko” between Asahikawa, Otoineppu and Wakkanai.

Operation dates and timetable of train #1 and #2
July 27,28
August 3,4,10-12

Train #WakkanaiOtoineppu
#207:5512:02
Train #OtoineppuWakkanai
#113:2216:55

*This train stop at Minami-Wakkanai, Toyotomi, Horonobe, Teshio-Nakagawa and only train #2 stops at Onoppunai.

Operation dates and timetable of train #3 and #4
August 17,18,24,25,31
September 1,7,8

Train #AsahikawaOtoineppu
#307:1812:26
Train #OtoineppuAsahikawa
#413:0017:43

*This train stop at Shin-Asahikawa (#4 only), Pippu, Wassamu, Kenbuchi (#3 only), Shibetsu, Nayoro and Bifuka .

Limited Express Niseko

This limited express train runs between Sapporo and Hakodate but this train goes through northern line via Otaru, Kutchan and Niseko.

Operation dates
August 31
September 1,5,11,14-16

Timetable

SapporoHakodate
07:5713:40
HakodateSapporo
13:5819:27

*This train stop at Teine, Otaru, Yoichi, Kutchan, Niseko, Konbu, Kuromatsunai, Oshamambe, Mori, Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto and Goryokaku.

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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
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.

SL Banetsu Monogatari

It is operated by one of the legendary steam locomotive “C57” and the old style carriages between Niitsu and Aizu-Wakamatsu.

Operation dates
July 27,28
August 10,11,13,14,17,18,24,25,31
September 1,7,8,14,15,21,22,28,29

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

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

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 – 14:09 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

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
Jul 6.13.20.31
Aug 3.7.10.17.24.31
Sep 7.14.21.28

For Hanamaki
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

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

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

Jul 19-21
Aug 16-18
Sep 20-23

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

Ryuto Shu*Kura

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.

Rapid Resort Shirakami

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

Operation dates and timetable

Station/train#AkitaAomoriOperation date
18:2013:29Jul 1-31
Aug 1-31
Sep 1-30
513:5219:40Jul 1-31
Aug 1-24.30
Sep 1-30
Station/train#AomoriAkitaOperation date
28:0913:27Jul 1-31
Aug 1-25.31
Sep 1-30
413:5118:56Jul 1-31
Aug 1-31
Sep 1-30
Station/train#AkitaHirosakiOperation date
310:5115:49Jul 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
616:0620:41Jul 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

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:

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

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)

Timetable (HIGH RAIL Hoshizora)

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

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 – August 1-17
To Tokyo – August 2-18

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
Ogaki05:45Tokyo05:05

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

July 5-7,12-15,19-23,26-30
August 2-6,9-13,16-19,23-27,30,31
September 1,6-8,13-16,20-23,27-30

Timetable

KanazawaWakura Onsen
#110:1511:42
#314:1515:32
Wakura OnsenKanazawa
#212:0813:21
#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)
July 7.14.21.28
August 4.11.18.25
September 1

Johana line (between Takaoka and Johana)
July 6.13.20.27
August 3.10.17.24.31

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
July 1-5.7.11-28
August 1-19.23-31
September 1-9.13-30

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 the Sanyo Shinkansen line.

Setouchi Marine View

The exterior of Setouchi Marine View

This train runs along the coast of Setonaikai sea between Hiroshima and Mihara via Kure.

Operation dates
Weekend and holidays from July 6 to September 29. But the train runs everyday in August.

Timetable

HiroshimaKureTakeharaMihara
10:0310:52/10:5311:50/11:5312:27
MiharaTakeharaKureHiroshima
14:2615:00/15:0616:35/16:4017:22

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 from July 6 to September 29

Timetable

to Higashi-Hagito Shimonoseki
Shin-Shimonoseki09:5917:50
Shimonoseki10:08/10:2117:39/17:43
Kawatana-Onsen10:5317:03
Ogushi10:5816:59
Takibe11:2616:33
Kottoi11:3216:27
Hitomaru11:5315:58
Nagatoshi12:18/12:2215:31/15:33
Senzaki14:5615:27
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
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
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
July 13-15,20-31
August 1-25,31
September 1,7,8,14-16,21-23,28,29

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:
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
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
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
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:
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
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
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

6 thoughts on “Summary of 2019 summer seasonal trains of JR trains”

  1. Hi Takeshi, I saw some years before an extra Sunrise sleeper train (I think train number was Sunrise 92?) was operated in Summer period. is that the case this year? And if so, until what date does it operate?

    1. Hi Simon,

      Sunrise Izumo 92 (Izumoshi 15:33 – Tokyo 6:23) will run on August 8th and 17th.
      Sunrise Izumo 91 (Tokyo 22:21 – Izumoshi 13:07) will run on August 9th and 18th.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Will it be possible to ride the Kirakira uetsu using
    A. Kirakira Nihonkai pass by buying a reserved seat ticket?
    B. Seishun 18 kippu + buying a reserved seat ticket?

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