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Endless Excitement Awaits in Kyushu

Just two hours from Tokyo's Narita and Haneda airports, Kyushu is located in the southwestern part of Japan. From ancient times, the island has served as a gateway into the country, being the closest to other Asian countries both historically and geographically. From its temperate climate and abundant nature to the natural hot springs, fresh produce and the many monuments evoking Japan's rich history and culture, Kyushu offers an endless array of excitement for everyone. To fully experience all that the seven prefectures of Kyushu have to offer, take advantage of the efficient JR Kyushu tourist trains for an unforgettable train journey. For more information on Kyushu, visit the Kyushu Brand Site.

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Getting to Kyushu

Expansive network of domestic flights

ANA caters to your travel plans with an expansive domestic flight network to conveniently reach the six airports across Kyushu from Tokyo and other major cities around Japan.

Depart for your dream train journey with JR Kyushu D&S Trains.

D&S Trains, short for "Design & Story," take you on a spectacular journey with unique "designs" representing the individual areas of the train line and the "stories" rooted in these areas. Traveling on these special trains is in itself an unforgettable experience, as the D&S Trains dash through six train lines all around Kyushu carrying everyone's excitement.

01 Yufuin no Mori

Operating route
Between Hakata and Yufuin/Beppu
Nearest Airport
Fukuoka Airport

Resort train with warm wooden interior escorts you to the exquisite hot spring of Yufuin

The limited express Yufuin no Mori traverses from Hakata in Fukuoka Prefecture, the major hub of the Kyushu region, to Yufuin and Beppu, two of Japan's most popular hot spring destinations. The stylish green exterior, the retro-modern cabin interior, and large windows to enjoy the scenic view all make for an enjoyable trip. At the snack bar, passengers can purchase bento lunch boxes, sweets, and other original souvenirs. Indicative of Japanese hospitality and welcome, another popular feature is the subtle "omotenashi" photo service with cabin attendants.

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02 Aso Boy!

Operating route
Between Beppu and Aso
Nearest Airport
Oita Airport

A fun-filled train ride for everyone!

Like a moving amusement park, "Aso Boy!" is packed with fun for the entire family. Connecting Aso and Beppu, the train features a family car with a ball pit filled with smooth wooden balls, as well as a picture book corner and family seating. From the Panorama Section car, you can enjoy the stunning view of Aso's vast nature. Be sure to spot the cute train mascot Kuro greeting passengers at various sections.

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03 A-train

Operating route
Between Kumamoto and Misumi
Nearest Airport
Aso Kumamoto Airport

Retro stained glass windows and the sound of jazz make a train journey like a scene in a movie

Named after the famous jazz tune and also taking the first letter of the beautiful Amakusa area, the Limited Express A-train runs between Kumamoto City and Misumi, the entryway to the Amakusa Islands. The train is elegantly designed with a wooden interior and stained glass windows reminiscent of Western culture introduced to the area during the 16th century. Sit back and relax in the retro bar with specialty dekopon citrus highball as jazz music plays in the background in a train journey for adults.

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04 SL Hitoyoshi

Operating route
Between Kumamoto and Hitoyoshi
Nearest Airport
Aso Kumamoto Airport

Travel back in time in a nostalgic locomotive journey

Towed by the oldest steam locomotive in Japan, SL Hitoyoshi is the only such line still in operation in the Kyushu region, connecting Kumamoto Station and Hitoyoshi Station. Its powerful run through the countryside blowing smoke and blasting its whistle instantly evokes a feeling of nostalgia. Passengers can also enjoy a beautiful view of the Kuma River from the Observation Car with an elegant wooden design.

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05 Ibusuki no Tamatebako

Operating route
Between Kagoshima-Chuō and Ibusuki
Nearest Airport
Kagoshima Airport

The entire train is like an observation deck to enjoy the serene views

Designed according to the folk tale of the Dragon's Palace in the Satsuma Peninsula, the Limited Express Ibusuki no Tamatebako features a bold black and white exterior and bright wood-carving interiors with spacious seats. From the expansive windows, passengers can gaze at the serene ocean view. Complete with children's seating, this sightseeing train can be enjoyed by the entire family.

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06 Umisachi Yamasachi

Operating route
Between Miyazaki and Nangō
Nearest Airport
Miyazaki Bougainvillea Airport

Take in the abundant nature of the mountains and the seas from the train windows

The resort train Umisachi Yamasachi travels along the sparkling blue sea of Miyazaki and through the deep forest of Obi, letting in the tropical sunshine from its large windows. The local specialty lumber Obisugi cedar is used generously on both the train's exterior and interior, creating a warm and cozy feeling.

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