Japon

The Kyushu Shinkansen

Go south from Fukuoka to Kagoshima

kyushu bullet train

Kagoshima with the Kyushu Shinkansen
Since 2011, the Kyushu Shinkansen has a new extension providing services from Hakata (Fukuoka Station) to Kagoshima ( 257 km) : 
- How to go from Fukuoka to Kumamoto ? 
- How to go from Kumamoto to Kagoshima ? 

The Tsubame shinkansen is the shinkansen that runs between Hakata and Kagoshima and stops at all stations.

The Sakura shinkansen is sometimes connected to Shin Osaka and most of them do not stop between Kurume and Kumamoto. The name "Sakura" recalls the flowering of cherry trees so popular in Japan. It was also the name of an express train linking Tokyo and Nagasaki until 2005.
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Kyushu shinkansen map with a Japan Rail Pass
The Mizuho shinkansen is the fastest train stopping only at Hakata, Kumamoto and Kagoshima. Please note that JRP holders cannot take the Mizuho.

The stations on the train line are as follows :

  • Shin-Tosu
  • Kurume
  • Chikugo Funagoya
  • Shin-Omuta
  • Shin-Tamana
  • Kumamoto
  • Shin-Yatsuhiro
  • Shin-Minamata
  • Izumi
  • Sendai
Kyushu shinkansen interior
If by chance you travel on a shinkansen 800, you will discover the beautiful japanese art and crafts decoration.


Please note that starting from May 2020, a seat reservation near the luggage area will be MANDATORY in the shinkansen of the Tokaido, Sanyo and Kyushu lines if the sum of the dimensions of your luggage exceeds 160 cm. In addition, the total height + width + depth of each item must be less than 250 cm.

Your Pass at the best price

National JR Pass From $ 359
JR Kansai Pass From $ 28
JR Kyushu Pass From $ 185
JR Shikoku Pass From $ 109
JR West Pass From $ 235
JR Hokkaido Pass From $ 211
JR Central Pass From $ 173
JR East Pass From $ 326