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Yufuin no Mori

Yufuin no Mori – A Scenic Get Away in Kyushu Japan

Yufuin no Mori is a wonderfully quaint train ride in Kyushu (Fukuoka - Oita) and it is a popular tourist destination. This train is specifically designed for sightseeing so you are guaranteed a good time.

Yufuin no Mori
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If you are thinking to visit Kyushu during your stay in Japan, I highly recommend riding Yufuin no Mori. What is Yufuin no Mori? To put it simply, it is a train. What makes it special is its design and purpose.

Yufuin no Mori is a sightseeing train. This does not mean it is only going to take you to sightseeing spots. On this train, the journey is just as important as the destination. Riding a train is part of the whole sightseeing experience.

Yufuin no Mori

Yufuin no Mori started on March 11, 1989 and is operated by JR Kyushu. It runs between Hakata Station in Fukuoka and Beppu Station in Oita. On the way to Beppu Station, it stops at a number of different stations. The route also takes you through a number of sightseeing spots and when passing through these, the trains slows down and makes announcements in both Japanese and English to enrich your experience.

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Just like I mentioned earlier, the journey is just as important as the destinations. The train’s atmosphere is what really makes the journey special. It has a vintage yet modern feel to it. The aesthetics are focused on creating an atmosphere that matches the surrounding scenery. This is done successfully through the wonderful wooden accents throughout the train cabins. When you step into the train, it feels as if you have been taken back in time. While still possessing many of the modern amenities much like the bullet train, the antique design really brings a warm nostalgic feeling.

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There are a variety of different seating options available. There are standard seats, box seat with a table (advance reservation required), and bar seating in the lounge car. The sightseeing lounge car is really something special. The interior is entirely wooden, featuring giant windows from floor to ceiling offering the perfect view. It is also equipped with tables and bar seating to enjoy the meals or a nice cup of tea (or beer!). Food and beverages are sold in a different area. Options range from light snacks to Bento (lunch box), dessert options are also available. Souvenirs can also be purchased here.

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Kyushu really has a lot to offer from Onsen to beautiful scenery. In my opinion, Yufuin no Mori is the best way to really enjoy and see everything Kyushu has to offer.


Time Table From Hakata (Fukuoka)

Yufuin no Mori 1
09:24am  Hakata
09:37am  Futsukaichi
09:50am  Tosu
10:01am  Kurume
10:41am  Hita
10:54am  Amagase
11:08am  Bungomori
11:36am  Yufuin
–              Oita
–              Beppu


Yufuin no Mori 3
10:25am  Hakata
10:37am  Futsukaichi
10:50am  Tosu
10:58am  Kurume
11:40am  Hita
11:52am  Amagase
12:08am  Bungomori
12:34am  Yufuin
13:22am  Oita
13:35am  Beppu


Yufuin no Mori 5
02:35pm  Hakata
02:47pm  Futsukaichi
03:00pm  Tosu
03:07pm  Kurume
03:50pm  Hita
04:03pm  Amagase
04:18pm  Bungomori
04:44pm  Yufuin
–              Oita
–              Beppu


Time Table From Beppu (Oita)

Yufuin no Mori 2
–              Beppu
–              Oita
12:09pm  Yufuin
12:39pm  Bungomori
12:52pm  Amagase
01:03pm  Hita
01:45pm  Kurume
01:53pm  Tosu
02:04pm  Futsukaichi
02:16pm  Hakata


Yufuin no Mori 4
02:39pm  Beppu
02:55pm  Oita
03:50pm  Yufuin
04:18pm  Bungomori
04:32pm  Amagase
04:47pm  Hita
05:29pm  Kurume
05:36pm  Tosu
05:52pm  Futsukaichi
06:07pm  Hakata


Yufuin no Mori 6
–              Beppu
–              Oita
05:06pm  Yufuin
05:34pm  Bungomori
05:47pm  Amagase
06:01pm  Hita
06:47pm  Kurume
06:54pm  Tosu
07:06pm  Futsukaichi
07:17pm   Hakata

* These timetables for Mar 3rd, 2016 ~ Feb 28th, 2017


Yufuin no Mori

Adult : Basic fare ticket 2810 JPY + Express fare ticket 1740 JPY = Total 4550 JPY (one way)

Child : Basic fare ticket 1400 JPY + Express fare ticket 870 JPY = Total 2270 JPY (one way)
*I highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance because tickets often sell out. Even on weekdays the train is usually full.

*You should check the latest timetables before going.

Website : Yufuin no Mori


1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Phil

    April 29, 2016 at 8:12 am

    I used to live in Kyushu! I rode this a few times and the author really captures the feeling! Great article! Keep up the good work!

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