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. If you are thinking to visit Kyushu during your stay in Japan, I highly recommend riding “Yufuin no Mori”. Here, we introduce this sightseeing train you need and attracting.
Yufuin no Mori was started in March 11th, 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 views and when passing through these, the trains slows down and makes announcements in both Japanese and English to enrich your experience.
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.
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.
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)
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TIME TABLE FROM BEPPU (OITA)
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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 Hotel: Booking here!!