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Kyushu Shinkansen Train

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The Kyushu Railway Company presents the Kyushu Shinkansen, a Japanese high-speed train often referred to as a bullet train. Launched in 2004, rail the line connects the district of Hakata in Fukuoka Prefecture with the city of Kagoshima, located on the western tip of Kyushu Island (Japan’s southernmost and 3rd-biggest island).

There are two kinds of Kyushu Shinkansen trains presently serving the Hakata to Kagoshima route: the 800 Series and N700 Series. Both trains boast a maximum operating speed of 260kms per hour. Most Kyushu trains provide two seating class options: “Ordinary Car” (basically standard class) and “Green Car” (much like first or business class).

The Kyushu route spans approximately 257 kilometres, with an average travel time of 1 hour, 20 minutes. En route, the train makes a brief stop in several cities which include Kurume, Shin-Omuta, Kumamoto and Izumi (Kagoshima).

Simply purchase a Kyushu Rail Pass  to board the Kyushu Shinkansen. This convenient, flexible pass lets you explore the entire island of Kyushu by train or just a specific area of Northern Kyushu. Available as 3 or 5 consecutive travel day passes.

Get your pass to exceptional value and flexibility as you plan an exciting journey through the captivating Kyushu region of Japan!

Why choose travel on Kyushu Shinkansen trains?
Types of Kyushu Shinkansen trains

800 Series

N700 Series

Train services and amenities
  • Spacious, comfortable seats capable of swiveling 180 degrees
  • 3x2 row seat layout in Ordinary Class; 2x2 row seat layout in Green Car Class
  • Layout: 8-car trains
  • Signs and announcements in multiple languages
  • Catering services onboard including food carts with snacks, drinks and meals plus vending machines
  • Multiple-toilet washroom facilities
  • Most trains are non-smoking
Route itinerary

From: Hakata to Kagoshima
Train stations: Hakata and Kagoshima-Chuo
All stops: Hakata, Shin-Tosu, Kurume, Chikugo-Funagoya, Shin-Omuta, Shin-Tamana, Kumamoto, Shin-Yatsushiro, Shin-Minamata, Izumi, Sendai and Kagoshima-Chuo
Estimated travel time: 80mins.
Travel included with a: Kyushu Rail Pass


Passengers are allowed two pieces of luggage, up to a maximum weight of 60 kg and having total dimensions measuring no more than 250 cm (based on height, length and width). Delivery services are available.


Bicycles are permitted at no extra cost but must be folded or disassembled and packed inside carrying cases.


Small pets including dogs, cats and birds are allowed onboard. However, they must travel in a cage or similar container no bigger than 90 cm (based on height and length) and must weigh less than 10 kg.


Passengers in wheelchairs have access to special seating on the train but must make a request at the station they are boarding from 2 days in advance. Wheelchairs must conform to maximum size requirements and those with steering wheels are generally not allowed. Elevators and escalators at stations are wheelchair-friendly. Strollers can be carried onboard at no extra charge, as long as they are folded and placed either in front of the seat or in the designated luggage compartment.

Rail passes for travel on Kyushu Shinkansen trains in Japan
Kyushu Rail Pass

Kyushu Rail Pass

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