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How to get to Kyūshū

Kyūshū can be visited in one day if you come from the Osaka area, thanks to the fast Shinkansen network, but if you go further into the island, especially to the south, you will prefer to stay a few days inside the island so you do not have to spend hours on the trains and explore more local and beautiful spots.

From TokyoFrom OsakaFrom NagoyaFrom the North

If you have the Japan Rail Pass, you can of course travel from Tokyo to Hakata (the Sanyo Shinkansen terminus, 1050 km south of Tokyo). Although there is a direct train, without changes, in about 4 hours, with the Japan Rail Pass it is not possible to use it, as it is the Nozomi train (one of the inhibited ones, if you are a foreigner using a Japan Rail Pass); therefore, you will need to make a change to Shin-Osaka.

Summing up, going in one go from Tokyo to Kyūshū by train takes a long time and, even more so, if you do not have the JR Pass, you may want to take one of the frequent flights from Tokyo (in red, low cost air carriers).

From Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Fukuoka (FUK): ANA, Jal, Skymark, Starflyer

From Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Fukuoka (FUK): ANA, Jal, Peach Aviation, Jetstar Japan

From Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Kitakyushu (KKJ): ANA, Jal, Starflyer

From Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Saga (HSG): ANA

From Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Saga (HSG): Spring Air Japan

From Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Oita (OIT): ANA, Jal, Solaseed

From Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Oita (OIT): Jetstar Japan

From Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Nagasaki (NGS): ANA, Jal, Solaseed

From Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Kumamoto (KKJ): ANA, Jal, Solaseed

From Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Kumamoto (KKJ): Jetstar Japan

From Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Miyazaki (KMI): ANA, Jal, Solaseed

From Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Miyazaki (KMI): Jetstar Japan

From Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Kagoshima (KOJ): ANA, Jal, Starflyer, Solaseed

From Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Kagoshima (KOJ): Jetstar Japan

From Osaka, arriving by train in Kyūshū is now more feasible. Please refer to this table below for travel times.

Distance between Shin-Osaka and the main cities of Kyūshū

Destination Needed time Approximate cost*
Hakata (Fukuoka) 2,5 hours 15000 JPY
Kumamoto 3 hours 20 minutes 18600 JPY
Kagoshima-Chūō 4 hours 20 minutes 21900 JPY
Nagasaki (with a change) 5 hours 19100 JPY
Beppu (with a change) 4 hours 17100 JPY
Miyazaki (with a change) 7 hours 30 minutes 20000 JPY

* the cost refers to a Shinkansen ticket with reserved seat. With the Japan Rail Pass, there is no surcharge.

If you prefer to fly (in red, low cost):

From Osaka Itami (ITM) to Fukuoka (FUK): ANA, Jal, Ibex

From Osaka Kansai (KIX) to Fukuoka (FUK): ANA, Peach Aviation, Jetstar Japan

From Osaka Itami (ITM) to Oita (OIT): ANA, Jal, IBEX

From Osaka Itami (ITM) to Nagasaki (NGS): ANA, Jal

From Osaka Kansai (KIX) to Nagasaki (NGS): Peach Aviation

From Osaka Itami (ITM) to Kumamoto (KKJ): ANA, Jal

From Osaka Itami (ITM) to Miyazaki (KMI): ANA, Jal

From Osaka Kansai (KIX) to Miyazaki (KMI): Peach Aviation

From Osaka Itami (ITM) to Kagoshima (KOJ): ANA, Jal

From Osaka Kansai (KIX) to Kagoshima (KOJ): Peach Aviation

If you use the Shinkansen, travel time from Shin-Osaka, add about an hour.

Nagoya provides the following direct flights to Kyushu:

From Nagoya Centrair (NGO) to Fukuoka (FUK): ANA, Jal, Jetstar Japan, Starflyer, FDA

From Nagoya Komaki (NKM) to Fukuoka (FUK): ANA, Jal

From Nagoya Centrair (NGO) to Kitakyushu (KKJ): FDA, Jal, Starflyer

From Nagoya Centrair (NGO) to Oita (OIT): ANA

From Nagoya Centrair (NGO) to Nagasaki (NGS): ANA

From Nagoya Centrair (NGO) to Kumamoto (KKJ): ANA, Jal, FDS

From Nagoya Centrair (NGO) to Miyazaki (KMI): ANA

From Nagoya Centrair (NGO) to Kagoshima (KOJ): ANA, Jetstar Japan

You can take one of the following flights:

From Sendai (SDJ) to Fukuoka (FUK): ANA, Jal, Ibex

From Niigata (KIJ) to Fukuoka (FUK): ANA, Jal, FDA

From Sapporo (KIJ) to Fukuoka (FUK): ANA, Jal, Skymark, Peach Aviation

How to get around within Kyūshū

Kyūshū, on its western side, is vertically crossed by the Kyūshū Shinkansen, for about 280 km between Hakata and Kagoshima-Chuo.
Many trains continue to Shin-Osaka with the service Sakura and Mizuho (the latter foreclosed to users of Japan Rail Pass).

The Shinkansen network is completed by an efficient network of Limited Express trains that in particular travel along the eastern shore, passing from Oita, Beppu, Miyazaki and finally joining them with Kagoshima.

If you love traveling by train, and photographing them, know that JR Kyushu has invested heavily on railway tourism. You can find very special and singular trains, like Aso Boy, decorated with a canine mascot, the nostalgic Yufuin no mori, the Sonic, reminiscent of the German ICE, while another version of it seems inspired by the French TGV, up to the luxurious Nanatsuboshi, a “cruise train”, which for a few thousand dollars will take you around the island for a few days, depending on the packages.

Rail Pass

Kyushu also has its own dedicated train passes:

  1. Japan Rail Pass Kyushu (All Area)
  2. Japan Rail Pass Kyushu (north)
  3. Japan Rail Pass Kyushu (south)

For further information, see the JR Kyushu (English) site at this link.

Finally, a good news for some of you: JR Kyushu offers a discounted price for the “Ryugakusei Pass”, a train pass for students who live in Japan with a student visa.
The information is related to 2011 (when one of the authors of the site used it), but it seems that it is still available. In case, let us know!

URL in Japanese.


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