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kyoto kyuhu 9 days

Kyoto Kyuhu 9 days

Hi we have approximately 9 days in Kyushu region and we will be travelling from Kyoto and we will have following questions regarding the optimal plan using / not using JR

  1. Should we buy 7 days JR pass and use it from Kyoto to Kyushu and then travelling with this pass in Kyushu or should we get Kyushu JR pass itself
  2. if we want to buy Kyushu JR pass itself, can we buy directly in Kyushu?

  3. With Japan JR pass, can we take a train from Kumamoto to Beppu? Which train is available?

  4. How can we travel from Beppu to Fukuoka? Which is chepest transportaion option?

thanks

tiger
tiger

Hi there!

1.) A ticket from Kyoto - Fukuoka is ¥ 15,210, this is already more than half the price of a 7 day JR Pass, so depending on your travel in Kyushu it may be worth it.

2.) The JR Pass can only be purchased outside of Japan but the Kyushu pass can be purchased within Kyushu.

3.) There are different route which you can take, I would recommend using the JR Kyushu limited express directly from Kumamoto to Beppu and is covered by the JR Pass.

4.) If you have a JR Pass take the train from Buppu - Kokura and the Shinkansen to Fukuoka (Hakata) from there. Alternatively there are express buses that run between both cities and cost around 2,000yen.

Hope this helps!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hi Daniel

Thanks for the quick reply. Further question..

  1. I guess we can use JR pass directly from Kyoto to Kumamoto? Right? Is this a direct Shikansen from Kyoto to Kumamoto?

  2. Is the map in this website shows all available train route for JR Pass?

thanks
tiger

tiger
tiger

Hi Tiger,

1.) You can take the Shinkansen all the way from Kyoto but this may involve 1 or sometimes 2 transfers at Shin-Osaka and or Hakata.

2.) You can use Hyperdia for online planning and a great interactive map which you can use to look up all lines covered.

Hope this helps too!
Daniel

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