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From Kyushu to Kansai

looneylemon
looneylemon
over 5 years ago
5 responses

Hi,

Need your kind advice.

Is it a right move to get JR Pass to be used in Kyushu? I would like to hop on a speed train that will leave near Kushima-shi (where my friends stay), and go onwards to West Japan. I am thinking to plonk myself in a hotel in Kyoto and do day trips.

Would it be safe to say that from Kyoto,Himeji, Hiroshima, and Miyajima are a couple of hours away?

Does the trains run in the midnight? Another option is to sleep in trains, and save on accomodation.

your advise is most appreciated in advance.

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mari
1951 posts
over 5 years ago
Expert button 2

Hi there,

Yes! - you will have complete coverage in Kyushu with the JR Pass. However, there is no high speed train from Kushima-shi I'm afraid - you would have to use local lines to get to a bullet train terminal.

The nearest bullet train station is at Kagoshima-chuo, which is around 2hrs away by car:


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You can also get to Kagoshima-chuo by rail, but it will take around 5 hours:


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From Kagoshima you can travel up country incredibly easily (Hiroshima in 2h46m, Kyoto in 4h44m), but you'll need to get to Kagoshima-chuo station first!

The Japanese train system generally closes down around 11pm, and I'm afraid sleepers do not go as far as Kushima. If possible I recommend planning on overnighting somewhere - possibly Miyajima/Fukuoka?

Hope this helps!

looneylemon
looneylemon
5 posts
over 5 years ago

Many thanks Mari! reatly appreciate this great information. Thanks for your help for my 2 questions!


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