The Yufuin no Mori
The Yufuin no Mori sightseeing train (kanko ressha) has the highest ridership of all of Kyushu’s sightseeing trains. It connects Fukuoka (Hakata) to Oita, with the target destination being the small resort town of Yufuin, nestled among the craggy peaks of the Kyushu Mountain Range.
The Yufuin no Mori trains started running in the early 90s and are starting to show their age, but the seats are comfortable and the big windows offer great views of the deep Kyushu countryside.
- Numerous single-track tunnels that the bulky Yufuin no Mori seems to just barely squeeze through
- Crisscrossing over mountain rivers as the train makes the gradual climb up to Yufuin
- Enjoying some tart kabosu (a citrus fruit that Oita is famous for) ice cream as you enjoy the scenery
- Getting a seat right behind the driver to enjoy the views out the big front windows
- The imposing figure of Mt. Yufu as you approach the town of Yufuin
- The quiet town of Bungomori with its vintage railway roundhouse and museum to Eiji Mitooka, designer of most of Kyushu’s sightseeing trains
Wifi: Yes (but spotty)
Electrical outlets: No
Included in JR Rail Pass: Yes
Reservations required: Yes
Extra fee for reservation with Rail Pass: No