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SL Hitoyoshi (SL人吉)


Scenic Railway (Trolley, etc.)

This special steam locomotive runs between Kumamoto Station and Hitoyoshi Station on weekends and during long holidays. The nostalgia-filled sight of the steam billowing from the locomotive has captured the hearts of railway fans throughout the country. The interior features a classic, wood-centric design and contains an observation car, lounge, library, and buffet offering light snacks and drinks, not to mention commemorative passes and a photo service. Gaze out the window and take in the scenery as you let the steam locomotive’s pulsing beat reverberate through you.


Kumamoto Prefecture Kagoshima Main Line Kumamoto Station - Heiyatsu Line Hitoyoshi Station (KumamotoArea)

phone 05037861717

1Sunday 1 round trip Go through

Review of Sl Hitoyoshi

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2019/05/12 Beautiful old train
It is an old steam locomotive with refurbished carriages. The first and last of the three have viewing areas and the middle one has a shop for food, drink, and good souvenirs. The trip is a return to...
Reviewed:2015/10/19 So Much FUN
Everyone was so excited when SL Hitoyoshi was approaching the station. Busy in filming and taking pictures of the steam train which only ran on weekends and some special days.
Along with the great...
Reviewed:2015/04/24 Traditional Steam Train...MUST take a ride
Excellent experience and we enjoyed the ride very much, especially we seldom have a chance to take a ride on a steam train nowadays. Don’t forget to try the bento & snacks on the train or at...

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Kumamoto Prefecture Kagoshima Main Line Kumamoto Station - Heiyatsu Line Hitoyoshi Station [map]
1Sunday 1 round trip Go through
Irregular holidays (Mid-Nov.-Early Mar. Is suspended, driving Sunday is posted on JR Kyushu Web site)
[All reserved seats, Kumamoto-Hitoyoshi] Adults One way 2,690yen, Children 1,340yen
* Fares/reserved seat tickets
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* Due to the interruption of the Hisatsu Line due to heavy rain, operation will be suspended for the time being from July 4, 2020.

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Kumamoto Areas


          Kumamoto lies in the center of Kyushu, a calm prefecture perfect for easy strolls around the historic center and lazy evenings in the natural hot springs at Kurokawa Onsen. For a slightly more strenuous activity, head to Mount Aso, whose surrounding hills offer hiking opportunities aplenty with views over the active volcano.