Kyushu Shinkansen Timetable
The Kyushu Shinkansen line runs from Hakata Station in Fukuoka to Kagoshima-chuo Station with multiple stops including the popular destination of Kumamoto. On this page you will find the following information:
Covered by the Japan Rail (JR) Pass, the Kyushu Shinkansen is the most convenient way to move through the south-west of Japan. Running from Hakata Station in Fukuoka Station, the Kyushu Shinkansen line connects through to the San’yo Shinkansen line, with some services running onto destinations including Hiroshima, Kobe and Osaka without the need to transfer at Hakata. For more information about connecting to San’yo Shinkansen line, see our ‘Kyushu Shinkansen’ main page.
TIMETABLE FROM HAKATA TO KAGOSHIMA-CHUO
Frequent services run from Hakata Station to Kagoshima-chuo station and the reverse journey of Kagoshima-chuo to Hakata Station. Three services operate on the line with ‘Mizuho’ services being the fastest, stopping at a limited number of stations enroute to the terminuses. For the full timetable, click on the image below:
The earliest service from Hakata Station to Kagoshima-chuo departs at 06:10 and arrives at Kagoshima-chuo Station at 07:58. As you will see from the timetable, some ‘Mizuho’ and ‘Sakura’ services begin at stations on the San’yo Shinkansen line before continuing onto the Kyushu Shinkansen line. For more information about that, see our ‘Kyushu Shinkansen’ main page.
The latest service to Kagoshima-chuo departs Hakata at 22:03 and arrives at 23:58, with later services departing at 22:24, 22:54 and 23:10 but terminating at Kumamoto Station at 22:56, 23:43 and 23:59.
TIMETABLE FROM KAGOSHIMA-CHUO TO HAKATA
Regular services run from Kagoshima-chuo Station to Hakata Station with some ‘Mizuho’ and ‘Sakura’ services continuing onto the San’yo Shinkansen running onto destinations including Hiroshima, Kobe and Osaka. For more information about that, see our ‘Kyushu Shinkansen’ main page. For the full timetable, click on the image below:
The earliest service departs Kagoshima-chuo at 06:04 and arrives at Hakata at 06:56. The latest service departs at 22:19 and arrives at Hakata at 23:55, with a later service departing Kagoshima-chuo at 23:00 and terminating at Kumamoto at 23:56.
KYUSHU SHINKANSEN LINE MAP & STATIONS
Running from Hakata Station in Fukuoka Prefecture to Kagoshima-Chuo Station in Kagoshima Prefecture, the Kyushu Shinkansen covers around 260km and is the primary transport route through the southern region of Japan. Stops on the line include:
Regional lines connect with many of these stations, providing access to Nagasaki and other popular destinations in Nagasaki. The ‘West Kyushu Shinkansen’ line running from Nagasaki Station to Takeo Onsen Station is set to open in September 2022. This short track of only 66 kilometres and 5 stations will eventually be extended to connect with the main Kyushu Shinkansen line.
30 THINGS TO DO AROUND KYUSHU & WHERE TO STAY
Lying to the southwest of Japan’s main island of Honshu, Kyushu is a region blessed with attractions, from the historic to the natural and the exotic. Fukuoka is the largest city in Kyushu while Nagasaki’s history transcends the national to occupy a place in the global consciousness. Kumamoto and its famous castle or Kagoshima and its nearby natural splendours including the World Heritage island of Yakushima, all combine to make this one of the most rewarding travel destinations in Japan. Our ’30 Things to Do Around Kyushu & Where to Stay’ page is a great place to start when planning your visit to the region.
PLAN YOUR VISIT TO JAPAN
The Kyushu Shinkansen is just one part of Japan’s fantastic rail network. Unfathomable in its size and efficiency, moving around the country by train is easy and comfortable opening-up all regions of Japan for exploration. Our ‘Plan Your Visit’ page has everything you need to know about visiting Japan – from tips on the best time to travel, times to avoid, entering and exiting the country, money matters, staying connected, accommodation, staying safe and healthy and plenty more to ensure that you get the most out of your time here.