I traveled to Fukuoka, in mid December. While Fukuoka has an image of gourmet town, it has also tourist spots more than I expected. In this article, I will write about JR Hakata Station as part of Day 3. At Hakata station, as the largest terminal station in Kyushu, visitors are able to watch a variety of limited express trains and Shinkansen bullet trains, and enjoy a short Shinkansen trip reasonably.
[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Fly to Fukuoka with ANA
* Day 1: Ohori Park and Nakasu
* Day 1: Canal City Hakata (Illumination)
* Day 2: Marinoa City Fukuoka
* Day 2: Fukuoka City Museum and Momochi Seaside Park
* Day 2: Fukuoka Tower (Illumination)
* Day 3: Marine World Uminonakamichi
* Day 3: JR Hakata Station [This article]
* Day 3: JR Hakata Station (Illumination)
* Day 4: Dazaifu Tenmangu
* Day 4: Kyushu National Museum
* Day 4: Tenjin (Illumination)
* Day 5: Fukuoka Airport
Limited Express Trains at Hakata Station
Following the previous post, I returned to JR Hakata station from “Marine World Uminonakamichi”.
Now I am at the platform of JR Hakata station and will take photos of limited express trains that arrive at or depart from the station.
“Kamome” runs between Hakata and Nagasaki.
“Sonic” runs between Hakata and Oita.
“Midori” runs between Hakata and Sasebo.
“Huis Ten Bosch” runs between Hakata and Huis Ten Bosch.
Speaking of “Huis Ten Bosch”, I visited it in 2016. If you are interested in “Huis Ten Bosch”, please check the following past articles:
- “Travel notes of Nagasaki: HUIS TEN BOSCH (1) (Flower Road and Amsterdam City etc.)”
- “Travel notes of Nagasaki: HUIS TEN BOSCH (2) (Tower City and Harbor Town etc.)”
- “Travel notes of Nagasaki: HUIS TEN BOSCH (3) (illumination in the evening)”
The train over there was “Yufuin no Mori” that runs between Hakata and Yufuin / Beppu.
“Yufuin no Mori” is one of the “D&S (Design and Story) Trains”, which JR Kyushu promotes, and I would like to ride it in the future.
Shinkansen Bullet Trains at Hakata Station
Then, I moved to the platform of Shinkansen Bullet Trains (- note: admission fee is 150 Japanese Yen).
Two Shinkansen lines (Sanyo Shinkansen and Kyushu Shinkansen) arrive at and depart from Hakata station, and I will take a variety of Shinkansen bullet trains.
“700 Series Hikari Rail Star”.
It is Sanyo Shinkansen, which runs between Hakata and Shin-Osaka.
“N700 Series Shinkansen” runs between Shin-Osaka and Kagoshima-Chuo.
This is “800 Series Shinkansen” of Kyushu Shinkansen.
It runs between Hakata and Kagoshima-Chuo.
I just found a pink-colored train.
This is “Hello Kitty Shinkansen”.
“Hello Kitty Shinkansen” is the specially decorated “500 Series Shinkansen” and only makes one round trip a day between Hakata and Shin-Osaka, so I was lucky to see it.
Short Trip to Hakata-Minami Station with Hello Kitty Shinkansen
The train will be transferred to “Hakata-Minami station” where there is a rail yard.
I just happened to know that it costs only 600 Japanese Yen to shuttle between Hakata station and Hakata-Minami station.
So, I bought a ticket and got on board.
The first train car was converted into a Hello Kitty room.
The remaining part was also specially decorated with Hello Kitty.
It took about a 10-minutes ride and I reached “Hakata-Minami station”.
As the rail yard was located, there were lots of Shinkansen bullet trains.
“N700A Series Shinkansen” is the main train of Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen bullet train.
Now the returning train arrived at the station.
This is “500 Series Shinkansen”.
Then, I will go back to Hakata station and take illumination photos around the station.
That’s it for the article about JR Hakata Station as part of Day 3.
At Hakata station, as the largest terminal station in Kyushu, visitors are able to watch a variety of limited express trains and Shinkansen bullet trains, In addition, they can enjoy a short Shinkansen ride for 600 Japanese yen. So I would recommend Hakata station especially for train fans 🙂
In the next article, I will write about light-up around JR Hakata Station as part of Day 3.
1 Hakata Station
2 Hakata-Minami Station
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