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[Kyushu ]Sightseeing trains you must ride at least once "36+3 "

[Kyushu ]Sightseeing trains you must ride at least once "36+3 "


Although we usually take trains without thinking about it, there are trains that are specially designed for sightseeing.
That is the "sightseeing train ", which has been gaining popularity in recent years not only for its transportation "but also for the enjoyment of the ride "itself.
In Japan, there are various types of sightseeing trains, including sightseeing trains with fun "vehicles ", food ", windows "", and events """ .
This article focuses on the "36 Plus 3 ", which circles around Kyushu from among JR Kyushu's trains, which are particularly focused on sightseeing trains, and introduces the interior of the train.
We hope that those who are interested in sightseeing trains, those who plan to travel to Kyushu, and those who want to enjoy a luxurious trip will find this information useful.
This train is full of unique features as well as sophisticated looks and interior design full of character, so that passengers can fully enjoy the climate along the train route and the scenery from the train windows. The sightseeing train ride is not only a convenient means of transportation, but also an unforgettable event in itself. We hope you enjoy your trip to Kyushu with many exciting stories to tell.

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A sightseeing train with a pitch-black body "36 pl. 3 "

The six-car train is a modified version of the Series 787 train that debuted in 1992 on the limited express "Tsubame "and is still in service on the limited express "Kamome ""NICHIRIN "and other trains.

"36 Plus 3 "is an odd name for "36 "means Kyushu is the 36th largest island in the world.
"Plus 3 "is a project to unite "customers, local community members, and us "to expand the circle of 39 (Thank you!). = "and we, ", will work together to expand the circle of 39 (Thank you!), and gratitude.

All cars are green cars, with a capacity of about 100 passengers.
The concept of "is a train that can be called "Running Kyushu", packed with everything Kyushu has to offer. " The train is packed with Kyushu's attractions such as delicious food, hot springs, rich nature, history, and hospitality.

Designed by the famous Eiji Mitooka, the black exterior has a sophisticated, Japanese feel inside.

Thursday Route - Red Road

Kumamoto Station

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Kumamoto Station
Address: 3-15 Kasuga, Nishi-ku, Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto 860-0047
Phone number: 050-3786-1717
URL: https://www.jrkyushu.co.jp/railway/station/1191555_1601.html

The route around Kyushu over the course of a week includes five different color-coded courses, according to the days of the week.

[Thursday's route that goes around on the Hakata→Kumamoto→Kagoshima Chuo ]route "Red Road ".

▲Route map displayed on the vehicle

The route is exhilarating as it traverses the left side of Kyushu.

At Tamana Station, a stop along the way, specialties from the Tamana area and other northern regions of Kumamoto Prefecture will be on sale. From Yatsushiro Station, the train operates on the Hisatsu-Orenji Railway, and at Ushinohama Station on the way, specialties from the Akune area will be available. Visitors can enjoy this event along with a spectacular view of the East China Sea.

Please check back later in this article, especially regarding Ushinohama Station, which is a stop along the way on the Thursday route!

Friday Route - Black Road

Original candy to be presented in the car

[Kagoshima Chuo to Miyazaki ]route to go around on Friday "Black Road ".

We will have lunch with a view of Kinko Bay and Sakurajima, and stop on the way at Osumi Okawara Station, a quiet station in the forest. Local residents will entertain you and there will be a café under a large ginkgo tree.

Although the distance from Kagoshima to Miyazaki may seem short, this route crosses Kagoshima, and if weather and luck permit, Sakurajima and other islands can be seen beautifully.

Saturday Route - Green Road

Car body photographed from a pedestrian bridge at a stopover station

[Miyazaki Airport, Miyazaki → Oita, Beppu ]route on Saturday to go around "Green Road ".

After departing Miyazaki City, we headed for Nobeoka with a view of the Sea of Hyuga.
At Nobeoka Station, there will be sales of local specialties. From Nobeoka, visitors can feel the atmosphere of the unexplored station at Sotaro Station, and at Shigeoka Station, Saeki City residents will sell local delicacies.

Among the five routes, this is the rare route that starts and ends at an airport, making it a very convenient route to use when coming from various parts of Japan for sightseeing.

Miyazaki Airport departs at 11:37 a.m., so it might be a very enjoyable itinerary to catch a flight at that time.

Sunday Route - Blue Road

Pamphlets distributed in the car on different days of the week (Thursday version)
[Oita/Beppu→Kokura/Hakata ]route on Sunday to go around "Blue Road ".

After departing from Beppu, Oita, we will head for Kitsuki with a view of Beppu Bay.
You will dine while enjoying Oita's rich natural environment of sea, mountains, and rivers. In Mojiko Port, you will have free time to take pictures with the station building in the background and enjoy shopping.

Monday Route - Golden Road

[Hakata to Sasebo Sasebo to Hakata ]route on Sunday to go around "Golden Road ".

After departing from Hakata Station, the tour will run with lunch.
Hizenhama Station, a stop along the way, is a historic town where sake breweries are located. From Hizenhama Station, the train goes to Sasebo via Ekita Station. The train heads to Sasebo with a view of the tasteful chimneys of the kilns.

Vehicle layout with a lot of attention to detail

Sophisticated black interior (car coupling)

Cars No. 1 through No. 3 are private rooms, while Cars No. 5 and No. 6 are seat-type rooms; in Car No. 3, the buffet has been restored for the first time in 17 years, and it has become a hot topic among fans.
Car 4 is used as a multi-car for onboard experiences and events.

▲6 car's nameplate

There are beautiful plaques as you enter each car, giving it a mature feel.
All of the seating areas are unique and offer completely different experiences, making the ride enjoyable no matter how many times you take it.

Guest seat "Car 6 "

Entrance to the auditorium

The device of entering the seating area through the noren (curtain) expresses the Japanese character and heightens the sense of anticipation in the audience.

Seats in car ▲6

Car 6 has tatami mats made of rushes grown in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture, as flooring material, allowing passengers to take off their shoes and relax. 2+1 rows of spacious green seats.
Leather pockets are placed on the back of the seats and the table is large enough for dining.

▲Next Sendagel

Particularly impressive was this clog box.
Car 6 has a tatami floor, so shoes with dirt floors are strictly prohibited. The system is designed to store shoes in the space marked with the number of your assigned seat.
You can enjoy a very exciting time with a lot of attention to detail and playfulness in each decoration.

▲The clog area

In addition, the walls of the geta-box area are colored in vermilion, giving a Japanese feel.
The color atmosphere of this vehicle changes dramatically between one wall and the other.


The seats are equipped with storage bins, just like on an airplane, so that even large luggage can be stored without problems.
In addition, there was space for storing large suitcases and other luggage in the shoe closet space, which could be used in combination.

Multi-car "Car No. 4 "

▲Sofa installed in multi-car

The space where the cargo racks used to be is now "light wall ". The "LOUNGE BAR39 "is described as an upscale space.

The LED indicator on car 4 reads "multicar "and has a free space with a capacity of 0 passengers.
Car 4, which was originally a row of seats, has undergone a major transformation, and passengers can eat meals purchased in Car 3 here. You can also participate in regular events held in the car.

The cabin crew will also guide you through the experience menu and in-train events, making this an interactive train ride that will allow you to further experience the charms of the train line, and a place you should definitely visit in your spare time when you board.

Ceiling of No.4 car

In this car, all the cargo racks have been removed, creating a light ceiling. This is a style often used in recent Mitoka designs.

Preparations underway for the event

Hospitality by Region

Hospitality Stations to visit on the ▲Red Road "Hospitality Stations "

In addition to the food and beverage menu that can be enjoyed on board, each course will have stops where local residents will offer their hospitality and enthusiastic welcome.
There is also a vendor area where visitors can purchase goods unique to the area, and depending on the season, vegetables harvested that morning are also available.

Visitors can experience the charm of the region by actually getting down to the towns along the JR Kyushu line, which they would not have known about on their regular trips.

Ushinohama scenic area, Sumise

If you look out the train window while driving past Kumamoto on the red line and around Ushinohama Station, you can see a torii gate built on a large rock, floating offshore.
Despite being a scenic spot, not many people visit it, perhaps because there is not much information about it, so it is a well-known spot for those in the know.

The rock on which the torii gate was built is called Sumikase "and is a popular scenic spot among the locals. " Although it is not possible to see the sunset since it is during the daytime, it is a popular spot for photographing the sunset, when the torii gate appears to be completely encased in the moon.

The announcement is also introduced in the train announcements, so please pay attention to the announcements when you board the train.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Ushinohama Station
Address: Okawa, Akune City, Kagoshima Prefecture, 899-1741
Phone number: (0996) 63-6860 *Inquiries about operation information and fares
URL: https://www.hs-orange.com/station/pub/detail.aspx?c_id=12&station_id=22


▲Fashionable mural on the inside of the car

In this issue, we focused on a sightseeing train that has been attracting a lot of attention in recent years, introducing the actual train interior and hands-on events. "36 Plus 3 "is a hands-on train that you can enjoy even if you ride it five times, as it runs different routes over the course of a week. The sightseeing train is also accompanied by dedicated cabin attendants, who make announcements, sell items on the train, and organize events. When you board the No. 1 or No. 2 car, you will be served meals and other attentive services. It was also very nice to see them welcoming us on the side of the train when we boarded and disembarked.
In addition to the "36 Plus 3 "introduced here, JR Kyushu offers about 11 other sightseeing trains, including "Natsuboshi in Kyushu ", "Yufuin no Mori ""Aru Train ""Ibusuki no Tamatebako ""Kotokoto Train ". Why not check out the destinations and the things you can experience on the trains before you board for an unforgettable experience?

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