Since 2011, the Kyushu Shinkansen
has a new extension providing services from Hakata
(Fukuoka Station) to Kagoshima ( 257 km) :
- How to go from Fukuoka to Kumamoto ?
- How to go from Kumamoto to Kagoshima ?
The Tsubame shinkansen
is the shinkansen
that runs between Hakata and Kagoshima and stops at all stations.
The Sakura shinkansen
is sometimes connected to Shin Osaka
and most of them do not stop between Kurume and Kumamoto. The name "Sakura" recalls the flowering of cherry trees so popular in Japan. It was also the name of an express train linking Tokyo and Nagasaki until 2005.