The Limited Express Sonic is a JR train that makes several convenient stops in the island of Kyushu. If you are traveling in southern Japan with a JR Pass, Kyushu Pass, or North Kyushu Pass, this express train is a great way to access some of the top spots quickly and efficiently.
This train can be used with your JR Pass or Kyushu regional pass, so read on to find out what kind of stops you can make during your travel!
The Sonic ends in Oita, a large but unremarkable city, but before that it stops at Beppu Station. Beppu is a coastal town, home to countless onsen (hot springs), as well as unique “hell springs” with fantastical colors. From Beppu Station, you can also access Yufuin, another elegant and famous hot spring area.
From one end to the other, the Sonic makes about a two-hour journey. If you are traveling with a JR Green Car Pass, the green car has extra comfortable seats and a panoramic view!