Maybe you’ve already noticed that I’m an absolute train lover. I love to experience local train-rides in many countries that I’ve been to. Except for the Shinkansen network between main cities in island Kyushu, there remained a few sightseeing limited express trains. Kyushu is quite popular for train trips, the island is abundant with nature and has a rich history and culture. As I didn’t go straight from Kagoshima to Fukuoka, but stopped in some smaller towns in between, I was lucky to try out different trains in Kyushu this time.
The Kirishima onsen Station was much smaller than I thought. There were only two rail tracks. Sometimes I think I’m also quite amazing as I thought the trains were much frequenter than they actually are so I didn’t even check the schedule in advance. I had to wait inside the simple waiting room for more than one and half hours. 🙁 The station was too small to have a ticket office, let alone English translation and there was no one I could ask for. The only thing I could read is the character of “Hitoyoshi direction”.
Luckily with the help of two teenage girls, I could get on the right train.
The trains I took in Kyushu were lovely and look vintage like.
This guy is quite famous in Hitoyoshi Station as he’s been selling bento boxes for years with a box that was hung around the neck. He’s so cool and friendly, even offered to pose on my picture. When the train was moving, he kept waving to every passengers from the window.
The fish bento box I got from him.
I heard not all the trains for the Hisatsu Line are special sightseeing trains, so I felt lucky to take it. The attendant girl gave us some souvenir card on which you can get a stamp of the train.
Scenery along the train ride. Kyushu is truly a beautiful island.