Nishi Kyushu Shinkansen will launch soon – Reducing time to Nagasaki by 30 minutes

JR Kyushu announces the timetable of Nishi Kyushu Shinkansen (69.6km between Takeo-Onsen and Nagasaki), which will opened on September 23, 2022 (Fri/Holiday) and the conventional limited express trains connecting with it at Takeo-Onsen.

JR Kyushu "KAMOME" N700S series test run train stopping at Nagasaki Stationon the Nishi Kyushu Shinkansen (トラムーる/PhotoAC)
JR Kyushu “KAMOME” N700S series test run train stopping at Nagasaki Stationon the Nishi Kyushu Shinkansen (トラムーる/PhotoAC)

Transfer reqired at Takeo-Onsen Station

The nickname of the conventional limited express “KAMOME” currently operating between Hakata and Nagasaki will be carried over to the Nishi Kyushu Shinkansen. The number of trains operated per day on the Shinkansen “KAMOME” is for a total of 47 trains – 44 for all lines and 3 for the section between Shin-Omura and Nagasaki. During the daytime hours, one train each direction per hour will be operated, but during the morning and evening commuting hours, the number of trains will be increased to two. Trains that pass through stations on the way are also set, and the fastest train that stops only at Isahaya (passing Ureshino-Onsen and Shin-Omura) runs in 23 minutes through the Shinkansen section.

The limited express “RELAY KAMOME” will be operated between Hakata and Takeo-Onsen on the conventional lines, and people can transfer at Takeo-Onsen on the same platform as the Shinkansen “KAMOME” (face-to-face transfer method). Some Shinkansen trains will be connected to the limited express “MIDORI (RELAY KAMOME)” or “HUIS TEN BOSCH (RELAY KAMOME)”. By the transferring, the number of trains operating between Hakata and Nagasaki will be maintained at 44, which is the same as the current conventional line “KAMOME”.

The transfer time at Takeo-Onsen Station is approximately 3 to 6 minutes. Even if this is included, the required time will be shortened by 30 minutes due to the rapid delivery of the Shinkansen, and the fastest delivery between Hakata and Nagasaki will be 1 hour and 20 minutes, and the fastest between Shin-Osaka and Nagasaki will be 3 hours and 59 minutes. In addition, the Shinkansen and the conventional limited express that connect at Takeo-Onsen are regarded as one train and are guided as “bound for Hakata” or “bound for Nagasaki”, and the ticket will be sold with one piece (See the figure below for details such as the transit map, operation systems).

JR Kyushu will open Nishi Kyushu Shinkansen on Sep. 23, 2022

The rolling stocks made for the Nishi Kyushu Shinkansen “KAMOME” are 6-car trains version of the latest N700S series on the Tokaido-San-yo Shinkansen. Arranged as a “one-of-a-kind train unique to Kyushu”, it features an interior design that expresses a mix of Japanese and Western styles, classic and modern. Mobile outlets can be used in all seats, and reserved seats for cars 1 to 3 have a spacious 2 + 2 seats arrangement.

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