Mar 13, 2018
With their distinctive look and hidden attractions, JR Kyushu’s tourist trains are very popular among Japanese and tourists from overseas, since you can enjoy nice views surrounded by interior design with a unique concept. The folk tale of “Ryugu - Dragon's Palace” of the Satsuma Peninsula is the main inspiration for the “Ibusuki no Tamatebako”, a limited express that boasts cute, unique attractions. At the time you board the train, you are greeted with a puff of white smoke, much like Urashima Taro was when he opened the actual “tamatebako” (treasure box) in the folk tale. In his case, being covered with the white smoke, Urashima Taro got old instantly, but here you don’t have to worry: the train’s smoke is harmless!
The train makes three return trips a day from Kagoshima-Chuo Station to Ibusuki, famous for its sand and steam baths. Enjoy the train’s original appearance, from the black and white exterior to the interior made with cedar wood from southern Kyushu and the colorful upholstery bringing to mind the images from the Dragon's Palace. Get one of the seats on the sea’s side to enjoy magnificent views of Kinkowan Bay and Sakurajima. Sofa seats and kid seats are also available. As every aspect of the train cars design is inspired to the Dragon's Palace, it would be surely fun to look around for more and more Urashima Taro-related clues. If you want a special memento of your trip, ask the train’s staff for a special panel you can take a photograph with and a special commemorative ticket!
* This is the information as of June, 2017
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