Kawasemi-Yamasemi Kingfisher Sightseeing Train かわせみ・やませみ

Kawa Yama Semi Logo

The logos of the Kawasemi Yamasemi sightseeing train are the Common Kingfisher (kawasemi) and the Crested Kingfisher (yamasemi)

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The Kawasemi-Yamasemi, Kingfisher Sightseeing Train entered service in 2017 and runs between Kumamoto and Hitoyoshi in Kyushu.


From Kumamoto the train heads south alongside the mountains until it reached Yatsushiro from where it heads up the Kuma River to Hitoyoshi.

Hitoyoshi is a castle town and hot spring resort surrounded by mountains. The Kuma River is one of the three fastest rivers in Japan and the section the train travels along has many sections with white water rapids.

The trains run three times daily all year round.

The journey time is a little over 90 minutes from terminal to terminal, somewhat faster than the Hitoyoshi SL steam train.


The one way fare is only 1,820 yen plus 930 yen for a non-reserved seat or 1,450 yen for a reserved seat. Obviously making a reservation will ensure a seat, though on weekdays out of the main holiday seasons the train is rarely full.


Hitoyoshi Station, Kumamoto Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan

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