Train Journey

Isaburo & Shinpei
Hitoyoshi - Yoshimatsu

Isaburo & Shinpei is considered one of the best local trains in Japan. Isaburo departs from Hitoyoshi down to Yoshimatsu and Shinpei departs from Yoshimatsu up to Hitoyoshi. The total journey time is approx. 80mins and operating twice a day.

Isaburo & Shinpei


Soon after depart Hitoyoshi, the first highlight is at the Okoba station where the train changes their direction and zigzag called switch back, to enable trains to climb up a steep slope. The spiral line is called loop line, so after Okoba station, the train goes back and enters the loop line. There is another switchback at Masaki Station.

the loop line

After Yatake Daiichi Tunnel (2096m long!), you will come upon one of the "Three Great Sceneries from Trains in Japan" which is a spectacular view of Ebino Heights and Kirishima mountain range. The train slows down around view spots for the photos.

Isaburo & Shinpei train timetable as of Jul 2013

Stations Departures
  Isaburo1 Isaburo3
Hitoyoshi
人吉
10:08 13:21
Okoba
大畑
10:25 13:43
Yatake
矢岳
10:54 14:14
Masaki
真幸
11:12 14:37
Yoshimatsu
吉松
11:21 14:47
Stations Departures
  Shinpei2 Shimpei4
Yoshimatsu
吉松
11:49 15:16
Masaki
真幸
12:07 15:34
Yatake
矢岳
12:32 15:59
Okoba
大畑
12:52 16:23
Hitoyoshi
人吉
13:03 16:35