Train Varieties

SONIC (883 Series)

The East Kyushu intercity urban express that is true to its "Sonic" name

The East Kyushu intercity urban express that is true to its "Sonic" name

White 885-series trains and metallic blue 883-series trains are used. Both use a tilting mechanism that reduces centrifugal forces in order to maintain both smoothness and speed when the train is going around a curve. Why not experience this high quality ride for yourself?

Cabin interior

Intro Movie

Intro Movie

See the journey through the beautiful landscapes of Kyushu.




*Timetables may remain valid for only a few months.

Smoking is prohibited on this train.

On-board sales/Green Car services

Please be advised that on-board sales and Green Car services are not available on the “SONIC”.

Train Configuration

Smoking is prohibited on this train.

  • R Reserved
  • N Non-reserved
  • G Green car
  • Car number

883 Series

No.1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 16, 18, 20, 23, 24, 31, 35, 40, 45, 47, 48, 52, 53, 57, 58, 101, 102

885 Series

No. 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 19, 22, 27, 28, 32, 33, 36, 37, 39, 41, 44, 49, 50, 54, 55, 56, 59, 201, 202

*After arriving at Kokura station, the running direction of Limited Express Sonic will be changed to opposite(First car will be changed as last train). Please notice.

*Seat types (Non-reserved or Reserved seat) of Car No.3 and 4 will be difference depends on train. When you board the train, please check the direction display around the door.

Purchase a Rail Pass

You can purchase JR Kyushu Rail Passes and reserve seats on popular Kyushu trains.

One-way and
round-trip tickets

Purchase one-way and round-trip tickets, reserved seats, and early discount tickets from the JR-KYUSHU Train Reservation page.

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