Thursday, 12 April 2012

Rail Trip : Onboard The Yufuin no Mori

Ask us the reason we travelled all the way to Yufuin just to stay a night enjoying hot spring baths, and we'd tell you one of the reasons is to take a train!

This time, it's the Yufuin no mori limited express train.
Yufuin no mori means Forest of Yufuin. Quaint name. ^^
The trains run between Hakata to Yufuin, 2 round trips between Hakata & Yufuin and 1 round trip between Hakata & Oita. The journey from Hakata to Yufuin takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes. 2 hours' trip of amazing sights, I might add.
Lavish wood interior for this 4-car train. There's also a buffet car where you can buy food and souvenir items, a salon car and passenger cars.
A suave looking ticket inspector.
One thing about taking resort type trains and that's how the trip was made more fun by the staff onboard. The staff made annoucements when we are about to pass interesting sights such as a waterfall or the old train depot along the way, made rounds to sell souvenirs and food (can't push a food cart in this train, you see), encouraging passengers to take photos and being friendly and extra nice to all of us. Raimie even got a sticker from the train conductor. ^^
For those travelling in groups. This is nice, right? Train staff manning the buffet car will serve your order. You are welcome to be merry here!
The toilet! Very nice. Very clean.
Taking souvenir photos on the train with the staff was fun too! Kyushu Railways staff sure has spiffy looking uniforms.

That last photo was especially nice because it was taken on Raimie's birthday.

43 comments:

  1. So cool! I must take this down and take this train when I visit Japan. Thanks.

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    1. You'll enjoy it!

      There are plenty of resort style trains in Japan. You just have to pick and choose. :)

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  2. What a splendid looking train. Not surprised it is a tourist attraction. I really love the colour, too, I'm right into that pale blue green right now.

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    1. I love the train colour too. :)

      There are a lot of cool trains abound in Japan. My personal favourite would be the steam train we took from Aizu-Wakamatsu to Niigata. :)

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  3. Wah! So nice lah the train! I wanna travel on this train!

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    1. Come come.

      Go book that flight with AirAsia quick. xD

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  4. Haha! Raimie so cute with the cap in the last photo! : )

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    1. Thanks! :)

      To me, my boy is always cute one! kekeke

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    2. Wei, Lina... only one boy is cute meh? How about the old boy? No cute, but handsome, eh? Kekekeke!

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    3. Old boy so chubby already. Where got handsome like that. Muekeke

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    4. Lina, why you so bad one? Old boy mana ada chubby? Got grow a little horizontally, since cannot grow vertically already.

      Still ok, wert!

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    5. Chubby lah!

      Not so bad one. If bad, I tell him he is fat! LOL

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  5. The announcements were made in English or Japanese?

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    1. Both.

      This train is one of the rare trains that have annoucements made in English by the train staff onboard (they read scripts though) and not a pre-recorded annoucement.

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  6. It's really nice when the staff are friendly right? : )

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    1. Of course.

      I've taken it for granted that all service staff in Japan are friendly and chirpy. Though sometimes annoying because they can stick by the book and when thrown off with unusual inquiries, they panicked and it happened to me, the staff ran away! kakaka

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  7. May I repeat myself for the n-th time? I love Japan's trains. I love them with a passion. (Except, I also add again, Tokyo's commuter trains during rush hour.) This one's interior looks half train, half plane.

    That last photo is perfect! :)

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    1. You can declare your love of the trains here over and over again. I don't mind.

      I'm gonna start declaring my love with more posts soon! :)

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    2. I agree the interior of the train looks like inside a plane, wow!

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    3. It's better than a plane because it is much more comfortable to walk around in trains. :)

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  8. Looks like one of the best train journeys in Japan and love the fact they announce the attractions coming up :)

    Japan Australia

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    1. I think most resort style trains do that. When we travelled on the Resort Shirakami from Akita to Hirosaki, annoucements were made when we were approaching scenic sights and the train slowed down to enable passengers to enjoy the view (and take photos, of course)

      But the lovely thing about Yufuin no Mori, was that the train staff was there with us, showing the sights and helping to take photos and whatnot. Can't beat human touch & interaction! ;)

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  9. Wow. It's a great birthday. It's rare to wear such a nice hat. :)

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    1. The train not only gave hats to passengers to wear. There are blazers for kids to wear too! It's great fun! :)

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    2. The train comes prepared with kiddo's blazer? Where else can we find such service?? Did Raimie try on the blazer? Sure looks smart one.

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    3. He did!

      There's a photo of him wearing the blazer & taken with the conductor. :)

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    4. Where? Where? I scroll up and down this post but cannot locate one?

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    5. Only saw the photo whereby your two boys smiling contentedly, standing beside the pretty train stewardess.

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    6. Not in this post. Click on the Yufuin link at the end of the post or on the sidebar. There are photos of him somewhere in that posts.

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  10. Reading all the goodie goodie reviews about Japan makes me wanna book a flight and go there for Sakura season now.

    But Japan is one place my hubb removed from his holidays list. He said it's too expensive and I'll go crazy shopping T____T

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    1. Wuuu..... Japan is my dream place for holidays.

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    2. I always say this and will always repeat it.

      Japan is not much different than going for a holiday to Europe. Or even Australia.

      It can be expensive and it can be quite affordable too.

      Our two-weeks holiday budget to Japan is usually set around 12-15K for 3 pax and that's inclusive of airfares.

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    3. Aiyoh! What's stopping you from going?

      AirAsia got cheap fares, what!
      They got reasonably priced business hotels you can stay in Japan!
      I bet your hubby scared he's gonna spend more $$$ shopping instead of you! My hubby spent a lot of $$$ on games and stuff there compared to here. ;p

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    4. Maybe I'm not good at hunting cheap holidays (only good at cheap shoes/heels).

      One day, Lina, one day I shall step my foot to Japan~
      Time to menabung first. Then I shall refer to you when I'm planning a trip there :D

      My hubb... He's not into games. I predict he'll go and explore those kinky shops around Japan. Something extraordinary and not available in Malaysia :p

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    5. Hahaha!!! Kinky shops are easy to find in Tokyo. ;p

      Ermm... but how would I know about it? kikiki

      Aiyoh! No need to hunt. Just purchase AirAAsia promo tickets. Then, scour the internet for hotels. Everything can be found online when it comes to Japan. So much different compared to finding information on places in Malaysia we want to go vacation. @.@

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  11. It's a nice train trip for you! Recently JR staff became very polite and kind. It's very good for us.

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    1. We've always encountered polite and friendly JR staff, for the past 9 years. ^^

      It is good to experience great customer service. :)

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  12. You are right, it seems like riding the modern train was part of the fun. That's why I love Japan, people are friendly and things are clean.

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    1. Riding old, refurbished train has a certain charm too.

      I like them both. ^^

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  13. Haha :D The three of you look so cute in the picture!

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  14. Next time we go to Japan (will probably be a few years before that) I do intend to take this train ride with my family. I love the design of the train and wouldn't mind sitting up front ;)

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    1. I wouldn't mind sitting right in front too! :)

      Hope you will get onboard and enjoy the trip! :)

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