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Nishitetsu Express Bus Sakurajima Review!
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Nishitetsu Express Bus Sakurajima Review!

Nishitetsu Highway Bus Sakurajima-go is an express bus operated by Nishitetsu Highway Bus, connecting Fukuoka and Kagoshima, and started service on March 22, 1990.

On December 17, 2018, the Sakurajima-go was newly reborn with the new “HARMONY” bus color, which was introduced to buses mainly on express routes to commemorate the 110th anniversary of Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co.

Express buses are known as the most cost-effective means of transportation for long-distance travel when your wallet is tight, but if you have never ridden on one before, you may be wondering what it is like inside the bus and from departure to arrival.

How much is the fare? How do I make reservations? What types of seats are available? Is it safe for women? I am sure there are a number of things you are wondering about.

This time, I boarded the Nishitetsu Highway Bus “Non-Stop Sakurajima-go” from Tenjin, Fukuoka Prefecture to Kagoshima Main Port (High Speed Boat Terminal), Kagoshima Prefecture.

Here is a quick look at the inside of the bus and my impressions of the actual ride!

Introduction of the Nishitetsu Highway Bus Sakurajima

西鉄高速バス桜島号
  1. Name: Nishitetsu Highway Bus – Sakurajima
  2. Length: 88.93 meters
  3. Gross Tonnage: 580 tons
  4. Operating Speed: 60km~80km
  5. Seating Capacity: 35

Nishitetsu Highway Bus Boarding Point & Alighting Point

Bus stop and drop-off locations vary depending on the type of route.

Non-stop buses pass through most stations, so you can head smoothly to your destination.

Buses passing through the airport do not stop at Kagoshima Airport, while buses via the airport can get off at Kagoshima Airport!

Fukuoka→Kagoshima

バス停 ノンストップ 空港通過 空港経由
博多バスターミナル 36番のりば
西鉄天神高速バスターミナル 6番のりば
筑紫野 ( 二日市温泉入口 )
高速基山
久留米インター
八女インター
鹿児島空港南
鹿児島空港
高速帖佐
高速伊敷
鹿児島中央駅 東19番おりば
天文館
鹿児島本港(高速船ターミナル)

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Kagoshima→Fukuoka

停車駅 ノンストップ 空港通過 空港経由
鹿児島本港(高速船ターミナル)
天文館
鹿児島中央駅 東19番おりば
高速伊敷
高速帖佐
鹿児島空港
鹿児島空港南
八女インター
久留米インター
高速基山
筑紫野 ( 二日市温泉入口 )
西鉄天神高速バスターミナル 6番のりば
博多バスターミナル 36番のりば

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Bus StopNon StopPassage through Airportvia airport
Hakata Bus Terminal, Bus Stop No. 36
Nishitetsu Tenjin Express Bus Terminal, Bus Stop No. 6
Chikushino ( Futsukaichi Onsen Iriguchi )
Highway Kiyama
Kurume Interchange
Yameyama Interchange
Kagoshima Airport South
Kagoshima Airport
Kosoku Chosa
Kosoku Ishiki
Kagoshima Chuo Station, East platform 19
Tenmonkan
Kagoshima Main Port (High Speed Boat Terminal)

Please check the Nishitetsu Highway Bus’s time information between Fukuoka and Kagoshima on its official website!

▼ Nishitetsu Group Highway Bus Information

https://www.nishitetsu.jp/bus/highwaybus/rosen/

Sakurajima rest area

Kita-Kumamoto SA (down)

Motenas Ebino (downhill)

This time we took the bus from “Nishitetsu Tenjin Express Bus Terminal” in Fukuoka Prefecture to “Temmonkan (bus stop)” in Kagoshima Prefecture.

Here is a brief look at the inside of the bus!

When can I make a reservation for Sakurajima?

You can purchase a reservation-only express bus ticket from 8:00 a.m. (or the first day of the month if there is no such date in the previous month) of the month prior to the boarding date (two months prior for Fukuoka – Tokyo and Fukuoka – HTB).

How to make reservations for Sakurajima

西鉄天神高速バスの乗車券窓口
Booking by phone

Fukuoka Pref.
Kyushu Express Bus Reservation Center : 0120-489-939 (8:00-19:00)
From cell phones, PHS, IP phones : 092-734-2727

Kagoshima Pref.
Kagoshima Main Port Highway Bus Reservation Center: 099-222-1220 (9:00-19:00)
Kagoshima Chuo Station (Nangoku Kotsu Highway Bus Reservation Center): 099-259-6781 (9:00-17:00)

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Book online

I wanted to ride at an even lower price, so I booked Nishitetsu Express Bus No. 54104, Sakurajima-go, online at highwaybus.com, which offers web discounts.

▼Highwaybus.com
https://www.highwaybus.com/gp/index

credit card payment
For credit card payment, select the payment method “Credit” on the reservation screen and enter your credit card information in the credit card information field.

Convenience Store Settlement
For payment at a convenience store, select “Convenience store” as the payment method on the reservation screen and choose one of the convenience stores where you would like to make your payment.

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How much is the fare/fee/price for boarding the Nishitetsu Highway Bus Sakurajima?

Regular fareWeb Discount
Adult one-way (Age 12 and over)*16,000 yen3,000 yen ~ 6,000 yen
Senior (65 and over)*24,500 yen
Child/adult with disabilities (6 to 12 years old)*33,000 yen2,000 yen ~ 3,000 yen
Person with disabilities1,000 yen1,000 yen ~ 1,500 yen

(*1) Children over 12 years old who are still in elementary school will be charged the child’s fare.

(*2) Those who wish to use the senior discount must present an official certificate (driver’s license, etc.) showing the date of birth when purchasing tickets at the ticket counter.

(3) Even if the child is 12 years old or older, if the child is still in elementary school, the child’s fare will be the same as in (1).

I made a reservation on the web and the fare was 3,550 yen one way with the web discount.

Please check the official website for information on routes and fares other than those between Fukuoka and Kagoshima on Nishitetsu Highway Bus!

▼Nishitetsu Group Highway Bus Information

https://www.nishitetsu.jp/bus/highwaybus/rosen/

Sakurajima Timetable

西鉄天神高速バスターミナルの発車時刻が掲載された電光掲示板

This time I boarded Nishitetsu Highway Bus Sakurajima-go, but various other bus companies (Nangoku Kotsu, Kagoshima Kotsu, Kagoshima Kotsu Kanko, JR Kyushu Bus) also operate “Sakurajima-go” between Fukuoka and Kagoshima.

▼ Nishitetsu Kosoku Bus: Revision of the timetable

Revised timetable for “Sakurajima-go” Fukuoka – Kagoshima route on October 1, 2023 Timetable (common timetable for all days of the week) PDF

Free Wi-Fi available on board the Sakurajima-go

九州バスネットワークの接続画面

There was a free Wi-Fi available while the bus was in operation.

The name of the Wi-Fi network is “Kyushu_Bus_Network_FreeWi-Fi

It was easy to register by simply entering a computer e-mail address and other information.

It is nice to have Wi-Fi because using map apps with GPS functions while on the move can quickly run you up to your speed limit.

Introduction to the interior of the Sakurajima

Inside Nishitetsu Highway Bus

Seat

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Fixtures in Nishitetsu Highway Bus

fixtures

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USB charging port in Nishitetsu Highway Bus

USB port

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Introduce of the Nishitetsu Highway Bus Sakurajima

This time we introduced how we took the Nishitetsu Express Bus from Fukuoka to Kagoshima.

This time I took the highway bus because I had plenty of time to spare, and although it takes longer, the price is just so cheap and great!

The Shinkansen takes about 1 hour and 48 minutes and costs 10,640 yen, while the highway bus takes about 4 hours and 20 minutes and costs 3,550 yen, which is one third of the Shinkansen fare!

If you have time to spare, I recommend the highway bus!

If you are considering taking the Nishitetsu highway bus for your trip, I hope this will be helpful.

Have a good bus trip! \(^o^)/

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