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JR Sightseeing Limited Express Train "Ibusuki no Tamatebako"



Together with the opening of the Kyushu Shinkansen Kagoshima Route in March, the sightseeing limited express train "Ibusuki no Tamatebako" has begun service on the JR Ibusuki - Makurazaki line.


"Ibusuki no Tamatebako", literally translated "Ibusuki Treasure Box", is named for the famous Japanese folk tale "Taro Urashima"(※) which remains along the JR Ibusuki - Makurazaki railway line. The train is also nicknamed "Ibutama".


◆Unique Exterior

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You'll be surprised to see the paint job on the body of the train. The front of the train is divided into right and left, black and white, and the same paint motif continues down the sides―――In other words, the side by the sea is pure white and the side by the mountains is pitch black. This design is based on the story of when Taro Urashima opened the treasure box, was transformed into an old man and his black hair turned white.


◆Welcoming Passengers with White Mist!

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Once the doors open it's "all aboard"! White smoke pours out from above the door as you board the train. This is a special performance to welcome the passengers, and it's based on the white smoke which pours out from the treasure box that Taro Urashima opens in the story.


◆Parlor-Style Sofa and Bookshelves

With seats facing out the windows towards the ocean, parlor-style sofas and shelves, and a baby circle for the children with adorable little chairs, the train interior will make you feel like you've come to play in your friend's kids' room.

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The sightseeing limited express train "Ibusuki no Tamatebako" has two train cars (capacity 60 people) and makes three trips per day (round trip) between Kagoshima Chuo Station and Ibusuki Station. Reservations are required.

 

Timetable

Sightseeing Limited Express Train

Kagoshima Chuo Station

Kiire Station

Ibusuki Station

Ibusuki no Tamatebako #1

9:54

10:24

10:46

Ibusuki no Tamatebako #3

11:52

12:21

12:43

Ibusuki no Tamatebako #5

14:01

14:34

14:58

 

Sightseeing Limited Express Train

Ibusuki Station

Kiire Station

Kagoshima Chuo Station

Ibusuki Tamatebako #2

10:53

11:16

11:45

Ibusuki Tamatebako #4

12:52

13:15

13:46

Ibusuki Tamatebako #6

15:06

15:29

16:00

 

 

Taro Urashima

 In the legend, Taro Urashima is a fisherman who saves a sea turtle from being bullied by children. As thanks, the turtle brings Taro to Ryugu Castle at the bottom of the sea. Princess Otohime warmly receives him at the castle. After a while Taro states his intention to return home, and the princess gives Taro a treasure box, saying "no matter what, don't open it". The sea turtle carries Taro back to his village, but there is no longer anyone there he recognizes. When he opens up the treasure box, mist pours out and Taro, bathed in the magical mist, is suddenly transformed into an old man. He had only spent a few days at Ryugu Castle, but on the surface many, many years had gone by.

 


 

Let's Go to the Southernmost End of Mainland Japan "Osumi" by Free Rental Car!


Let's Go to the Southernmost End of Mainland Japan

"Osumi" by Free Rental Car!


If you go to Osumi by rental car, visit the tourists sites, and stay at an Osumi area hotel you can get a 24-hour compact car rental for free!

 

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Recommended Sightseeing Spotsnorthwestern area) 

http://www.pref.kagoshima.jp/__filemst__/66463/OUR-10-11.pdf

Recommended Sightseeing Spotseastern area

http://www.pref.kagoshima.jp/__filemst__/66464/OUR-22-23.pdf

Recommended Sightseeing Spotscentral area

http://www.pref.kagoshima.jp/__filemst__/66465/OUR-50-51.pdf

Recommended Sightseeing Spotssouthern area

http://www.pref.kagoshima.jp/__filemst__/66466/OUR-40-41.pdf

Kagoshima Tourist Information

http://www3.pref.kagoshima.jp/kankou/select/index/#5

Delicious Shops

http://b-post.com/our1005/

 





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STEP1: 

Complete the rental process at a registered rent-a-car company, pay the fee, and receive an application form. 

 

STEP2: 

   Take a drive in Osumi region Get stamps at the checkpoints tourism and shopping facilities such as rest stops in 2 out of the 3 blocks (north, central, south)!

   Stay at a designated hotel facility in the Osumi Region and get proof of stay

 

STEP3:

When you return the car to the rent-a-car company, show your application form and get cash back for your car rental feecompact car24 hours for free

 

Click here for "registered rent-a-car companies", "designated hotel facilities", and "tourist site check points"

http://www.pref.kagoshima.jp/infra/kotu/oosumi_rentacar/top.html

 

Campaign Period】 

March 12, 2011March 31, 2012

 

Cash Back Conditions】 

You will only receive cash back on your car rental when you have satisfied all of the following (1)(5) conditions.


(1) The rental client or the driver must stay at a designated

hotel 

facility within Osumi region during the car rental period.


(2) The rental client or the driver must visit and check in at 

least 2 

of the 3 blocks within Osumi region 

(northerncentralsouthern) during their car rental period.


(3)The rental client cannot be a corporation.


(4)Car rental and return locations must be within Kagoshima 

         Prefecture.


(5)The date of your car rental must be after March 12, 

2011 and 

before March 31, 2012.

 

Pamphlets】(Japanese

Pamphlet① http://www.pref.kagoshima.jp/__filemst__/66605/panf01.pdf

Pamphlet② http://www.pref.kagoshima.jp/__filemst__/66606/panf02.pdf

Pamphlet③ http://www.pref.kagoshima.jp/__filemst__/66607/panf03.pdf

 

Enquiries】 

Kagoshima Prefectural Government, Planning Department, Transportation and Traffic Policy DivisionJapanese only

TEL:+81992862455

FAX:+81992865533

E-MAIL: ttptk@pref.kagoshima.lg.jp

8908577 Kagoshima City, Kamoike-shinmachi 101

About the Eruption of Kirishima Mountain(Shinmoe-dake)

●About the Eruption of Kirishima Mountain(Shinmoe-dake)●

As of 5 pm, March 22, 2011, the Kagoshima Local Meteorological Observatory has maintained the volcanic alert level of Kirishima Mountain (Shinmoe-dake) at 3, but the crater area warning for large rocks and other falling volcanic debris has been changed from 4 km to 3 km. Areas within a 3 km radius of the crater are now off-limits.

Accordingly, the previous traffic restrictions on Prefectural Road #1 (Kobayashi - Ebino Highlands - Makizono) were lifted at 3 pm, March 23, and travel between Ebino Highlands and Kirishima Hot Spring (for Maruo) is now possible.
  
Hotels and Japanese-style inns in the Kirishima area are in business and operating as usual.

You can check the live "Shinmoe-dake" @http://kirishima-live.jpn.org/
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