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Our next trip in April will involve going from Hiroshima to Fukuoka.

We would like to take local trains, not the shinkansen, but the information I can find on the internet only point me to the shinkansen.

I can see on google maps that there is a rail line going between the two cities, but that's the most I could get.

Where can I find timetable and fares for the local trains connecting Hiroshima to Fukuoka?

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You can use JR West Japan's website.

Sample Search

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Take note that the main station in Fukuoka (where I live) is not called "Fukuoka Station" but Hakata Station. So in the above search I entered "Hakata" in case that is where you intend to go to. If you really wish to go to Fukuoka Station (a non-JR line), just change the search or you can also take the 100-yen loop bus right in front of Hakata Station.

Sample Result

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So in the above example, if you wish to arrive at Hakata by 12:00 tomorrow (Feb 6), then you would need to leave Hiroshima at 6:24 am, make 3 transfers, and pay a total of 6,380 yen if you are an adult.

Note

I noticed that in this search result it shows that you have to take a "Reserved seating" for 1,050 yen. However, I checked another site (Navitime, in Japanese language only) and it shows an option for an unreserved seat for 520 yen only, lowering the total fare to 5,850 yen.

Discount Fare

There is discount fare called "Seishun Juuhachi Kippu" (青春18きっぷ) available from JR each spring, summer, and winter. Last spring it was sold from Feb 20 to Apr 10 and was available to use from Mar 1 to Apr 10. There is no information yet for the coming spring, but I think that it will be around the same time. It's only about 12,000 yen but you can use it for 5 full days on local trains and even some ferries. Check this link for more info.

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    +1, but please note that the Seishun 18 can only be used on local trains, which makes it very slow. On the upside, you can split the 5 individual coupons between multiple people, so it could be cost-efficient even if there's just two of you going one-way. – lambshaanxy Feb 5 at 11:37
  • main station in Fukuoka is not called "Fukuoka Station" Well that's not confusing at all! – Strawberry Feb 5 at 17:58
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    @Strawberry indeed it is. This blog post gives some background story. – DXV Feb 6 at 0:24

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