About Orange Railway

Orange Railways stops at 28 stations between Yatsushiro City, Kumamoto Prefecture and Satsumasendai City, Kagoshima Prefecture. Along the route, you can enjoy beautiful coastlines of the East China Sea and Shiranui Sea, as well as wonderful views of local citrus orchards. Satsuma Kaido, the road used by famous warlords during Japan's feudal era, runs parallel to the rail line. These historic townscapes and sites have been carefully preserved to pass down the atmosphere of those days.

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This comprehensive brochure contains sightseeing information along the Hisatsu Orange Railway Line and access from various other places.

Corporate Profile

Corporate Profile

Company Name

Hisatsu Orange Railway Co., Ltd.
Foundation Date October 31st,, 2002
Establishment Date March 13th, 2004
Main Office 1-1-1 Hagiwara-Machi, Yatsushiro City, Kumamoto 866-0831 Japan
TEL +81-965-32-5678 FAX +81-965-32-5411
Sales Department 717-2 Kamisababuchi, Izumi City, Kagoshima 899-0203
TEL +81-996-63-6860 FAX +81-996-63-3567
Transport Division 712-2 Kamisababuchi, Izumi City, Kagoshima 899-0203
Management Agency A third sector railway company invested in by Kumamoto Prefecture, Kagoshima Prefecture, and other municipalities along the railway line.
Service Area Between Yatsuhiro Station and Sendai Station (with partial service to Kumamoto Station or Kagoshima Chuo Station).
Service Line Distance 116.9km
Double-Track Sections Between Yuura and Tsunagi (8.7km)
Number of Stations 28 Stations
10 Manned Stations (Yatsushiro / Hinagu Onsen / Higo Tanoura / Sashiki / Minamata / Izumi / Nishi Izumi / Nodago / Akune / Sendai)
18 Unmanned Stations (Higo Takada / Higo Futami / Kami Tanoura / Tanoura Otachimisaki Kouen / Uminoura / Yunoura / Tsunagi / Shin-Minamata / Fukuro / Komenotsu / Takaono / Origuchi / Ushinohama / Satsuma Ohkawa / Nishikata / Satsuma Taki / Kusamichi / Kami Sendai)

Corporate History

March, 2004 As a result of the opening of the Kyushu Shinkansen service, management of the railway line between Yatsuhiro and Sendai was transferred to "Hisatsu Orange Railway Company."
March, 2008 Start of the "Super Orange" a rapid train service between JR Kumamoto Station and Izumi Station and the "Ocean Liner Satsuma," a rapid train service between JR Kagoshima Chuo Station and Izumi Station.
July, 2010 Start of the "Super Orange" a rapid train service between JR Kumamoto Station and Izumi Station and the "Ocean Liner Satsuma," a rapid train service between JR Kagoshima Chuo Station and Izumi Station.

Travel Business Sector

Travel Agency Registered with Kumamoto Governor Registration Number: 2-207

Origin of Company Name

The "Hisatsu" in "Hisatsu Orange Railway" is derived from the first kanji characters of the words "Higo" and "Satsuma," the former names of Kumamoto and Kagoshima Prefectures, respectively. "Orange Railway" comes from the area through which the trains run. It is a region famous for producing unique varieties of citrus fruits such as Banpeiyu, Bon-Tan, Ama-Natsu, Dekopon, Satsuma Mikan, and Kumquat.

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