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A White Sonic 885 series EMU
Service typeLimited express
First service1997
Current operator(s)JR Kyushu
Line(s) usedKagoshima Main Line, Nippō Main Line
Rolling stock883 series, 885 series EMUs
Operating speed130 km/h (80 mph)

Sonic (ソニック, sonikku) is the name used by Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu) for the limited express train service operating between Hakata and Ōita via Kokura and Beppu along the Kagoshima Main Line and Nippō Main Line in Kyushu, Japan. It runs every 30 minutes at a speed of 130 km/h (80 mph) - with a journey time of approximately 2 hours.

Rolling stock

Services are operated by a fleet of eight 7-car 883 series electric multiple unit (EMU) trains and eleven 6-car 885 series White Sonic EMUs.

Most services are operated by renovated Series 883 trains including a panoramic lounge area located in the Green Car (first class).[1]

An 883 series EMU on a Sonic service in July 2008
An 883 series EMU on a Sonic service in July 2008


See also


  • "JR Timetable" March 2008 issue
  1. ^ "TrainReview". Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  2. ^ "中間車両を6両新製し、特急「ソニック」の座席数を増やします", JR Kyushu press release, 24 June 2008, retrieved 26 June 2008 Archived 28 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine (in Japanese)