Sightseeing train Yufuin no Mori, which runs from Hakata to Yufuin, will start operating again from July 15. The service had been suspended due to the heavy downpours in northern Kyushu last week. The existing route takes passengers through Hita City, but severe damage in the area means that the train will have to take a detour through Kokura and Oita. The sustained damage includes a railway bridge on the Kyudai Main Line that was swept away. According to reports, a total of 97 station buildings and related facilities have been affected by the extreme weather conditions. The new route will take about 4 hours and 45 minutes, nearly twice as long as normal. A one-way trip will cost ¥4,010, with tickets set to go on sale from July 13. Two round trips will run per day until the end of July. The service and state of the railway will be re-evaluated in August. The luxury cruise train Seven Stars is also currently out of service until August 20 while its vehicles undergo inspection. Prolonged restoration work could have a negative impact on sightseeing, so there has been discussion of the train taking a different route from as early as August 22. Source: Nikkei Shimbun, 7/11/2017
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