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Bungo Mori Roundhouse (Memorial Park)

Railway and history enthusiasts are sure to enjoy a trip to the Bungo Mori Roundhouse. Officially completed in 1934 and opened to the public in the same year as the JR Kyudai Line, this structure is said to be one of the very few railway turntables that still remains within all of Japan. The uniquely fan-shaped engine house that sits behind the turntable is a sight in itself and is said to be the only railway heritage site of its kind in Kyushu.

After era of steam locomotives came to an end, the vast number of roundhouses were demolished, but the Bungo Mori Roundhouse has been remarkably preserved, maintaining its original form to this very day. With its classic architecture set amidst a beautiful landscape, the turntable looks as if it has come straight out of a film, looking particularly stunning in photos. Those looking to appreciate this historic site from the window of a train are encouraged to hop on the Limited Express “Yufuin no Mori” resort train, which offers a different, breathtaking angle of roundhouse.

Bungo Mori Roundhouse Museum

To learn about the rich history of this site, you’ll want to stop by the on-premises railway museum. Designed by the renowned industrial designer Eiji Mitooka, who was also responsible for the luxurious “Seven Stars in Kyushu” cruise train, the museum houses exhibits of Eiji Mitooka’s other works, along with a picture book corner for children. It’s a destination any railroad-loving family is sure to enjoy.

Airport: Oita Airport

Notes:

Bungo Mori Roundhouse (Memorial Park)

Hours:
Open 24 hours a day.

Admission:
Free

Address:
36-15 Iwamuro, Kusu-machi, Kusu-gun, Oita Prefecture

Tel:
+81-973-72-7153 (Kusu Town Hall Commerce and Tourism Promotion Division)

Bungo Mori Roundhouse Museum

Hours:
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Admission:
100 yen

Address:
36-15 Iwamuro, Kusu-machi, Kusu-gun, Oita Prefecture

Closed:
Mondays (Tuesdays if a public holiday falls on a Monday)

Tel:
+81-973-77-2222

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