Japan (Feb 2012) Day 12: Sanrio Harmonyland (Part 1)
To get to Harmonyland from Yufuin, we had to take a train from Yufuin to Oita station, then transfer to another train to get to Kitsuki station. And then from there, it's just a short bus/cab ride (about 7mins) to Harmonyland itself.
|Trying to catch sunrise...but too much clouds|
|Taking train from Yufuin to Oita|
|This is a model of the Yufuin no mori train which we have been unable to get tickets for the previous day.|
|Ltd Exp Sonic train from Oita to Kitsuki station|
|There's power socket on this train at the seats|
|Exterior of Kitsuki station|
|Bus schedule (from Kitsuki to Harmonyland)|
Bus schedules usually changes in different seasons. Therefore, do not assume that the bus timing for your trip will be exactly the same as the one seen in the photos I posted here.
You can usually find the bus timetable from Kitsuki station (杵築駅前) to Harmony land (ハーモニー ラ ン ド) from the bus operator's website: http://www.oitakotsu.co.jp/.
The bus journey from Kitsuki station to Harmonyland usually takes about 10mins.
Since the bus schedules changes every few months, so I'm afraid if I put a direct link to the bus timetables, it will be invalid after a few months' time when schedule changes.
Therefore, am typing out this guide on how to search for the bus timetables.
Looks kinda complicated I know, but hopefully it will help.
To do a search on bus schedule from Kitsuki station to Harmonyland, do this:
Step 1: Go to http://www.oitakotsu.co.jp/
Step 2: Use the dropdown menu to search for the bus stops that starts with "き" (which is the Japanese Hiragana character for "Ki"). It should be 7th from the top in the dropdown list.
Step 3: Locate "杵築駅前" (which means "in front of Kitsuki station")
Step 4: There are 2 bus schedules under "Kitsuki station", 1 goes to Harmonyland and 1 doesn't go to Harmonyland.
The bus that goes to Harmonyland has the word "ハーモニー ラ ン ド" (which means "Harmonyland") under the "Via" column at the top of the bus schedule.
To do a search on bus schedule from Harmonyland to Kitsuki station, do this:
Step 1, go to http://www.oitakotsu.co.jp/
Step 2: Use the dropdown menu to search for the bus stops that starts with "は" (which is the Japanese Hiragana character for "Ha"). It should be 19th from the bottom in the dropdown list.
Step 3: Locate "ハーモニーランド " (which means "Harmonyland")
Step 4: There should only be 1 bus schedule listed under "ハーモニーランド " (which means Harmonyland)
Note though: There's also another bus stop labelled as "ハーモニーランド入口" (which means "Harmonyland entrance") and there are 2 bus schedules linked to that.
1 goes to 杵築ﾊﾞｽﾀｰﾐﾅﾙ Kitsuki bus terminal via 杵築駅 Kitsuki station (meaning that the bus doesn't end at Kitsuki station, but will make a brief stop at Kitsuki station.
And another 1 goes to 日出駅 Hiji station.
Make sure you check the "column at the top of the bus schedule to make sure u are seeing the schedule for the correct bus.
If this is too complicated, then once u arrive at Harmonyland, just ask the Information counter staff for the bus schedule from Harmonyland to Kitsuki station.
|Bus stop just outside Harmonyland. Wait here for the return bus from Harmonyland to Kitsuki station|
|Overview of Harmonyland|