Kamome (かもめ) is a limited express train operated by JR Kyushu in Japan. It operates between Hakata and Nagasaki on the Kagoshima Main Line and the Nagasaki Main Line. Kamome means seagull in Japanese.

885 series Shiroi Kamome
Service typeLimited express
First service1937
Current operator(s)JR Kyushu
Line(s) usedKagoshima Main Line, Nagasaki Main Line
Rolling stock783 series, 885 series EMUs
Operating speed130 km/h (80 mph)
Interior of 885 series Kamome


The Kamome name (written as "鷗") was first used from 1 July 1937 on limited express trains operating between Tokyo and Kobe. This service continued until February 1943.[1]

The name (written as "かもめ") was subsequently revived from 15 March 1953 for use on limited express services operating between Kyoto and Hakata. This service was discontinued in March 1975 with the completion of the Sanyō Shinkansen to Hakata.[1]

The service in its current form commenced on 1 July 1976, coinciding with electrification of the Nagasaki Main Line (initially operating between Kokura and Nagasaki, later between Hakata and Nagasaki) using 485 series EMUs.[1]

Rolling stockEdit

Rolling stock currently usedEdit

  • 783 series EMUs (initially branded Hyper Saloon, since 1989)
  • 885 series tilting EMUs (branded Shiroi Kamome and Shiroi Sonic, since 2000)

Rolling stock used in the pastEdit

485 series, December 1992

Station stopsEdit

Stations in parentheses are not served by all trains.

Special stopsEdit


  • JR Timetable, December 2008
  • JR新幹線&特急列車ファイル (JR Shinkansen & Limited Express Train File). Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. 2008. ISBN 978-4-330-00608-6.
  1. ^ a b c d e 列車名鑑1995 (Train Name Directory 1995). Japan: Railway Journal. August 1995.