There are two primary rail lines that run through Onojo. The JR and Nishitetsu trains both run North and South through the center of Onojo.
The JR line has two stations in Onojo: Onojo Station and Mizuki Station. Both of these are on the Kagoshima Line. The Kagoshima Line is the primary JR line for Kyushu. For those of you planning on attending classes at KASTEC (Art, Science and Technology Center for Cooperative Research, Kyushu University), the JR Onojo Station will be the closest one. Also, our offices are just a couple of buildings down from this station. The Mizuki Station lies just South of the Onojo Station. It grants convenient access to the site where the original castle stood in Onojo, the nearby park (Furusato Water Castle Park), and the Minami Fukuoka’s Driving School.
Nishitetsu has two stations along the Tenjin Omuta Line in Onojo: The Shirakibaru Station and the Shimo-Ori Station. The Shimo-Ori Station is one of the Express stops along the Tenjin Omuta Line; so, this will get you into Tenjin fairly rapidly if you plan to commute. Although “downtown” doesn’t really translate into Japanese, I would consider the Shimo-Ori Station to be closest to the downtown area. There is a large taxi and bus stop along with bakeries, pubs, restaurants, and a popular Yakitori stand near by. Incidentally, you can take the Nishitetsu Tenjin Omuta Line South to get to the popular Dazaifu Tenman-gu, although you will need to switch trains at the Nishitetsu-Futsukaichi Station for the last leg of the trip.
Nishitetsu buses travel throughout Onojo. They’re quite convenient. There is also a more local bus company called Madoka that goes between shopping centers, etc.
As with just about all of Japan, taxis are readily available whenever and wherever you need them. If you’re driving, yourself, the Kyushu Expressway runs right through Onojo. The Expressway can be a pricy adventure; but, it will get you where you want to go much faster than surface streets will.
All in all, moving about in Onojo is very convenient, especially if you are located within the central area near the main rail lines. Happy commuting!