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Address: Kishigawacho Inokuchi, Kinokawa 640-0424, Wakayama Prefecture
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Tama Densha - One Of A Kind

It took us about 2 hours to get from Osaka Namba to Kishigawa Station. There are four trains - Tama theme, strawberry theme, toy theme and a new dog theme. Except for the dog... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 21, 2015
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HONG KONG
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537 reviews
332 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

Travelling back and forth from Wakayama to Kishi, you can either travel with the Tama Cat Train or the Strawberry Train. You will reach Kishi, the final stop, where there is the Tama Cat Museum and Cafe. Highly recommended to cat lovers!

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Singapore
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

If you know about the Kishigawa line, chances are you probably want to go to the terminus station of the line i.e. Kishi Station, where the Tama Museum is. The Kishigawa line is accessible from JR Wakayama (platform 9 but don't worry, just look for the paw prints and cartoons of Tama). Staff there are also very helpful and will... More 

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singapore
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

It took us about 2 hours to get from Osaka Namba to Kishigawa Station. There are four trains - Tama theme, strawberry theme, toy theme and a new dog theme. Except for the dog theme, the rest have lovely interiors. The Tama theme train is really one of a kind, a novelty! Bookshelves filled with comics, toys in display shelves,... More 

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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I read about this place years ago in an anime magazine, and always wanted to visit if I ever made it to Japan. Sadly, a month before we visited, Tama-chan crossed the Rainbow Bridge, so just Ni-Tama was there. We had our entire trip planned around us being at the station when Tama was there, so when I found out... More 

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Forest Hills, New York
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33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The Wakayama Electric Railway is the way to get to Kishi, the home of Tama, the famous Stationmaster cat. Over the last decade Tama has brought several million dollars to the area and probably saved the railroad from abandonment. There are Tama souvenirs at two stations Tama has spawned a large toy, book, etc. industry. Several trains are decorated inside... More 

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Singapore, null, Singapore
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120 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Just download the time schedule and ensure you get on the Tama stationmaster train design. The other design will include the strawberry, the toy and Olympic (I name it as it's a while mascot holding a Olympic torch). The cat design have nice decor it, details till the window shades and light bulb with cat design. Cats are either cat... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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93 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

What others didn't tell you was that the damn cat do go on vacation and has a schedule more relaxed than the Queen of England. We were there the first time at exactly 5pm, which was the last train out of Kishi Station. Tama wasn't in her cage, so we thought we came a little too late and that she... More 

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Kinokawa, Japan
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Kishigawa Electric Rail has a number of themed trains; the toy train, the ichigo train, and the Tama-chan train. The latter is dedicated to Tama, the station master who resides at Kishi station. Oh, did I mention that Tama is a cat? Only in Japan!

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Vermont
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

I learned about Tama the Cat, the "Super Stationmaster" of Kishi Station at the end of the Wakayama Electric Railway several years ago. The story goes that the line was nearly bankrupt due to low ridership and they got rid of the stationmasters. A local shopkeeper put a stray cat in the station, dubbed her the "stationmaster" and people from... More 

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