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  • DYA717
    Honolulu9,267 contributions
    Nice train with large windows. The scenery I hoped to see was not to be. The food/snack/drinks service was very good. Nice smooth ride with minimal stops so it seems it's a faster way from Hakone-Yumoto back to Shinjuku.
    Written July 14, 2018
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  • Youssef M
    Mashiko-machi, Japan23 contributions
    They have an old steam locomotive which is a really great experience to try the old train in general and specially if you like trains!
    Written December 8, 2018
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  • platypus150
    Melbourne, Australia25,764 contributions
    The recent typhoon did a lot of wind and flood damage in Chiba Prefecture. The Kominato Railway was one victim and is currently not connecting with the Isumi Railway at Kazusa-Nakano.
    Written November 9, 2019
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  • Ramadurai R
    Cincinnati, OH148 contributions
    It was an interesting experience. You have to take an initial cable car to a staging area where based on crowd you have waiting time to board a double decker cable car. The view at the top is amazing and it was crisp and nice on a sunny day. Clear view of the mountains with occasional cloud passing making you close to it
    Written August 14, 2020
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  • Emma
    Keswick, UK22 contributions
    The Wakayama Electric Railway runs as a branch line from Wakayama station to Kishi station,and has become famous for its Station Master cats. The current two cats, Nitama and Yontama, have set days that they are present at the station, and can been seen by visitors through windows to their areas.

    There are four themed trains which run on a changing schedule. On the day we visited we had the opportunity to ride on the Strawberry and Toy trains, both of which were well maintained and had interesting interior design.

    The train line runs through a rural area; however, there are several sites you can visit along the route. Due to being limited in time we only stopped at the Kishi Station and Itakiso Station. The main attraction at Kishi Station was the station itself, which has an interesting cat design, and a nice gift shop with merchandise of the station cats. There is also a themed cafe which served a limited menu; although the quality of the drinks was decent, it was expensive for what we received.

    At Itakiso, the station was a regular train station; however, there was some smaller theming for its cat, Yontama. Itakiso is also the location of the rail sheds for the line, and we could see the two themed trains which were not in service that day waiting near the station. In the wait between trains we took the time to visit the nearby Itakiso Shrine, and we would have been interested following the hiking trail if we had had more time.

    If you like cats or railways, the Wakayama Electric Railway is worth visiting, and also makes a nice escape from the urban attractions.
    Written May 31, 2020
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  • zwerfkerel
    Wageningen, The Netherlands90 contributions
    a true highlight of my recent trip to Japan: the Shinkansen, its network, its trains, its service ... why hasn't the rest of the developed world keeped up with this? is one contemplating thought whilst sitting in these marvels
    Written December 6, 2019
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  • Paul_in_Australia
    Mitcham, Australia427 contributions
    As others have mentioned, the Sangi railway Hokusei line from Nishi Kuwana to Ageki is a rare 2ft 6in gauge electric operation.

    The line starts from Nishi Kuwana station; a very short walk from the JR/Kintetsu “main line” station.

    Trains run frequently and staff are very friendly. Little English is spoken but the friendly atmosphere prevails.

    The first part of the line is semi industrial but as the journey progresses there are some very pleasant views of rice fields and nearby mountains.

    IC cards are not accepted. Fares are cash only paid into a ticket machine. There is a day ticket available for 1100 yen. The day ticket is also valid on the nearby Sangi 3ft 6in gauge electric railway - that’s also worth a visit.

    As is the case on other nearby railways, local passengers often have the opaque window shades fully pulled down. This can restrict views for those desiring to enjoy the scenery.
    Written May 12, 2019
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  • Wombling_Free_7548
    Bristol, UK1,735 contributions
    The trains are punctual and of course very fast. Despite the speed, the ride is very smooth. It’s fine to eat and drink on board - we brought our own food onto the train but a trolley does come down the aisle if not too busy.

    There are power sockets at the seats which is handy. The luggage racks above the seat will hold medium / large suitcases. There is lots of legroom so plenty of room for smaller suitcases / bags to go in front of you.

    The trains don’t hang around for long at the stations so get ready to get off when it is time for your stop.

    It is worth reserving seats in advance if you can. We didn’t for our trip from Hiroshima to Osaka and had to stand for half the way.

    If you have a JR Rail pass, the trains are great value. Plus they are easy to use.
    Written November 15, 2018
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  • GLSI
    Varese, Italy775 contributions
    We took advantage of the Nasuno shinkansen to stop in Utsunomya and take the JR Nikko train for Nikko, in the morning the train was pretty empty, the train back to Tokyo at 3:30PM was full. Note: in the Japan Rail it is stated that you can reserve a seat for free in the station where you take the train, if you have time I do reommend you to do it to enjoy a seat.
    Written August 28, 2019
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  • Sunny_world_traveler
    Nagoya, Japan38 contributions
    This ropeway gondola costs 900yen single trip, 1800yen for return (there are multiple or oneday tickets as well), and it runs every 20 min. (This ropeway stops operation from 2nd of April - 27 April for checkups.)

    Maybe two different reasons to take this gondola in winter season. Skiing / snowboarding or hiking. I took this gondola to climb Mt. Kita Yokodake.

    It is 7min ride, but you can enjoy awesome view of North, Central, and South Alps, and Mt. Tateshina.

    You can go to 2237m high effortless using this ropeway, and start climbing Mt.Kita yokodake. It takes about 1hour and half to climb the mountain. In winter, you need crampons and proper winter hiking wears.
    I rented snowshoes (2000yen) before I get on the ropeway, and enjoyed snowshoeing as well.

    It is not cheap, but not that expensive compared to similar ropeways.
    Written April 2, 2012
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  • Yi Qin
    Singapore, Singapore204 contributions
    The experience includes a cable car ride up to the mountain top and a chairlft down to a trekking area. We were only only able to take the cable car as the chairlift operation was suspended due to bad climate condition, which was a pity as the chairlift looks fun.

    The panoramic views of the mountains we saw during ride was amazing. We felt so lucky and excited as it started snowing halfway through the ride. There's a cafeteria at the top where we can take a rest to enjoy the nice views over some food and drinks. We managed to explored the open air platform outside and the scenery was gorgeous. Would recommended to those who likes nature.
    Written March 23, 2020
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  • Felisiani Thanti
    Indonesia107 contributions
    I went there for a steam locomotives (and solo trip), but I did going to Okuioui unmanned station with heavy raining and very cold. But I though that need to visit them again sometime in summer or autumn, I bet the lake and the scenery would be awesome (hope not rain again when I visit them).
    the steam locomotive itself is a masterpieces, really appreciate that they are still running and maintenance it well, I know it because I also work at a museum where steam locomotives is still running in Indonesia.
    I really hope to visit them again someday.
    Written May 10, 2020
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  • Eric J
    Munich5,848 contributions
    My son and I were on a bicycle tour and since you cannot take a bike on a train unless it's in a bag, we opted for the ferry. Outbound, we had the Sapporo on the way to a bicycle tour of Hokkaido. Unlike all the other Japanese ferries I have boarded with bicycles (first on, first off), MOL seems to have a last- on / last- off policy, trucks first. That’s a bit annoying, having been spoilt on prior JP ferry trips. But better than swimming.
    Even though we called for tickets at the first opportunity (exactly 60 days prior to sailing date, at 9am local time) we were unable to snag a private berth and ended up with a “casual room” comprising six beds, three to each side of an aisle, three aisles between center and one side of the ship. Those berths were comfortable but not too private. There are lockers available for valuables – you put in 100Yen and lock it up and at the end you get your 100Yen back, e.g., free. It al worked pretty well.
    There was a nice public bath with a sea view (not much to see at night) with a decent shower / hair dryer / etc area. Towels could be purchased for 700Yen (smaller ones for 250Yen).
    The dinner buffet was not very attractive so we just purchased instant ramen at the shop. Edible.
    The return to Oarai, ship name Furano, was better. We were able to get a large twin-bed room (No. 114) with private bath. It was great to be able to lock the door and leave all of our things in a secure place. The bathroom was larger than bathrooms at many “business hotels.” There were two beds, radio, TV, closet, work desk, a coffee table and two chairs, fridge and a tea service. It was very comfortable and the AirCon worked very well.
    The dinner buffet was pretty good for a ferry. The sliced steak was very tender, much better than expected. The Bulgogi was also excellent. There was not a huge variety on the salad bar but everything there was fresh and good. The fried chicken was also very good, cooked just right and very moist.
    Vending machines on board had beers at about a 30-40% premium to land stores, not such a bad tradeoff. There was still plenty of beer available from the vending machines the next morning but the food vending machines were totally empty, so be warned if that’s your plan.
    The free internet was free but not very available from room 114. I had much better luck with my LTE modem.
    All in all, MOL was fine, a good way to get from “almost Tokyo” to Hokkaido and back.
    Written August 23, 2015
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  • Peter Choy
    Hong Kong, China5,143 contributions
    After lunch we drove for about 30 minutes to Hakkoda Ropeway, located in the northern part of Towada (十和田) and Hachimantai (八幡平) National Park. About 40 minutes away from Aomori City, the ropeway was opened in October 1968. During winter to spring, one can come for mountain skiing, watching snow melting, and the blossom of many alpine plants in the wetlands.

    For those who like hiking, you can walk to Mt. Akakura (赤倉岳) and Mt. Idodake (井戸岳). In the summer, it welcomes tourists from all over the country as sightseeing spots on the Hakkoda / Towada Gold Line and as the starting point for trekking courses. In late September, the autumn foliage near the mountaintop park station attracted many visitors. There is a record for the number of visitors riding the ropeway in October reaching 100,000.

    In mid-October, one would start to see the first snow, but the ski season is from about December to mid-May, and you can enjoy a long course of 5km full of pristine nature. In recent years, more and more tourists come during January and February to enjoy the best skiing moments.

    In August 2001, the ropeway reached a milestone of serving 10 million people since opening, and in May 2003, the new gondola made by CWA in Switzerland started to be used. In 2004, at the base and summit station, a newly built 11-seater elevator started operations, as part of barrier-free initiative, including a renovated base station waiting room hall. In July 2005, the drive controller, spare power plant, and power distribution facilities were updated.

    The ropeway opens daily, with the first train starting at 9:00. The last train will depart on 16:20 (Mar to early Nov) and 15:40 (mid-Nov to Feb). The train operates every 15-20 minutes with total travel time about 10 minutes. There is a free parking lot that can accommodate about 350 cars

    After paying for the tickets (2,000 yen each, return ticket), we took the ride on the ropeway, seeing some beautiful scenery, including the Aomori City and the Mutsu Bay as the background. The higher up the weather started to get windy and dark, and by the time we arrived at the summit station we could feel the chill and wind.

    Looking at the thermometer it has dropped to nearly zero degree Celsius, and with the condition we could not go on the Hakkoda Gourd Trek as planned. After taking a few photos, we had to take the ropeway back down the hill, with big disappointment, and hope we can come back again in warmer season to enjoy the hike.
    Written December 26, 2019
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  • Akanisi T
    7 contributions
    Beppu Ropeway is a great spot to go if you want to enjoy the stunning views of Beppu and Oita.

    The view from the summit is beautiful and makes for a terrific photo opportunity. You can explore the paved paths and ascend the mountain’s actual summit from the top. Definitely recommend !
    Written October 13, 2021
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