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.