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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, Australia25,753 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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  • 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, UK1,715 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • garetjax72
    Singapore, Singapore232 contributions
    Efficient ferry service connecting Nagasu on the main island, and Taira on the Unzen Peninsula. The journey was smooth, and it was fun feeding the seagulls that follow the ferry as it crosses the strait.

    Note that you are driving, the ticket office for vehicles is not at the main ferry building itself, but is a small one at the entrance to the loading area (use Google Maps).
    Written January 11, 2019
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  • Mark T
    Houston, TX426 contributions
    I used Tobu line when I was in Japan.I used Tobu line on April 17th in order to visit Nikko.I am a Japanese and understand the language.If you don't understand Japanese and are going to Nikko from Tokyo.You should use "Limited Express Spacia".It is the best way to go to Nikko.But if you want to save money, you have to use "Local train".You need to check the timetable and transfer stations on the internet before you go.Please ask help some Japanese if you got lost.You just say" Nikko" to them.Hope you enjoy your ride on Tobu!
    Written April 17, 2019
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  • Peter R.
    Ulsan, South Korea1,348 contributions
    In other Japanese cities I have visited (including Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Matsuyama and Toyama), I have really enjoyed travelling on their extensive streetcar (tram) networks. Don't get me wrong; Sapporo trams are equally enjoyable ..... there's just not enough of them! Confined to a single loop line to the SW of the city centre, Sapporo's network amounts to a total of 24 stops in the loop with trams running in both clockwise and anticlockwise directions.
    I got the opportunity to travel on the tram when visiting Mt. Moiwa Ropeway which involves taking the subway to Susukino subway station (N08 on the Namboku Line), interchange with the tram at street level then transfering to the Ropeway shuttle bus at Ropeway Inguchi tram stop. A fixed fare of Y200 per journey, you pay as you exit from the door at the front of the tram.
    Wonderfully retro .... I wish there was a more extensive network!
    Written August 11, 2020
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  • tamami a
    Minato, Japan41 contributions
    指定席の、のどかな観光列車です★釧路発では左側に湿原が広がるのでオススメです。途中に流れる川でカヌーしてる人がいて羨ましかった〜!今度は途中下車して湿原内を散策したい^^

    beautiful view and u can spend rerax time.
    if u want , u can get off the train and working around Kushiro Wetlands.
    Written September 12, 2017
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