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  • Adha
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates240 contributions
    The service is a bit expensive in comparison with the others trains, but is worth it If you want to save time, takes you long distances very quick. Good service, food available, big space and you can move the seat both sides.
    Written February 24, 2019
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  • Michael D
    Huddersfield, UK83 contributions
    Travelled by coach to mt Fuji spent a couple of hours in awe of this sacred mountain,then a short coach ride to the nearest station ,where we saw several bullet trains speed through,then our train arrived and we set off to Tokyo station,train was so clean,comfortable, and warm,a real unforgettable experience,one of the many highlights of our trip to Japan that we'll never forget.
    Written March 18, 2021
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  • CanuckJames
    Nishinomiya, Japan1,159 contributions
    There are three big railway museums in Japan. JR West, JR Chubu (central), and JR East. Each is good but highlights different things.

    This is hosted by JR East - located near Omiya Station Saitama. From JR Omiya Station, take the New Train - the museum is located on the first stop.

    This complex was fairly recently expanded and renovated. It is a fantastic place for adults and children.

    Under strict COVID protocol, they currently are not accepting walk-ins. To control how many people are inside at any one time, they are only accepting prepurchased tickets. Tickets are 1,000 yen per adult.

    Today, it was full of many children on their school trips.

    The exhibits were very good. Rolling stock from the turn of the century. Coal trains, steam trains, trains from the major lines. The unique narrow track design and the standard international track width - how this affects speed, etc....

    You can board most of the trains, there are explanation exhibits. Inner workings of an engine, braking, controls etc....

    Children's areas have equipment where children can try out different experiments or outside, there is a mini-train park where children can have a train ride.

    You need an easy 2-3 hours to see everything without been rushing but if you are a train aficionado, you will need much more time. Those with children, they will not be bored. Lots of things to do.

    The only stupid rule is - no selfie sticks.

    Note: These folks are CLOSED every Tuesday.

    Food prices inside are predatory. You are forewarned.
    Written December 22, 2021
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  • ManngaDua
    Singapore, Singapore421 contributions
    First time to take this railway. The seat is comfortable and spacious. They are equipped with charging plug. The carriage has the luggage storage area, which was very convenient for me to store my 24 inch luggage.
    The trip to Karuizawa took only 1 hour.
    Overall, it was pleasant experience.
    Written August 15, 2022
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  • sumukh k
    doha,qatar33 contributions
    The Disney resort line is an excellent way to commute between JR Maihama , Disney hotels and Disneyland and Disney sea.
    Loved the Mickey themed windows !
    Written December 27, 2019
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  • Eric J
    Munich5,848 contributions
    The train, shortened to "Ibutama," is a special sightseeing train painted white on the side facing the shoreline and black on the side facing inland. All the seats face the shoreline and are spacious and unlike any commuter trin. There is an area for children, too. The attendants come around and offer props with which to have your picture taken, and you can get beer and other refreshments. The tickets book up well in advance during weekends and holiday periods, so do book as early as you can. The views are good, not amazing, but the mood in the train makes it all great fun.
    Written August 29, 2019
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  • Stanleymak7777
    Singapore, Singapore66 contributions
    The Gono line (Gonosen) is the train ride that every Japanese wants to take at least once in a lifetime.

    It starts at Aomori Station and ends at Akita Station. It takes more than 5 hours to complete the entire trip.

    During the train ride, there is a 3-String Performance by a couple of Japanese musicians. It is a very unique experience. We enjoyed it very much.

    In addition, we could stop at another stop at Senjyojiki Beach to take very scenic photos of the place.

    It is highly recommended for anyone who wants to see the natural beauty of the North-Western area of Honshu, Japan.
    Written October 28, 2019
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  • PaulSiow
    Petaling Jaya, Malaysia2,731 contributions
    The monorial complement the tokyo metro trains. We could use our JR pass on it and used it to visit Odaiba and Haneda airport. Slow ride but quite enjoyable especially when approaching Odaiba.
    Written February 29, 2020
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  • GAN L
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia8,696 contributions
    An exciting ride between Ofuna Station and Enoshima. We were taken on an exciting journey up and over small mountains and valleys and the sea. Saw lots of greenery, nice views of the city.
    Written July 10, 2019
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  • platypus150
    Melbourne, Australia25,797 contributions
    The hourly local train from Narita town to Choshi comes in on Platforms 2/3. The little local train is also hourly, so it may not be there yet. It is classic vehicle, made over and very clean and photogenic. A single ticket to the end of the line is 350 yen, while a day ticket for unlimited riding is just 700. None of the staff and few of the signs are in English, but after a lot of effort we found the souvenir box at the depot station (first from Choshi). The scenery is good with vegetables growing in the fields and some atypical station buildings.
    Written November 8, 2019
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  • Dan Theman
    New York105 contributions
    This is one of my favorite metro train rides of any city I've been in. You get to get a beautiful and very vast few of Tokyo, the Tokyo Bay, the Rainbow Bridge, Odaiba. Its a very nice scenic ride through Tokyo and I really loved and enjoyed seeing a good chunk of Tokyo. Especially on a clear, sunny day.
    Written September 12, 2019
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  • eagle32016
    New York City, NY102 contributions
    Skyliner is the fastest train on narrow gauge (Shinkansen is the fastest but it is on standard gauge). It connects Narita airport to Ueno, downtown Tokyo in about 40 minutes. To go to other parts of Tokyo, it is recommended that you get off at Nippori Station, one before Ueno station, and connect to JR lines or subway. It is very reasonably priced, too, so a good alternative to Narita Express.
    Written February 8, 2020
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  • fionayyy
    Hong Kong, China218 contributions
    Only took it to get to the airport from Naha city, was a bit crowded at around 9am (tourists and commuters), but the trip was smooth. You can get a ticket easily from the machines (QR code on the ticket where you scan during entry and exit.. though it looks like the old fashioned magnetic tickets when taking JR or other rails). around 5 min walk from the domestic terminal to international terminal (indoors with shops) .
    Written February 17, 2020
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  • mrbadsyam
    Cyberjaya, Malaysia283 contributions
    One of the most convenience ways to travel. But behold with all the roads junctions gates etc that surely can give you headache.
    Written January 13, 2020
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  • Cheryl B
    Australia89 contributions
    Thoroughly enjoyed our trip on Stove train.
    Beautiful scenery.
    Train comfortable but would advise seating near stove best.
    Written February 7, 2019
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