3 Best Train Trips in Japan To See Best Sea Side Views
The view from a train window is one of the enjoyments when traveling in Japan, which has varied terrain. Especially, a tourist train that runs along the sea is noteworthy. From the city to the countryside, and to the seacoast. This time, let us introduce three routes of Shizuoka, Akita-Aomori, and Kumamoto-Kagoshima.
“Izu Craile” - The elegant resort train to relax by looking at the ocean.
It is the all reserved first class rapid train running on east coast of Izu Peninsula from Odawara Station in Kanagawa to Izukyu-Shimoda Station in Shizuoka. The train has 4 different types of cars: car no.1 offers counter seats on the seaward side, car no.2 comes with a bar counter with lounge, and car no.3 has compartment seats for 3-4 people. Meals and drinks are served as a package in car no.1 and 3.
●The fare is different according to the plan because the ride to the car no.1 and 3 is sold as a travel tour package, starting from 9,800 yen~ for one way. A ticket for car no. 4 is sold as basic fare ticket, between Odawara and Izukyu-Shimoda stations for 2,290 yen, an additional 1,280yen for first class seat
A mobile restaurant “Orange Restaurant Express” - you can enjoy a 'slow life' style trip
“Hisatsu Orange Railway” is a tourist train connecting Shin-Yatsushiro Station in Kumamoto and Sendai Station in Kagoshima. It is a two-car train, and both cars’ seats are laid out roomy and comfortable. Car no.1 is used as a dining car, which has 23 seats and ocean-view counter tables. Car no.2 is a “living room” style car inspired by a hotel’s living space, and provides only 20 seats. Some souvenirs will be served in addition to the cuisine using local products from along the railway line.
“Orange Restaurant Express”
●Orange Railway reservation center
●Package Plan (boarding with meals) 6,500 yen~21,000 yen on the car no. 1 and 2. Boarding only is available on car no.2, Shinyatsushiro-Sendai stations for fare 2,780 yen＋Reserved seat 1,400 yen
“Resort Shirakami” - Running between World Heritage Mountains and the Sea of Japan!
Resort Shirakami is a pioneer of resort trains, which marked the 20th anniversary since its start of operating. It connects between Akita Station in Akita and Shin-Aomori/Aomori stations via Hirosaki Station in Aomori. On the way to Aomori, you will see a World Heritage Site, Shirakami Mountains along with the beautiful sea-view. Each car of three train sets named Buna, Aoike, and Kumagera is unique. There are an observation room and box seats, and also the car, Buna comes with a bar counter selling souvenirs such as local sake, sweets and so on.
●Akita - Aomori stations for 4,430 yen, Reserved seat 520 yen
*The above information was last updated April 1, 2017. For further information, please contact the facilities directly.
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