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Ride on Torokko (trolley) trains - Western Japan

2017.07.25

Traveling in Japan is not always in a hurry. While on a windowless open-air car you can feel the cool wind in valleys, and breathe green smell of grass. Let's enjoy distinctive atmosphere and travel time by the Torokko trains running in Kurobe, Kyoto and Aso.

“Sagano Romantic train” -- Discontinued railroad is reborn into Kyoto’s tourist train

“Sagano Romantic train” -- Discontinued railroad is reborn into Kyoto’s tourist train
“Sagano Romantic train” -- Discontinued railroad is reborn into Kyoto’s tourist train2
“Sagano Romantic train” -- Discontinued railroad is reborn into Kyoto’s tourist train3
“Sagano Romantic train” -- Discontinued railroad is reborn into Kyoto’s tourist train4
“Sagano Romantic train” -- Discontinued railroad is reborn into Kyoto’s tourist train5
The old line of Sanin line, 7.3 km that was abolished with electrification and double tracking became a tourist train using trolley cars, which remodeled wagons. While heading to the scenic sight, Arashiyama Kyoto, you can enjoy the view of Hozukyo Gorge. In front of Torokko Saga Station, there is “19th Century Hall” that exhibits 19th century's science technology and art, such as the steam locomotive type D51. To Saga Arashiyama Station that is adjacent to Torokko Saga Station, it takes only 15 minutes by train from JR Kyoto Station. It is easy to incorporate into your sightseeing plan of Kyoto.

“Sagano Romantic Train”
●Sagano Scenic Railway Co., Ltd.
●075-861-8511
https://www.sagano-kanko.co.jp/
●Fare: 620 yen (All Seats Reserved)
Advance Tickets also available one month before, except "Rich Go" (Car No.5: windowless open-air car). Tickets for car No, 5 can only be sold on the day and cannot be reserved in advance.

A gorge train, “Kurobe Gorge Torokko Train” is still supporting energy development

A gorge train, “Kurobe Gorge Torokko Train” is still supporting energy development
A gorge train, “Kurobe Gorge Torokko Train” is still supporting energy development2
A gorge train, “Kurobe Gorge Torokko Train” is still supporting energy development3
“Kurobe Gorge Torokko Train” was made for power development along the Kurobe River, which flows from the North Alps into the Sea of Japan. In the vicinity, there are many representative sights of Japan including Kurobe Dam and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. Even today, not only for sightseeing purposes, but also private trains for an electric power company are in operation. While 1 hour and 20 minutes one-way trip, the dynamic views such as rock walls, iron bridges and more continue along. The car is smaller than ordinary trains, and you can choose a windowless open-air car or with window.

“Kurobe Gorge Torokko Train”
●Kurobe Gorge Railway reservation & inquiries center
●0765-62-1011
http://www.kurotetu.co.jp/
●Operated from April 20, 2017 to November 30, 2017
●Fare from Unazuki to Keyakidaira:
Coach, windowless open-air: Adult 1,710 yen
Special passenger trains with windows: Additional charge 370 yen
“Relax” passenger trains with windows: Additional charge 530 yen
Number of tickets per train is limited. Tickets can be booked three months in advance of the day of ride.

“Minamiaso Railway Torokko Train Yusuge-go” runs around Aso caldera

“Minamiaso Railway Torokko Train Yusuge-go” runs around Aso caldera
“Minamiaso Railway Torokko Train Yusuge-go” runs around Aso caldera2
“Minamiaso Railway Torokko Train Yusuge-go” runs around Aso caldera3
A train that three torokko cars with two small diesel locomotives runs one of the tourist destinations, Aso in Kyushu. From the window, you will enjoy the panoramic views of Aso Gogaku and Gairinzan, and the Shirakawa Gorge. Due to earthquake damage, it currently runs 7.1km between Takamori Station and Nakamatsu Station in about 25 minutes.

“Minamiaso Railway Torokko Train Yusuge-go”
●Minami Aso Railway
●0967-62-0058
http://www.mt-torokko.com/
●Operated: Saturdays, Sundays and holidays between March 18th and November 30th 2017. March 18th to April 9th 2017, April 29th to May 7th 2017, and July 22nd to August 31st 2017.
●Takamori – Nakamatsu: Fare 790 yen
Reservations can be made with a party of 15 people or more

*The above information was last updated June 16, 2017. For further information, please contact the facilities directly.

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