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Ride on Torokko trains - Eastern Japan

2017.03.29

Sightseeing Torokko train (trolley train) is slowly running with a windowless open-air carriage. Let's ride on a Torokko train to enjoy the transportation itself along with the scent of the forest and the gentle breeze. Here are some famous Torokko trains from Eastern Japan, Hokkaido, Tochigi, and Chiba.

Relax at the idyllic countryside “Kominato Railway Satoyama Torokko”

Relax at the idyllic countryside “Kominato Railway Satoyama Torokko”
Relax at the idyllic countryside “Kominato Railway Satoyama Torokko”2
Relax at the idyllic countryside “Kominato Railway Satoyama Torokko”3
Relax at the idyllic countryside “Kominato Railway Satoyama Torokko”4

While bathing in the sun from the glassed-in ceiling, the torokko runs about an hour among satoyama scenery, which doesn't seem to be the outskirts of Tokyo. A car, which draws the torokko is the clean diesel locomotive with the motif of old SL, used to be operated in the region. Several stations along the route are charming, and they were reported as nation’s registered tangible cultural properties. The regular operation of 2017 starts from March 17, and seats are reservation-only. Reservations can be made from February 17.

●0436-23-5584 (Kominato Railway Satoyama Torokko / business hour: 10:00-16:00)
http://www.kominato.co.jp/satoyamatorocco/
●Satoyama Torokko boarding ticket 500yen, basic fare is separately required. One day train pass 1,800yen

Fully enjoy the vast landscapes of Hokkaido nature! Runs through the marsh “JR Hokkaido Norokko Train”

Fully enjoy the vast landscapes of Hokkaido nature! Runs through the marsh “JR Hokkaido Norokko Train”
Fully enjoy the vast landscapes of Hokkaido nature! Runs through the marsh “JR Hokkaido Norokko Train”2
Fully enjoy the vast landscapes of Hokkaido nature! Runs through the marsh “JR Hokkaido Norokko Train”3
Fully enjoy the vast landscapes of Hokkaido nature! Runs through the marsh “JR Hokkaido Norokko Train”4
Fully enjoy the vast landscapes of Hokkaido nature! Runs through the marsh “JR Hokkaido Norokko Train”5
*Picture provided by JR Hokkaido

This is a popular torokko running between Kushiro Station and Toro Station (terminated at Kawayu-Onsen Station depending on the season), through the Japan's largest wetland, Kushiro Marsh. Passengers can enjoy its panoramic views while being on the train. Japanese crane, north fox, and Yezo sika (Cervus hortulorum) are often seen from the train windows. In 2017, one round trip a day will be operated from April 29 to May 7, and two round trips a day will be run from June 3~5, and 9~30. Reserved seats are also available.

●0154-25-4890 (JR Hokkaido Travel Center Kushiro brunch)
http://www.jrkushiro.jp/
●Between Kushiro-Toro: Basic fee 540yen, reserved seat ticket 520yen

Two types of trains are running “Watarase-Keikoku-Railway Torokko trams”

Two types of trains are running “Watarase-Keikoku-Railway Torokko trams”
Two types of trains are running “Watarase-Keikoku-Railway Torokko trams”2

Watarase Keikoku Railway runs between Kiryu Station in Gunma, and Mato Station in Nikko, Tochigi. Two trains such as Torokko-Watarase-Keikoku Train, which a diesel locomotive draws the train, and Torokko-Wasshi Train run along the beautiful valley, and trolley vehicles and glassed window carriages are combined to both trains. They are mostly operated once or twice a day on weekends and national holidays. Seats are limited, and some reserved seats are available.

Two types of trains are running “Watarase-Keikoku-Railway Torokko trams”3
*The driving simulator for children inside the Torokko Wasshi Train

●0277-73-2110 (9:00-17:00 except Saturday, Sunday, Holidays)
http://www.watetsu.com/torokko.html
●Kiryu - Mato (Torokko Wasshi Train) fare 1,110 yen, Omama - Mato (Torokko Watarase-Keikoku Train) fare 990yen *Additional 510 yen/adult is required for torokko ride

*The above information was last updated February 3, 2017. For further information, please contact the facilities directly.

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