Oykot Train

The Oykot train is a special scenic train which starts from Nagano station and follows the Iiyama line all the way to Tokamachi station. The Iiyama line follows the Chikuma-gawa river which features truly beautiful rustic scenery featuring rice paddies and small villages that are representative of the beautiful Japanese countryside.

The purpose of the Oykot train is to allow its passengers to enjoy this scenery while having a relaxing time onboard the train. To this end, the train interior is designed to mimic the old rural Japanese home and the trip also includes a serving of locally-made Japanese pickled vegetables. Guests can also bring their favorite food and beverages onboard. This philosophy of the Japanese countryside is reflected in the train’s name, Oykot, which is the reverse of Tokyo, the most populous metropolis of Japan. It is possible for the passengers to explore further the Japanese countryside by stopping at stations along the Iiyama line and taking another Oykot train, or a regular train, for the return trip to Nagano.

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Country: Japan
Area : Chubu area
Prefecture : Nagano-ken
City : Nagano-shi
District : Minaminagano
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Maguro Pass

The Keikyu Misaki Maguro Pass is a special train pass that allows one to travel from Tokyo or Yokohama to the station of Misakiguchi. From there, a bus takes you to the city of Misaki, a village renowned for the quality of its tuna (Maguro), and is located at the southernmost tip of the Miura-hantō peninsula. A meal in one of the many restaurants of Misaki is included in the train pass. All restaurants are specialized in Tuna bowls (Maguro-don) or assortments of seafood on rice (Kaisen-don). When visiting Misaki, one should not miss to visit the market where lots of fish products are sold. The city is also very close to the island of Jogashima, which has a beautiful coastline.

The ticket can be bought from the Keikyu ticket vending stations with have an option to display menus in English.

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Country: Japan
Area : Kanto area
Prefecture : Kanagawa-ken
City : Miura-shi
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The Shinkansen Platform

Taking the Shinkansen is always an exciting adventure for me. I have to admit I’m somewhat of a train enthusiast. Not that I know all trains by their technical names, I simply enjoy the ride and in the case of the Shinkansen, the speed. Waiting for the Shinkansen on the platform, I like to look around, observing station employees, people waiting for their trains, and wondering where they are heading.

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Obuse station

The town of Obuse is deserved by the Nagano Dentetsu train line which links the city of Nagano to the Onsen town of Yudanaka, also known for the Jigokudani monkey park.

The trains and the stations along the line, like Obuse station, are typical of rural Japanese train systems. When the weather is nice, Obuse station offers a glimpse of the beautiful mountain scenery surrounding the town.

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Country: Japan
Area : Chubu area
Prefecture : Nagano-ken
City : Obuse-machi
District : Obuse
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The new Nagano station

The main train station of Nagano was renovated recently on the occasion of the extension of the Shinkansen line to Kanazawa. The new station features the Midori shopping center with new stores offering local produce and the latest Japanese fashion. The new architecture is a great improvement over the previous while blending traditional and modern elements of Japanese architecture.

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Country: Japan
Area : Chubu area
Prefecture : Nagano-ken
City : Nagano-shi
District : Kurita
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Umekoji train museum

The Umekoji Steam Locomotive museum is located about 20 minutes by foot from the central Kyoto station. The museum is dedicated to Japanese steam locomotives: it features 19 of them, stored in 20-track roundhouse surrounding the turntable. The main entrance to the museum is the old Nijo station that was moved to be part of the museum in 1997. An exhibition train ride occurs three times a day and lasts about 10 minutes.

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Country: Japan
Area : Kinki area
Prefecture : Kyōto-fu
City : Kyōto-shi
District : Kankijichō
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Sagano Scenic Railway (Torokko densha)

The Sagano Scenic Railway is popular among tourists visiting the district of Arashiyama in Kyoto. The train ride starts from the Torokko station, located close to the JR Saga-Arashiyama station and follows the beautiful Katsura River gorge all the way to Kameoka city. The train is composed of panoramic cars that offer an unobstructed view of the gorge.

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Area : Kinki area
Prefecture : Kyōto-fu
City : Kyōto-shi
District : Sagatenryūji Kurumamichichō
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