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Scenic Railway (Trolley, etc.) Spots in Kyoto Area

  • Sagano Romantic Train
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto prefecture Kameoka city
    This tourist railway uses the old JR Sanin Line which was left unused after a new line was built for the JR trains. It travels at an average speed of around 25km per hour. The 7.3 km trip passes through the picturesque Hozugawa River valley and takes approximately 25 minutes. The train slows for the especially beautiful spots allowing the passengers to take their time enjoying the view. The train interior is decorated in a colorful art deco style with wood seats and uncovered lightbulbs, giving it a retro feel. If you board the windowless open carriage The Rich you can feel the wind, light, and sounds dance across your skin. During the cold seasons a coal burning stove is installed allowing you to enjoy your trip in comfort.

Kyoto Main Areas


Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.

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