A trolley train that leisurely runs while basking in the sea breeze
The Shiokaze which is Japan’s most leisurely-running trolley train is a sightseeing train that utilizes an abandoned track that once was used to transport limestone and cement. From the retro port town of Moji, the train runs slowly along the coastline and heads up to Mekari District 2.1km away, linking 4 stations. This blue retro train which has the image of the sea breeze is made up of two diesel engines and two passenger cars, and runs for about 10 minutes at a speed of 15km/h while feeling the sea breeze. In a day, it makes 11 runs. The train has a nostalgic atmosphere with its wooden seats and tables, and there are many 4-person box seats for families along with large windows from which you can enjoy the scene of yachts and ships going back and forth through the Kanmon Strait. The departure point of Moji Port was opened in 1889 and flourished both as a trading port and as a port town with many buildings and historic sites that haven’t changed since those days so it is a community that retains that retro atmosphere. The final destination of Mekari District has been designated as part of Seto Inland Sea National Park where the grand view of the strait widens. It is a lushly natural place and scenic spot where you can view the strait and Kanmon Bridge. You will want to take a stroll on the promenade and through the park.
Go around Kanmon Strait on a bargain ticket
The Kanmon Strait Clover Ticket is a reasonable ticket that can get you around the Kanmon Strait. It will get you on board the Shiokaze and then you can make your way from Kyushu to Honshu on foot through the Kanmon Jindo Tunnel after which you can get on the Sanden Bus from Mimosuso River to Karato. Then, you can get on board the Kanmon Kisen ship from Shimonoseki-Karato back to Moji Port. You can enjoy your trip at your own pace while touring the spots along the way.