Sagano Railway (Torokko Trains)

Enjoy the view of the four seasons in the Hozu River valley from the “Torokko” train)

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The “Torokko” trains run on scenic routes through the Hozu River valley. The train’s wooden interior and the scenery of the four seasons, including the cherry blossoms and the changing colors of the fall, create a nostalgic atmosphere.
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Monday ( 9:30 AM ~ 6:30 PM )
Tuesday ( 9:30 AM ~ 6:30 PM )
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Friday ( 9:30 AM ~ 6:30 PM )
Saturday ( 9:30 AM ~ 6:30 PM )
Sunday ( 9:30 AM ~ 6:30 PM )
Adult: 620 JPY
Children: 310 JPY
Sagatenryuji Kurumamichicho, Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
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The Sagano Scenic Railway running along the grand Hozu Gorge

In 1989, the track had been abandoned due to the creation of a double line by the railway, but because of many voices regretting the discontinuation of this scenic section going along the grand Hozu Gorge, it was redeveloped in 1991 and was opened as a tourist railway.

Torokko trains to enjoy the four seasons

The railway spans 7.3km along the Hozu River valley from JR Sagano-Arashiyama Station in Arashiyama, one of the prominent tourist areas of Kyoto, to Tanba JR Kameoka Station, taking 25 minutes. With a diesel engine pulling 5 cars, the wooden seats have been designed with nostalgia in mind and Car No. 5, called The Rich, has an open concept in which the windows have been removed. The views of spring cherry blossoms, summer greenery, fall foliage and winter snowscapes are wonderful, and the train makes short stops at scenic points so taking those snapshots from the train is possible. The run along the valley and through the tunnels and bridges is beautiful and in autumn, the tunnel of the changing leaves is lit up at night.

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8 years ago
Romantic Ride
We were so lucky to have the seats in No. 5 car without windows. It was so comfortable and relaxing riding on this cute and nostalgic train. You can enjoy the gentle breeze and the breath taking view of the Katsura River, blue sky, fluffy clouds, steep mountain, barren rocks, and layered trees. No wonder it is called Romantic Train. Passing the dark tunnels can also be fun. You can also say hi and take photos for those adorable big belly raccoon dogs along your way or at the terminal. My visit was in July, during then Kyoto was a bit hot and the sun was sizzling. It was a wise decision taking this train from Truck Arashiyama station to Truck Kameoka station, so we could be back to Kyoto Station from Umahori JR station fast and easily. Highly recommended to couples, families and kids.
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