Today I would like to introduce Sagano Romantic Train (aka Sagano Scenic Railway or Sagano Torokko). Old style steam train with attractive vivid color and impressionable design (as per attached photo 1). There have 5 enclosed cars with windows that can open and one is fully ‘open’ car. The 5th car has no cover by glass window, which means you can enjoy the ride with ‘open’ car with cozy wooden seats (as per attached photo 2). This is a good place for those who like taking photos with stunning scenery.
The train start from Torokko Sagano Station (as per attached photo 3) which is next to JR Saga Arashiyama Station and run along the Hozukyo River between Arashiyama and Kameoka. 7.3 kilometer journey takes about 25 minutes (one way), allow you to enjoy natural view of the scenery. This station has rest area where they sell foods to customers. In addition, they also has bicycle rental shop, 19th Century Hall (as per attached photo 4) and Diorama Kyoto Japan (as per attached photo 5) in this station. You can spend your time to visit historical locomotives and explore Saga and Arashiyama areas before your train arrive.
It was a wonderful experience when I took this train last year. It’s able to open my eyes when the train passed Hozukyo River due to the place full of cherry blossoms in spring season (as per attached photo 6). The flowers are so beautiful, just like the flowers passed by in front of me. I will plan to go again for viewing colorful autumn foliage in autumn season (as per attached photo 7). For those who like greenery of the fresh leaves, you have to come during summer time (as per attached photo 8). Please take note that the trains do not run in the winter (from December 30th to February 28th every year) and Wednesday (not include national holidays, during spring and summer vocation periods and autumn season). Train operates once every hour from 9am to 5pm.
Tickets sell out very fast during peak seasons such as holidays, thus, you can buy tickets in advance or plan to reach the station to buy same day tickets. You have to buy standing room tickets if no seats left. Tickets for ‘open’ car can only be bought the day of you departure on first come first served basis. You can buy tickets at Torokko Saga station or JR ticket offices in Kansai Region. One way or round trip tickets are available. However, there is no discount for round trip tickets.
By Sagano Romantic Train
1) Saga Torokko Station