Gunma Prefecture, to the west of Tokyo, has a very special train running these days. If you take the Joetsu Shinkansen
from Tokyo Station
to Takasaki Station (just under an hour’s ride), a special steam train is waiting to take you back in time to the quaint Japanese countryside.
There are two different routes with this train: You can go from Takasaki to Minakami Station, or ride the Shinetsu line to Yokogawa Station. This train mainly runs on weekends and holidays.