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The Sagano Scenic Railway

Viewing the Wild Terrain of Rural Kyoto

sagano Torokko

The Sagano Scenic Railway is a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of western Kyoto, which is mostly known for the Arashiyama area. Known also as the Sagano Torokko or Sagano Romantic Train, this retrofited old-fashioned stream train takes you beyond Arashiyama for a perfect escape from the busy cities and crowded spots of the rest of Japan.


Sagano Train in cherry blossoms
These trains runs along the Hozugawa River and provide incredible views of fall foliage in the autumn and of flowering trees, including cherry blossoms, in spring. It's important to note that these trains do not run in the winter, from December 30th to February 28th, and also do not run on Wednesdays.

The Sagano Scenic Railway train runs once every hour from 9 am to 5 pm.
Torokko train in Sagano with beautiful autumn views
The Sagano Torokko Station is a short walk from the JR Arashiyama Sagano Station. Although this railways is not covered by a JR Pass, it's a worthwhile and inexpensive supplement to your perfect trip to Japan. 

One-way tickets are 600 yen for adults and 300 yen for children. Buy your ticket directly at the starting point for this train, the Sagano Torokko Station, or at Kyoto Station's JR Ticket Office, or any other JR Ticket Office in the area. 
Train with Hozugawa river views
Many people often buy a one-way ticket and return a different way: you can take a Hozugawa River Cruise back down to Arashiyama (a bus connects the station and the cruise's dock). You can also use your JR Pass for the return trip; the Kameoka Torokko terminus station is a short walk from Umahori JR Station, and trains from here run to Arashiyama, Nijo Station (a ten minute walk from Nijo Castle), and Kyoto Station.

For details and train hours, visit the website.
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