Character Trains in Japan - Part 1
Japanese trains designed with anime, manga, and games
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The best Japanese Character Trains
Japan might be well-known for its amazing rail system, but it's even more famous for its anime. It's only natural that the two would be combined for a wide range of fun and exciting character trains all over the country! Here are just a few of our favorites.
Shikoku - Anpanman train
The Anpanman manga and stories have been running for 40 years and is one of the most well-known character in Japan! This colorful train crosses the Seto-Ohashi bridges between the main island and Shikoku island, a line that also happens to be one of our top 10 most beautiful train views.
Wakayama - The Tama Den
This train was designed after Station Master Tama-- a real cat who "runs" a local station in Wakayama, Kansai. If you're making a stop in Wakayama City on your way to Mount Koya or the beaches of Shirahama, the "Tama-Den" will be a memorable Japan train experience.
Kyushu - Kumamon train
The official mascot of Kumamoto, Kyushu, Kumamon has exploded in popularity all over Japan within the last two years. So popular that you don't even have to travel to Kumamoto to find Kumamon souvenirs!
You still have to visit Kumamoto to ride the Kumamon train though, a trip well worth taking, as it runs down the Hisatsu line, offering incredible views of the ocean.
Tohoku - Pokemon train
A perennial favorite, Pokemon has adorned all kinds of Japanese trains. The most recent runs through the Tohoku region in eastern Japan between Ichinoseki and Kesennuma.
This train is decorated with Pokémon both inside and out-- just look at the seats !
Tottori - Gegege no Kitaru train
Tottori may be Japan's least populated prefecture, but its famous sand dunes and delicious pears make it a very well-known travel destination within Japan. Its other claim to fame is being the birthplace of Shigeru Mizuki, who wrote the mange Gegege no Kitaru.
Japanaese visitors travel up to the very north of the prefecture, by the ocean, to visit his hometown, now completely bedecked with Gegege statues and buildings. You can even get there by this Gegege train!