Gomen Nahari Line ごめん・なはり線

  • Published on : 08/02/2023
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Trains of the Tosa Kuroshio Railway Gomen Nahari Line at Nahari Station in Kochi

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The Tosa Kuroshio Railway Gomen Nahari Line (ごめん・なはり線) in Shikoku runs just over 42 kilometers between Gomen and Nahari stations.


Each of the 20 stations on the line has its own mascot that reflects the characteristics of the area around the station.

These 20 mascot characters decorate the interior and exterior of many of the trains on the line, and each station has a large sculpture of its mascot prominently on display.

The mascots were designed by Kochi-born Takashi Yanase whose most famous creation is the children's character Anpanman.

As well as the numerous sites and attractions of the Muroto Geopark, the line passes other places of interest.

These include a museum to the strange Edo Period artist known as Ekingura near Akaoka Station, the birthplace of Mitsubishi founder Yataro Iwasaki near Aki Station, and the Oka Goten, a luxurious lodging for the Edo Period daimyo near Nahari Station.

The line gives access to Konomineji Temple and Dainichiji Temple, temples 27 and 28 of the Shikoku Pilgrimage.

The mascot for Kyujomae Station references the nearby baseball stadium used by the Hanshin Tigers for their winter training.

Kuroshio Mascot 1

Nahari Station, southern terminus of the Gomen-Nahari Line

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