Japanese Character Trains - Part 2

  • Published on : 26/06/2016
  • by : Japan Experience

Japanese trains designed with anime, manga, and games : Moomins and Doraemon

Japanese trains have an endless number of fun and interesting themed trains. Here's a few more of our favorites! Buy your Japan Rail Pass online today.

  • Hokuriku - Doraemon train

Doraemon is another major cartoon character in Japan. This cute little blue, vageuly cat-shaped robot has been around since the 70s! There is a small Doraemon train in Takaoka city, right between Toyama and Kanazawa in the Hokuriku area. Started in 2012, this street car runs through the city. The artist that created Doraemon was born in Takaoka.

  • Chunibyo train

Moomin and Doraemon are enduring characters more than 40 years old, but newer, modern anime get popular enough to inspire themed-trains as well! A recent widely-watched anime that got its own train is Chuni-byo. The Keihan line train in the Kansai area is running this special train only through the end of March 2015.

Doraemon

Doraemon

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  • Wakayama - Panda train

Although not an anime character per say, there’s one special train in the Kansai area known as the panda train. From Osaka, this train runs through Wakayama, a prefecture known for its beaches, hot springs, and spiritual mountains.

You can go to Shirahama and even Shingu on this train, which features four special “panda seats”-- although rumor has it these panda heads peaking out over the seats can sometimes feel a little unsettling.

This train is accessible with a Japan Rail Pass ! 

 

Panda

Panda

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