The Resort 21 Kurofune Train
From Atami to Shimoda
The Resort 21 Kurofune is part of a series of trains that travel the Izu area, between Atami Station and Izukyu Shimoda Station in Shizuoka Prefecture. The Black Ship Train is one of those.
Atami Station there are many onsen hot springs and beaches, as well as a nationally famous art museum. The MOA Art Museum even includes one of Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s tea rooms used for tea ceremonies! From Atami Station, there is a bus (it will say it’s headed to the MOA, it’s the last stop) that takes 10 minutes.
The museum is open from 9:30 to 16:30 daily except Thursdays. 1600 yen for adults, 800 for students, free for children 14 and under.
In the same area, the fishing town of Shimoda includes a port town and market with a very retro ambiance. Dried goods (such as squid and seaweed) are displayed by the light of gas lanterns.
There’s even a sake spot that’s been around since the Meiji Era!
This train is called the "Kurofune" train as the exterior of the cars is totally black like the American black ships arriving in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868). Inside the train images recall this episode of history.
On one side, it runs right along the sea! On the opposite side, you can see the nature of Japan, the beautiful contrast between mountains and verdant green.
If you’re planning on taking this special express, be aware that you will need to reserve a seat.