3 Top-rated railway rides in Japan with breathtaking views

by JNTO on 14 June 2019

If you love to tour around Japan, then taking the train is the way to go! Trains in Japan are not just a means of getting from one point to another, but an experience in itself and an opportunity to capture some of your best photos of Japan.
Many of our JAPAN by Japan users simply enjoy the beautiful sceneries through the windows while they are on train rides. There are also plenty of people who love to photograph the stunning views. We are going to introduce three unique railway routes for you this time!

An unique snapshot during your train ride!

Rice field art

You can catch the view of the gigantic rice field art in Akita Prefecture while enjoying a train ride!Please refer to following link for review:
https://japanbyjapan.com/discover/akita-nairiku-ju...

Experience the pure joy of riding the oldest railway


Japan's oldest steam locomotive is SL Hitoyoshi. In Kumamoto, this is very popular among the locals.

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https://japanbyjapan.com/discover/sl-hitoyoshi

I want to snap a photo of the moving train!

Speaking of picturesque views, you must not forget Kurobe Gorge Railway Unazuki Station.

As you can see in the photo, the combination of the red bridge and trains contrasting against the greens and blue sky makes this view irresistible for your camera.

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https://japanbyjapan.com/discover/kurobe-gorge-rai...

If you have taken any railway trips on a train or taken a picture of a train in Japan, please post and share with us!

Other Interesting Facts

Kurobe Gorge Railway

When did Japan start its own railway?

The first railway in Japan was constructed in 1872 between Shinbashi Station in Tokyo

and Yokohama Station in Kanagawa Prefecture. Japan's rail infrastructure expanded from just a few lines in the early stages to a network that has covered most of the country by the end of the Edo period. Today, Japanese rail technology continues to be the envy of the world, in particular, the shinkansen’s (bullet train) outstanding balance of speed and stability.

The fastest train vs leisure train

Of course, the fastest train is the world-famous shinkansen. There is a shinkansen that travels roughly 500km between Tokyo and Shin‐Osaka in just two and a half hours at speeds of up to 300km per hour.

Some trains are more leisurely and intended mainly for sightseeing from the carriage window. The slowest train in Japan is the Hakone Tozan Railway. At the sharp curve between Hakone Yumoto and Gora, the average speed slows down to 15 km per hour.