SL Hitoyoshi, Japan’s oldest steam locomotive still in service

JNTO

Mar 14, 2018

“SL Hitoyoshi” is one of the few steam locomotives still in service in Japan. It takes two and a half hours to get from Kumamoto Station to Hitoyoshi Station and the trip has some magnificent views of the emerald green waters of the Kuma River and the lush forests as your train runs between the mountains. What makes the experience even better is that the train has three different passenger cars, each styled and decorated differently from the others but all with a common characteristic: elegance! Car No. 1 is an observation lounge elegantly dressed in plain wood and maple wood; Car No. 2 houses the buffet with a stylish wooden interior where you can not only enjoy something to drink with a light meal, but also buy some original merchandise to remind you of your trip; and car No. 3 is again an observation car but this time dressed in top-quality rosewood and is equipped with four different kinds of comfortable chairs so you can sit, relax and enjoy your luxury ride. While riding on the train, there are more ways to make your trip memorable: uniforms and hats for children can be rented for a photo shoot, and a special “bento” (box lunch) and “shochu” (liquor) that can only be purchased on the train are also available. And when the train reaches Hitoyoshi Station, don’t miss Japan’s only car barn made of stone and one of the few last surviving turntables that literally turns the locomotive around! Hear the whistle, smell the smoke and feel the power of the locomotive. Make your trip unforgettable with a ride on SL Hitoyoshi! This special train only runs once a day and only on specific days, so be sure to check the timetable and make your reservations accordingly!

* This is the information as of June, 2017
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