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Trip to Aizu, Nikko and Hakone in 2014 winter – Part 8, winter festival in Ouchi-juku

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This post is continued from the previous post, Trip to Aizu, Nikko and Hakone in 2014 winter – Part 7, staying in Yunokami Onsen.

Ouchi-juku is one of many post-town throughout Japan. This town is not very well known for overseas travellers. But it is the National heritage site. There are lots of heritage building and traditional atmosphere. When I visited Yunokami Onsen, fortunately this town held winter festival. Even though I had only 1 hour there, I was very impressed. Continue reading

Trip to Aizu, Nikko and Hakone in 2014 winter – Part 7, staying in Yunokami Onsen

Yunokami Onsen station is only station building with straw-thatched roof in all Japan stations.
Yunokami Onsen station is only station building with straw-thatched roof in all Japan stations.

This post is continued from the previous post, Trip to Aizu, Nikko and Hakone in 2014 winter – Part 6, sightseeing in Aizu Wakamatsu.

After 40 minutes train ride, I arrived in Yunokami Onsen station. Continue reading

Trip to Aizu, Nikko and Hakone in 2014 winter – Part 6, sightseeing in Aizu Wakamatsu

JR East share Aizu station with Aizu Railway.
JR East share Aizu station with Aizu Railway.

This post is continued from the previous post, Trip to Aizu, Nikko and Hakone in 2014 winter – Part 5, Ashinomaki Onsen to Aizu Wakamatsu.

I had about 3 hours in Aizu Wakamatsu. I visited Tsuruga-jo castle and Nanukamachi station. Continue reading

Trip to Aizu, Nikko and Hakone in 2014 winter – Part 5, Ashinomaki Onsen to Aizu Wakamatsu

The exterior of Ashinomaki Onsen station
The exterior of Ashinomaki Onsen station

This post is continued from the previous post, Trip to Aizu, Nikko and Hakone in 2014 winter – Part 4, Kinugawa Onsen to Ashinomaki Onsen.

I got off Aizu Railway’s train at Ashinomaki Onsen. But I did not intend to take a Onsen bath here. The reason why I got off was very popular Ramen noodle here in Ashinomaki Onsen and I wanted to catch another interesting Aizu Railway’s train after eating Ramen. Continue reading

Trip to Aizu, Nikko and Hakone in 2014 winter – Part 4, Kinugawa Onsen to Ashinomaki Onsen

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This post is continued from the previous post, Trip to Aizu, Nikko and Hakone in 2014 winter – Part 3, Tokyo to Kinugawa Onsen via Utsunomiya.

I transferred at Kinugawa Onsen station from Tobu Railway to Aizu Railway’s rapid trian “Aizu Mount Express”. Before I pen about this train, I want to explain about Aizu Railway. Please see the map below: Continue reading

Popular Steam Locomotive train, SL Banetsu Monogatari

902654_10151632611729924_1491466821_oThere are many steam locomotive trains in Japan. But this train, SL Banetsu Monogatari is only SL train that has Green seat. And it also has observation car, cafeteria and kids play space. I have received many nice photos of this train from one of my frequent reader, James. I would like to share the information of this train with you.

I would like to thank you, James for your photos. Continue reading

Schedule of 2013 summer seasonal trains of Japan Railways

Furano Biei Norokko train goes on Furano line. (C) 800px-Norokkogou-furano-biei / Birdman
Furano Biei Norokko train takes you one of most popular spot, Furano and Biei. (C) 800px-Norokkogou-furano-biei / Birdman

In Japan, summer school break start from mid July and until end of August. And Obon period in mid August is one of two busiest period in Japan. (Other one is New Years day break) Most of train will be packed. There are so many standing passengers on isle and passenger’s deck.

JR Group operate lots of seasonal trains in this summer season too. Especially in Obon period, so many additional trains will run. It is too many to introduce all seasonal trains. So I pick up the popular trains and are operated in the popular spot. Continue reading

Schedule of 2012 summer seasonal trains of Japan Railways

Some of Furano Lavender Express are operated by Kiha183 Crystal Express train.
Some of Furano Lavender Express are operated by Kiha183 Crystal Express train.

In summer season, the busiest period is mid August. This period is called “Obon (お盆)”. Everybody try to go back to hometown in this period. In this year 2012, August 10 to 19 will be Obon period. Especially the direction to go out from major cities on Aug 10-12 and the direction to go into major cities on Aug 17-19 will be much busier. These dates are weekend days. Everybody will try to move on these dates. If you travel in this period, try to go opposite direction. It makes you to travel much easier.

JR Group operate lots of seasonal trains during all summer season and increase the number of trains in Obon period. It is too many to introduce all seasonal trains. So I pick up the popular trains and are operated in the popular spot. Continue reading

Schedule of 2011 summer seasonal trains of Japan Railways

Some of Furano Lavender Express are operated by Kiha183 Crystal Express train.
Some of Furano Lavender Express are operated by Kiha183 Crystal Express train.

JR Group operate lots of seasonal trains during summer peak season. But it is too many to introduce all seasonal trains. So I pick up the popular trains and are operated in the popular spot.

JR Hokkaido (Hokkaido area)

Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko train

This train is operated by “Torokko” (open air type passenger’s car). This is a cruising train that goes through Kushiro marsh. Please refer the detail about this train at Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko train. Continue reading