In Arashiyama, located in the western part of Kyoto, there are various tourist attractions, and one of the well-known spots is the “Torokko Train,” also considered a famous tourist destination.
Originally, the Torokko Train was a small freight train responsible for transporting goods. It was a box-shaped train that ran on tracks laid in areas inaccessible to trucks or regular trains. With an average speed of about 25 km/h, slightly faster than a bicycle, it was initially used for transporting goods. However, as the need for freight transport diminished, it has been repurposed and is now used as a sightseeing train.
“Enjoying Kyoto’s Natural Landscape with Torokko Train”
Currently serving as a tourist train, the Torokko Train provides a scenic view of the Kyoto Arashiyama area. Being a train that runs through a gorge, passengers can enjoy the scenery of the Hozugawa Gorge.
An interesting feature of the train is that it is open, without windows. This allows passengers to feel the natural breeze as they ride.
“I Didn’t Board the Torokko Train on This Trip”
Upon reaching the train station where you can board the Torokko Train, I couldn’t help but think about trying it out. However, I decided not to board the train this time because I was concerned that if I did, I might not have enough time to move on to the next destination.
Nevertheless, having learned about the train on this trip, I think it could be useful for the next journey.
“Torokko Train Featured on Battle Trip”
The Torokko Train was also introduced on the KBS travel program Battle Trip. In the Kyoto episode, hosts Kim Shin-young and Mimi explored Kyoto and introduced the Torokko Train.
“Torokko Train Route from Saga Station to Kameoka Station”
The route that the Torokko Train travels is quite lengthy. It departs from Saga Station, passes through Arashiyama Station and Hozukyo Station, and goes to Kameoka Station. The return route is in the reverse order.
Starting from Saga Station, the train arrives at Kameoka Station in about 23 minutes. For a round trip, considering the time taken to get on and off the train, it takes about 1 hour.
“Train Operation Schedule”
The train operation schedule can be checked through the website. The website provides information on the first and last train times, as well as the cost. Tickets can also be reserved in advance.
Typically, when traveling from Saga Station to Kameoka Station, the first train departs at 9:01 AM, and the last train departs at 4:01 PM. The schedule is hourly. More detailed schedules can be found on the website.
“Japan Kyoto, Arashiyama Torokko Train Arashiyama Station”