The station opens for entrance at 9am! We walk in and still have some time to slack around before our scheduled train ride at 9.35am. So we take some random photos at the railway platform which is lined by rows of Tanuki Statues! 😀
The Sagano Scenic Railway (嵯峨野観光鉄道, also known as the Sagano Romantic Train) is a sightseeing train line that runs along the Hozugawa River between Arashiyama and Kameoka. Originally part of the JR Sanin Line before it was replaced by a faster, straighter route in 1989, the scenic railway route was preserved and outfitted with nostalgic trains featuring wooden benches.
Great mountainous view from the platform and more Tanuki Statues! Lol.
The charming, old fashioned train winds its way through the mountains at a relatively slow pace, taking about 25 minutes to make the 7 kilometer journey, providing a pleasant view of the scenery as it travel from Arashiyama through the forested ravine and into rural Kameoka.
For us, we will be taking it from rural Kameoka through the forested ravine into Arashiyama. 🙂
Our tickets for the ride! There are a lot of Taiwanese tour groups around also waiting to board the same train as us. Lucky we reserve our seats and do not have to fight for seats with these bunch of people. I overheard them talking among themselves about which seats are better to snatch for. Hur.
A touristy must-take photo with the Torokko Kameoka Station wooden signboard before the ride.
Patiently waiting for the train to enter the station. Everyone is holding their cameras (big or small) ready to snap multi photos of the train entering the station, including me. 😛
The train finally enters the station at a really super duper slow pace. But it is indeed as described, a charming and old fashioned train!
Each train is made up of four enclosed cars (with windows that can be opened) and one fully open car. Do note that seats in the open car cannot be reserved and have to be purchased at the station on the day. This is so because the open car is subjected to weather conditions.
For us, we do not want to risk the chance of not getting the seats in the open car. Hehe. Anyway, since we thought the windows can be opened in the enclosed car, it should be fine. 😀
Us in the train waiting for it to be filled with humans and start moving. Yeah~~~ I am so excited.
The view from ride is just too wonderful! We are lucky to have researched in advance and reserve the good seats with the best view! Now, we have people crowding over us trying to get a view from our side as well. Hur hur. The train will stop at some part where the scenery is most beautiful for us to take photos. I tell you, the photos do not do justice and you gotta experience it yourself.
The cool air, the cool wind blowing against my face as the train moves slowly with such a beautiful like-a-photo scenery, is just too blissful!
More photos! In between, a man cosplays as a devil will appear in the train scaring people. He is moving too fast for me to capture his photo and he alights at one of the station, chasing after the train leaving the station. How interesting. Lol!
And I am here, alights at Torokko Arashiyama Station where the Bamboo Forest is located at.
Once exited the Torokko Arashiyama Station, we are welcomed by such beautiful scenery. Turning to the left side, is where the bamboo forest is located. 😀