Since we were about 30 minutes early, we decided to explore a bit of the station. The Torokko-Kameoka Station is usually the last stop (terminal station) with people coming from Torokko-Saga Station which is next to JR Saga-Arashiyama Station, but since there was no available time-slot from Torokko-Saga Station atat the timing we wanted, we decided to reverse the direction of our travel that day by visiting Arashimaya first than make our way back.
About: The Sagano Scenic Railway (嵯峨野観光鉄道), also known as the Sagano Romantic Train or Sagano Torokko is a sightseeing train line that runs along the Hozugawa River between Arashiyama and Kameoka. The trains are rustic, with their wooden benches, and make their way through the mountains at a relatively slow pace on the winding tracks, giving passengers a pleanst view of the scenery through the forested ravine from Arashiyama into (rural) Kameoka. The views along the railway line change with the seasons, and is particularly popular during autumn season (mid November to early December).
The station is small and there is a small souvenir shop selling all sorts of Sangano Romantic Train souvenirs (e.g. bookmarks, magnets, keychains, postcards etc…). M made a visit to the toilet and she was impressed with the cleanliness and upkeep of the toilet. Japanese really take cleanliness to the next level indeed. So while M was preoccupied in the ladies, I bought the bookmark and a couple of postcards that depict the (scenic) route (the train takes) in different seasons, as well as bottles of mineral water to replenish our water intake. The amount of vending machines selling bottled drinks and the variety they contain are certainly an eye-opener!
Tip: If you did not purchase your tickets beforehand, you can also purchase the train tickets at the station, but the schedule is subjected to availability.
|You can purchase tickets at the counter if you did not get them before, but it all depends on availability.|
|Heading out to wait for the train|
|The decorative railway tracks!|
|We walked to the car that was stated on our tickets|
|Ready and waiting for the train to arrive!|
|The train arrived and the passengers from the previous stop alighted. But not without a wefie :)|
|The inside of the train with its rustic wooden chairs. All aboard!!|
- Japan Spring 2016 Itinerary 9D/8N
- Japan Trip Day 1 Kyoto
- Japan Trip Day 2 Kyoto (Arashimaya & Gion)
- Japan Trip Day 3 Kyoto (Kyoto Imperial Palace Garden & Gion)
- Japan Trip Day 4 Osaka (Universal Studios)
- Japan Trip Day 5 Osaka
- Japan Trip Day 6 Kyoto - Tokyo
- Japan Trip Day 7 Tokyo
- Japan Trip Day 8 Tokyo (DisneySea)
- Japan Trip Day 9 Tokyo - Singapore
- Cost Breakdown & Overview of our Japan Trip: Kyoto-Osaka-Tokyo (9 Days/8 Nights)