5. Yuri Kogen Railway (Chokai Sanroku Railway Line)
location: Yurihonjo (Honjo to Yashima)
The Yuri Kogen Railway (also called the Chokai Mountain Plateau Line) is a private line which runs 23 km from Ugo-honjo Station to Yashima Station. There are a total of 12 stations along this 40-minute route, which takes in Mt. Chokai in the south and the Japan Sea in the west.
The railway was taken over from JNR (Japanese National Railways) after privatalization, when it was known as the Yashima line. Initially there were plans to extend the railway to the nearby city of Yokote and also to other areas of Honjo. However, it opened under the current route.
The company offers many kinds of interesting experiences and services to passengers, for example there are regular party trains, a railway tour of the Yuri area, a specialist in-train guide service.
You can even charter the train for your own special event.
Above all, passengers can enjoy the splendid scenes of each season from the train window.
keywords: transportation; railway
features: rental carriage (party train), event train, rice fields, Mount Chokai
written by I. Fukuda