A steam locomotive is operated to Kinugawa Onsen, one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Japan!
A steam locomotive has been operating since August 2017. It runs through the attractive area known as Kinugawa Onsen, one of the most famous hot springs in Japan, and also close to Nikko with its world heritages.
This steam locomotive is called “Taiju”. This name is also known as the other name of the Tokugawa Shogun who is enshrined at Nikko Toshogu Shrine.
Tobu Railway, with its network from the Asakusa area in Tokyo to this Kinugawa Onsen area, was once called one of the biggest “kingdoms of steam locomotives”, as it used to operate as many as 85 steam locomotives mainly for forwarding freights. Though the steam locomotive was a driving force for the development of Japan in modern days, currently it is very hard to ride or see them in Japan. Steam Locomotive Taiju has begun operating to transmit steam locomotives to the future. How about having a ride with the Steam Locomotive Taiju for fun on the way to your sightseeing place?
■How to purchase tickets
All seats of the Steam Locomotive Taiju are reserved. Tickets can be purchased at Tobu Tourist Information Center Asakusa on the 1F of Asakusa Station, or at Shimoimaichi Station with concierges who can speak many languages.
Reserved Seat Ticket: 750 JPY (adult) / 380 JPY (child)
Information about Tourist Information Center Asakusa can be found here.
■Operating days and timetable
Steam Locomotive Taiju is scheduled to be operated mainly on Saturdays, Sundays, and National Holidays.
SL No.1: Depart Shimoimaichi Station at 9:02 am → Arrive at Kinugawa Onsen Station at 9:38 am
SL No. 3: Depart Shimoimaichi Station at 1:00 pm → Arrive at Kinugawa Onsen Station at 1:56 pm
SL No. 5: Depart Shimoimaichi Station at 4:32 pm → Arrive at Kinugawa Onsen Station at 5:08 pm
SL No. 2: Depart Kinugawa Onsen Station at 11:08 am → Arrive at Shimoimaichi Station at 11:41 am
SL No. 4: Depart Kinugawa Onsen Station at 2:35 pm → Arrive at Shimoimaichi Station at 3:09 pm
SL No. 6: Depart Kinugawa Onsen Station at 6:09 pm → Arrive at Shimoimaichi Station at 6:43 pm
As Steam Locomotive Taiju is operated at different times of a day, from morning to evening, it is easy to schedule a ride into your itinerary combining with other schedules such as visiting theme parks around the area, temples and shrines designated as world heritage in Nikko, etc.
Information about other trains recommended to combine with the operating time of the Steam Locomotive Taiju can be found here.
■Stop on the route
Steam Locomotive Taiju is operated from Shimoimaichi Station to Kinugawa Onsen Station, stopping at Tobu World Square Station in front of the leisure spot “Tobu World Square”.
Information about Tobu World Square can be found here.
■Photo spot for the steam locomotive
A railway turntable is equipped at Shimoimaichi Station and Kinugawa Onsen Station. Enjoy watching a dynamic steam locomotive in front of you! Don’t miss the steam locomotive turning on the turntable!!