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Sagano Scenic Railway

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Sagano Scenic Railway

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. It’s charming, old fashioned trains wind their way through the mountains at a relatively slow pace, taking about 25 minutes to make the seven kilometer journey and giving passengers a pleasant view of the scenery as they travel from Arashiyama through the forested ravine and into rural 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. The views along the line change with the seasons, and the train is particularly popular during the autumn color season from mid-November to early December when the leaves along the ravine change color. Trains do not operate in winter from December 31 to the end of February. Each train is made up of four enclosed cars (with windows that can be opened) and one fully open car. It is recommended to buy tickets early to ensure a seat during the peak seasons.