10 train lines to admire the cherry trees   電車から桜を見えるライン

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Paleo Express Chichibu

Paleo Express Chichibu

Trains and Cherry Blossoms

Springtime in Japan means cherry blossoms! A national event, the blossoming of the cherry trees is a moment eagerly awaited by the Japanese, who to travel around the country to admire these beautiful flowers. And the train remains the most used means of transport in the country! Japan Experience recommends ten of the best train lines on Honshu to admire the cherry blossoms from.

In Tohoku

  • The Tsugaru line

Crossing Aomori prefecture, the Tsugaru line connects the stations of Tsugaru Goshogawara and Tsugaru Nakazato. 

For more than 45 minutes, it offers a scenic journey into the heart of Tohoku, which allows you to discover the landscapes of the region against the backdrop of cherry blossoms. Stopping at several small stations, it notably passes by the station of Ashino Park, known for its 1,500 cherry trees! Note that the park stays open until 9pm from 29th April to 6th May, to allow you to admire the sakura by moonlight.

Tsuguru Line

Tsuguru Line

Useful information:

Price: Adult 950 yen, Child 680 yen.
Tickets: Purchased from the departure station.
Times: Frequent departures throughout the day.

In Kanto

  • The Mooka Line

Over almost 26 miles, this is a real step back in time offered by the locomotives on the Mooka Line. 

With blue velvet benches and old lamps from the 1950s, the interiors of these traditional trains from the 1910's are picturesque, just like the journey.

For more than two hours, you can discover the countryside of eastern Kanto. Linking Shimodate station in Ibaraki prefecture to Mogi station in Tochigi prefecture, this line runs along both the surrounding rivers and the rapeseed fields, the yellow of which contrasts wonderfully with the pink of the cherry trees. 

Mooka Line Ibaraki

Mooka Line Ibaraki

Cherry Blossoms Ibaraki

Cherry Blossoms Ibaraki

Locomotive Tochigi

Locomotive Tochigi

Very popular in spring, we recommend that you arrive early to get a ticket! The locomotives only run on weekends and public holidays, just once a day, and it is not possible to book tickets in advance.

Useful information

Price: Adult 500 yen, Child 250 yen. 

Tickets: Purchased at the departure station. 

Times: Departs from Shimodate at 10:35am, departs from Mogi at 2:26pm.

  • The Toden-Arakawa Line 

The last tram in Tokyo, the Toden-Arakawa line has linked Waseda station to Minowabashi station in Arakawa district since the 1920s. Nicknamed the "cherry tree tram", this small tram car goes through 30 local stations, including Oji-ekimae station, which overlooks Asukayama park, very popular with the Japanese in this season for its many cherry trees.

Read moreThe Antiquated Arakawa Tramway

Toden-Arakawa Line Oji

Toden-Arakawa Line at Oji

Useful information:

Price: Adult 170 yen, Child 90 yen.
Tickets: Purchased on the tram.
Times: Frequent departures throughout the day.

Paleo Express

The Paleo Express

Paleo Express Chichibu

The Paleo Express in Chichibu

  • Paleo Express

A steam locomotive from the 1970s, the Paleo Express links Kumagaya and Mitsumieguchi stations in the Chichibu region. Passing through both plains and the surrounding small mountains, it offers beautiful views perfect for photography enthusiasts! This train only has four cars and departs once a day; we recommend that you book your tickets in advance.


Useful information:

Price: 950 yen 
Tickets: Purchased from the departure station or to be reserved at all JR East stations.
Times: Departs at 10:12am from Kumagaya, departs at 2:00pm from Mitsumieguchi

In Chubu

  • The Oigawa line

Linking Shin-Kanaya Station to Senzu Station in Shizuoka Prefecture, this 1930s steam locomotive is one of the most popular attractions on our list. 

Spanning the region for more than 25 miles, it lets you admire the cherry blossoms in spring, but also Mount Fuji and the many outdoor onsen along the route. 

During the cherry blossom season, it is notably the banks of the Oi River and the tunnel of cherry trees by Ieyama station, which are the main attractions of the Oigawa line.

Oigawa Line

The Oigawa Line

Useful information:

Price: Adult 48hr Pass 5,000 yen, Child 48hr Pass 2,500 yen.
Tickets: Purchase at the departure station or book on the Oigawa line website.
Times: Departs from Shin-Kanaya at 10:00am, 10:38am, 11:52am; Departs from Senzu at 1:39pm, 2:10pm, 2:53pm.

View from the Hakone Tozan

View from the Hakone Tozan line

Hakone Tozan Line

The Hakone Tozan Line in Spring

The Hakone Tozan train and Hydrangeas

The Hakone Tozan train and Hydrangeas.

  • The Hakone Tozan line 

Connecting Hakone-Yumoto Station to Gora in 40 minutes, the Hakone Tozan is one of the best-connected lines in the region. With a train every ten minutes or so, the Hakone Tozan is an excellent and inexpensive way to get around Hakone. Small mountains, valleys and forests, there's a lot to see and discover on this route.

Useful information:

Price: 400 yen
Tickets: Purchased from the departure station. 
Times: Frequent departures throughout the day.


  • The Nanao line 

Located in Ishikawa prefecture, the Nanao line connects Tsubata station to Anamizu station in two and a half hours. 

Very popular during the spring, this route offers pretty views of the cherry blossoms, and it notably passes by "Noto Sakura Station", the station of Noto-Kashima, which is famous for its cherry tree-lined station. 

Also, note that a day pass is available for this line. By allowing free travel on Saturdays and holidays across the entire Koto network, this pass also gives discounts to museums and onsen in the area.

Nanao Line

Nanao Line

The mountains of Anamizu

The mountains of Anamizu

 Noto-Kashima Station

Noto-Kashima Station

Useful information:

Price: Pass "Tsukote Kudashi Free Ticket" 1,000 yen
Tickets: Purchased from the departure station or at any Ishikawa Railway terminal in the region.
Times: Frequent departures throughout the day.


  • The Nagaragawa line 

Along the Nagara River, the Nagaragawa line connects Mino-Ota station in Minokamo to Hokuno in Gujo.

Three times a week, this little train line in the Gifu region still uses trains from the 1920s! So from Friday to Sunday, you can admire the cherry trees of the region from onboard an old steam locomotive.

On the Nagaragawa railways

On the Nagaragawa railway line

The Chubu campaign

The Chubu countryside

Nagaragawa Line

Nagaragawa Line

Useful information:

Price: Adult 2,700 yen, Child 1,350 yen.
Tickets: Purchased from the departure station.
Times: Three times a week, departs at 10.40am from Mino-Ota station.

In Kansai

  • The Sagano line

Nicknamed "Sagano Romantic Train", the steam train of the Sagano line offers a 25-minute journey along the banks of the Hozukyo ravine, from Saga Torroko station to Kameoka Torroko station.

See also: Romance Car

A must for all flower lovers, this little train passes through the mountains of the region and lets you admire both the cherry trees in spring and the momiji in autumn.

Useful information:

Price: Adult 600 yen, Child 300 yen.
Tickets: Buy at the departure station or at any JR station in the region.
Hours: Daily from 9am to 5pm, once an hour.

View from the Sagano line

View from the Sagano line

Sagano Romantic Train at the platform

Sagano Romantic Train at the platform

Sagano Romantic Train

Sagano Romantic Train

Cat-shaped tram

Cat-shaped tram

 The small town of Ikoma

The small town of Ikoma

The original design of Ikoma trams

The unique design of the Ikoma trams

  • Ikoma tram (Ikoma cable car)

Linking Toriimae station to Ikoma-sanjo station in Nara prefecture, this little tram is rather special; designed in the shape of a cat from a child's storybook. 

The cats' journey finishes in the Ikoma-sanjo playground. Cute and inexpensive, there are many cherry trees along this route. A perfect means of transportation for the whole family!

Useful information:

Price: Adult 360 yen, Child 180 yen.
Tickets: Purchased from the departure station.
Times: Frequent departures throughout the day.

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