This Sightseeing Train in Japan Brings Travel’s Old-World Glamour Back
Enjoy a relaxing meal course with unparalleled views.
Kyoto Tango Railways Tango Kuromatsu
Contact: +81-772-25-2323, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays
The Tango Kuromatsu of the Kyoto Tango Railways is a popular restaurant-sightseeing train that lets guests enjoy the great views in the train's route while having their fill of Kyoto's gourmet dishes.
After resuming its operations last March, the restaurant-train is once again ready to offer brunch, lunch, and sweets courses for all its passengers. The menu will change by the half-year term.
This luxuriously designed train will definitely take you on a relaxing journey and give you an unforgettable dining experience.
The brunch course train leaves the Fukuchiyama Station at 10:03 a.m. and arrives at the Amano Hashidate Station at 11:53 a.m. The ¥6,500 fee is already inclusive of the train ticket, special car, meal and drink, and service fees.
To go the Fukuchiyama Station, take the Limited Express Konotori for about 97 minutes from JR Osaka Station to Fukuchiyama Station. This costs ¥3,340.
On your way back, take the Limited Express Hashidate for about 2 hours and 19 minutes from the JR Amano Hashidate Station. Then transfer to Kyoto Line New Rapid at Kyoto Station and take the ride for about 30 minutes to Osaka Station. The trip back will cost you ¥4,460 altogether.
If you're coming from the JR Osaka Station, you can opt for a round-trip ticket instead, which costs ¥14,500 (inclusive of the brunch course fee).
There are special brunch menu items such as quiche with spring vegetables and Tanma Chicken. These dishes are made by the owner of Katashima, a patisserie café.
The lunch course train leaves the Amano Hashidate Station at 12:48 a.m. and arrives at the Nishimaizuru Station at 2:50 p.m. The ¥10,800 fee is already inclusive of the ticket fee, special car fee, meal and drink, and service fees.
To go to the Amano Hashidate Station, take the Limited Express Konotori for about 90 minutes from JR Osaka Station. Then transfer to Limited Express Hashidate at Fukuchiyama Station and ride for about 41 minutes. The trip costs ¥4,760 altogether.
On your way back, you can take the Limited Express Maizuru for about 95 minutes from the JR Nishimaizuru Station. Then transfer to the Kyoto Line New Rapid at Kyoto Station and ride for about 28 minutes. Make sure to get off at Osaka Station. This will cost you ¥3,560.
If you're coming from the JR Osaka Station, the round-trip ticket costs ¥19,120 (inclusive of lunch course fee).
This Japanese-style lunch is prepared by the Miyazu Royal Hotel. In April, a lunch by Kitanoya--a traditional hotel in Amano Hashidate--is served in the train.
The sweets course train leaves from the Nishimaizuru Station at 3:30 p.m. and arrives at the Amano Hashidate Station at 4:45 p.m. The ¥5,500 fee is already inclusive of the transportation, meal and drinks, and service fees.
To go the Nishimaizuru Station, take the Kyoto Line New Rapid from JR Osaka Station for about 29 minutes. Then transfer to the Limited Express Maizuru and ride for about 89 minutes. This will cost you ¥3,560 altogether.
On your way back, you can take the Limited Express Hashidate for 44 minutes from the JR Amano Hashidate Station. Then transfer to the Limited Express Konotori at Fukuchiyama Station and ride for about 100 minutes. Male sure to get off at Osaka Station. The trip back costs ¥4,760.
If you're coming from the JR Osaka Station, the round-trip ticket costs ¥13,820 (inclusive of the sweets course fee).
These are original sweets by Ameiro Bistro Arle, a popular Italian restaurant in Nishimaizuru. The course features three kinds of sweets, one of which is the Maizuru tea tart with Akihime strawberries produced in Kurita.
Aside from the food, something else to look forward to are the great sights that the train ride provides.
The train crosses the Yura River Bridge during the lunch and sweets courses. At this point in the ride, the train will run slowly and stop for a while so that the passengers can enjoy the wonderful view.
The Yura River Bridge was built in 1924 and is 552 meters long.
You can also enjoy the stunning view of the Nagu Bay.
The interiors of the train offer a comfortable yet classy atmosphere. There are five tables each for two people and four people.
Local folk arts and special products are on display inside the train.
The train's logo takes its inspiration from Amano Hashidate's white sand and pines.
The restaurant-sightseeing train only runs on Fridays, the weekends, and national holidays. All of the seats on the train require prior reservations.
Only a maximum of 30 passengers are allowed for each trip. Passengers are not allowed to get off the train before the final destination.
Train tickets can be purchased on the Kyoto Tango Railway website and main stations three months to three days ahead of the selected day. They are also available via the shops of JTB, Nippon Travel Agency, and Kinki Japan Tourist. You can buy tickets there three months to five days ahead.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (28 March 2018)