2017 No.20

Railway Journey across Japan


Dream Railway Journey

Photos: Nakai Seiya, Mashima Railway Pictures Co., Ltd.

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From mountains and seas to valleys and plains, there are trains offering breathtaking views, trains carrying fresh perspectives on life, and trains bringing you local tastes savored at a banquet or at ease.
Let’s embark on the railway journey of your dreams—one more devoted to discovery than destination.


The Seto-Ohashi Line crosses a large suspension bridge over the Seto Inland Sea to connect Okayama Prefecture on the main island of Honshu to Kagawa Prefecture on Shikoku Island.
A train courses by, bathed in the light of a glowing sunset.
Out the window, you see many seagoing vessels—large and small—making their way across glittering waves.


The morning sun glints off a highland train on a summer’s day.

A local train is visible down the lush green tunnel of a northern station.

Heading North

The peak of winter comes to Shimokita Peninsula, Aomori Prefecture.
A local train runs along Mutsu Bay.
The stark white exterior of a railcar testifies to
the area’s severe wind and snow.

Heading South

Seven Stars in Kyushu is a deluxe cruise train that shows the world the beauties of Kyushu, serving up delightful delicacies of local ingredients before a passing vista of breathtaking scenery.
The warm hospitality of people at various destinations adds a wonderful and memorable touch to the journey.