SL


How to get there

SL

station
First, take the Shinkansen to Shizuoka city ; it takes 1 hour by train from Tokyo.

From there it will take you an additional 30 minutes: take the JR Tokaido Main line to Kanaya station, then from Kanaya station take the Oigawa Railway to get to Shin-kanaya station.

You’ll see the locomotive on the tracks waiting for you to begin your journey!

girls with ocha, tea

Kanaya is famous for its green tea. It was the season for newly harvested tea, so there was a free Kayana tea service in front of the station. Kanaya tea has a sweet and refreshing taste.

train station

In front of the station, you can find the ‘plaza loco’ where you can buy some souvenirs and ekiben (lunch boxes to eat on the train).

SL imitations

This area is a reproduction of Kanaya’s station and platform around the mid 1970s.

Time travel !

inside the train

After enjoying all of what Shin-Kanaya station had to offer, I realized that it was already time to board. I got on the ”SL Kawane 1” train at 11:52. The train interior looked so retro and nostalgic, that I felt like I was back in the early Showa period! While eating my ekiben, the train whistled to depart and the station staff waved at us as they sent us off. Here we go…

train's entrance

sawaco about to ride on the train.

After a short while, the train staff came to welcome the passengers. This type of SL (C56, No.44) I rode today used to run in Hokkaido, but was transferred to Thailand during the Pacific War. Most of them were damaged during the war, but this SL was miraculously saved and returned to Japan.

The train staff inside the retro SL.

One of the train’s staff members entertained us by playing the harmonica.

The staff playing the harmonica.

The train offers great views on the famous Shizuoka area tea fields. Along the way many people were waving at us.

rice field

the bridge

You can also purchase things on the train. Some dorayaki (a kind of Japanese pancake) with a wheel emblem branded on the surface are available for purchase. We were very surprised because they have almost three or four times more anko (red bean paste) that the usual dorayaki, but they didn’t taste too sweet.

A yummy Japanese sweets bum.

Senzu, the final stop

After an hour and twenty-minutes, we arrived at the final stop of our journey, Senzu station. 

SL18

The SL that brought me here was being reloaded with coal for its return trip. 

SL 19

We were welcomed by “Thomas” locomotives on the platform. These locomotives only run from June to October! I took a photo with Thomas the train. I have loved it since I was a child. Children love to ride them during the summer holiday!

Thomas locomotives

The trip doesn’t end here

The famous bridge of Oku-Ooi

From Senzu station, there are many more things to see. There are several onsen (hot spring) available around the small city, that you can reach by bus. You can also board another train to go further in nature and discover breathtaking sights:

Map

2 Chome-1112-2 Kanayaazuma Shimada-shi, Shizuoka Prefecture

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Information

Address 2 Chome-1112-2 Kanayaazuma Shimada-shi, Shizuoka Prefecture
Access 1h from Tokyo station by taking Shinkansen Hikari. 30min from Shizuoka station by Tokaido Mainline. 3min from Kanaya station by taking Ōigawa Railway.
Phone 0547-45-4112
Website http://www.oigawa-railway.co.jp/