Japan is a country extremely famous for its public transportation, with nationwide coverage, as well as almost zero time deviation. And along with the development of the country, as well as To promote the image of Japan to domestic and foreign tourists, many sightseeing trains have been launched across the country. Each region will have its own unique landscape, such as trains running through Mount Fuji, running through glaciers in Hokkaido, or running along the coast of Aomori,...

The train runs along the Enoshima coast, I will write about it in the next blogs.

And today, I will introduce to you a famous sightseeing train with the slogan "Bringing the Best of Kyoto On Board" - bringing the best of Kyoto on board, that is Kyo-train GARAKU.

Kyo-train GARAKU.

Kyo-train GARAKU, or Garaku for short, runs from Osaka to Kyoto, with the starting point being Osaka Umeda Station and the ending point being Kyoto Kawaramachi Station, with 4 other small stations in between, Juso, Awaji, Katsura respectively. , Karasuma.

How to go:

From Hankyu Umeda Station (Address : https://goo.gl/maps/GXjvrLHHxXQZzkwK7)

You arrive at Osaka / Umeda station, then walk to Hankyu Umeda station, follow the Hankyu Line and go to platform 3. On platform 3, the exact location of the train car numbers and train travel time are also recorded.

Please follow and wait at these signs at platform 3.

From Kyoto Kawaramachi Station (Address: https://maps.app.goo.gl/YE7hpKz629fv5pV59)

You follow the Hankyu line and go to platform 2, as shown in the photo below.

And now, let's explore this special train together!

The train will have 6 carriages, with each carriage having a different theme. I will introduce each topic, along with photos I took so you can easily visualize 😉

  1. Car 1: Autumn – Autumn.

The first car of the train has an autumn theme, decorated with traditional autumn motifs, called Ryusui-ni-kaede (but falling maple leaves floating on the river).

Car 1 of the Garaku train.

The seats of this carriage are designed with traditional tatami mats, and the backrest and head are decorated with maple leaves floating on the river.

In this first car, we will also be able to see the train driver's view, which in my opinion is the place where we can see the roads in the easiest and most beautiful way.

With many windows in front and on both sides, we will easily be able to see the street scenery as well as the nature of the two cities of Osaka & Kyoto.

Peaceful landscape seen through the window.

Video seen from the train driver's view:

2. Car 2: Winter – winter.

The train's second carriage has a winter theme, decorated with a bamboo garden in the middle of the carriage, along with specially designed windows for viewing the snow, conveying the feeling of winter in Kyoto.

Bamboo garden in the middle of car number 2.
A place that attracts people to check in.

The standing position on the train is quite "chill" in the 2nd car.

Designed in ancient Japanese style.
Bamboo rows through the window frame.

3. Car 3: Spring – spring.

Designed with a spring theme, the train's third carriage is decorated with cherry blossoms - the symbol of spring in the land of the rising sun.

Cherry blossoms decorate the seats.

This car is divided into 2 parts, the right half is a row of vertical seats as usual, with tatami mats with cherry blossom motifs, the left half is a row of horizontal seats facing the window, to make it more convenient for passengers to travel. sightseeing.

Rows of seats along with round windows decorated with extremely beautiful cherry blossoms.

In the horizontal row of seats on the left, there will be larger round windows, also decorated with cherry blossoms on both sides, and this row of seats can seat 2-3 people.

Let's enjoy the street scene with the "child model" today :v
The train is stopping at the station to pick up passengers.

And this is my most satisfactory photo today, capturing the exact moment the baby looked straight out at the straight green road, on the train running at 100km/h 😀

The most satisfactory photo of the day.

In my opinion, this is the most beautiful carriage to take photos, because the corner by the window and the scenery are really beautiful.

4. Car 4: Summer – summer.

Car 4 has a summer theme, decorated with iris motifs, with horizontal seats facing the window like car 3.

Irises decorate the window.

Video I took next to the window in cars 3 and 4:

5. Car 5: Early Autumn - early autumn

In the middle of car 5 is decorated with a traditional Japanese garden that we often see in ancient wooden houses in Kyoto.

A traditional Japanese garden is decorated in car 5.

Take advantage of checking in at the window before someone comes :v

Today's author 😀

6. Car 6: Early Spring – early spring.

The last car of the train, decorated with plum blossom motifs, has rows of traditional tatami seats and familiar round windows.

Video I filmed going around in the carriages of the train:

Some more information about the ship for you:

  • The train only operates on Saturday weekend and Japanese holidays.
  • Train ticket prices are kept the same as normal train prices, no need to buy tickets or make reservations, enter and exit the train using a normal train card.
  • The train only runs 4 times a day (Osaka - Kyoto and vice versa) according to a fixed time frame.
  • Specific time frames for trains running during the day:

+ Afternoon from Osaka to Kyoto: runs in 4 time frames: 9:32, 11:32, 13:32 and 15:32, stop times at the next stations are attached in the photo below.

Afternoon flight time Osaka - Kyoto.

+ Afternoon from Kyoto to Osaka: runs in 4 time frames: 10:41, 12:41, 14:41, 16:41, stop times at the next stations are attached in the photo below.


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