Tobu Railway "SL Taiju"

Tobu Railways, the company that also runs the Tokyo Skytree, became the latest operator to start offering steam train services.

The C11 207 engine completed in 1941 was originally running in Hokkaido before it was brought here.

Trains run between Shimo-Imaichi (下今市)and Kinugawa Onsen (鬼怒川温泉)three times a day, mainly on weekends and national holidays. The distance between the two stations is only about 12 kilometers, making it the shortest route of all the steam train services in the Tokyo area. However this makes it easier to combine the train ride with other sightseeing activities in this area such as the Nikko Toshogu Shrine or the scenery along the Chuzenji Lake.

 


Timetable 

 

 

  Train 1 Train 3 Train 5
Shimo-Imaichi Dept 9:02 12:50 16:06
Kinugawa Onsen Arr 9:38 13:26 16:42
         
    Train 2 Train 4 Train 6
Kinugawa Onsen Dept 10:48 14:16 17:38
Shimo-Imaichi Arr 11:21 14:49 18:11

 

 

*Trains only run on certain days; mainly in the weekends year-round.

*In addition to a regular train fare, a seat assignment (750 JPY) is necessary. You cannot board without seat assignment - no "standing room" tickets are issued. Tickets go on sale a month before departure.

*Advice on getting tickets - Online booking is available only in Japanese so try going to the Tobu Information booth at Asakusa where English-speaking staff can assist you. This is not a JR-operated train, so your Japan Rail Pass doesn't work and you cannot book tickets at a JR office.