Saga-Arashiyama Station / Sagano Romantic Train, Kyoto

Saga-Arashiyama Station / Sagano Romantic Train, Kyoto

Lovers of train rides and scenic nature should reserve their tickets online for the Sagano Romantic Train and enjoy some of the best sightseeing around Kyoto – especially in late March to early April (cherry-blossom time) or November (for colorful foliage). Traveling from Arashiyama through the forested ravine and into rural Kameoka, the charming old-fashioned train has five cars/cabins, one of which – called “The Rich” – features an open design right down to the floor, which is great for panoramic views. Tickets are ¥630 per ride (one way) and you will need to ride back if you want to continue on in Arashiyama.

You can also take a 2-hour river tour back from Kameoka, which is – again – highly recommended for a great experience of rafting and beautiful sightseeing; note, however, that the river tour tickets can only be bought by the time you check-in at Saga-Arashiyama terminal, on a first-come-first-served basis. Whatever your choice, don't wait until arriving at Kameoka to buy a boat ticket, because you won't have enough time for such things. In fact, you will only have 10 minutes to walk from Kameoka terminal to the bus station where the bus will take you to the departure point of the boat cruise.

Inside the Saga-Arashiyama train station itself, you will find train souvenirs galore (the DVD of the train ride is a bargain!), as well as the Diorama Kyoto Japan, featuring model railroads and painstakingly recreated miniature versions of Kyoto's historical sites and neighborhood scenes. Well worth a visit by young and old!

Tip:
For better sightseeing, choose rides departing in the morning or the early afternoon. Be aware that the railway may not operate on Wednesdays and in the cold season.

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Sight Name: Saga-Arashiyama Station / Sagano Romantic Train
Sight Location: Kyoto, Japan (See walking tours in Kyoto)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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