In a special collaboration between Echigo Tokimeki Railway and JR West the sightseeing train “Echigo Tokimeki Resort Setsugetsuka” will make a special run on the JR Oito Line on November 12th 2017. This is to mark the 60th anniversary of the complete JR Oito Line’s opening in 1957.
The Setsugekka is an award-winning sightseeing train which was launched by Echigo Tokimeki Railway in 2016. The name of the train means “Snow, Moon, Flowers” and is a romantic reference to the three traditional sources of inspiration for Japanese artists and poets. Consisting of just two carriages with 45 seats, the Setsugekka has the largest windows on any train in Japan, and travels at a leisurely pace through the Niigata countryside so that passengers can fully enjoy the passing scenery.
Decked out with local birch, beech, and cedar wood the first carriage is an observation lounge, while the second carriage holds a French restaurant, café and bar.
The train has won several design awards in Japan and in June of this year won a Public Space Design Award from the SBID International Design Awards which cited the train for setting “the pace for regional design innovation.”
The Setsugekka’s usual route is between Itoigawa Station and Joetsu Myoko Station on lines operated exclusively by Echigo Tokimeki Railway. However, on November 12th the train will run between Itoigawa Station and Minami-Otari Station on the northern part of the JR Oito Line which is run by JR West. The special course schedule is as follows:
10.30: The Setsugekka departs from Itoigawa Station
11.40: The train arrives at Minami-Otari Station
12.33: The Setsugekka departs from Minami-Otari Station
13.40: The train arrives at Itoigawa Station
Passengers will also receive memorabilia of the event and some special products of the locality.
To learn more about the Setsugekka, please visit the official website (Japanese language only).
Article Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.