Sightseeing in Kyoto

Enjoy cherry tunnel in Spring, fresh green in Summer, and scarlet maple leaves in Autumn in "Sagano Scenic Train". Experience the pleasant journey with the passing scenery from the train window from Arashiyama to Kameoka!

Sagano Scenic Train running through fresh green

Sagano Scenic Train running through fresh green
"Sagano Scenic Train" has become a popular sightseeing place in Kyoto. This is a sightseeing railroad which connect "Torokko Saga"station in Arashiyama area to "Torokko Kameoka"station for approx.7.3 km. During the 30 minutes ride between Saga and Kameoka, the train stops at "Torokko Arashiyama" station and "Trokko Hozugawa station".

The origin of Sagano Scenic Train is a discontinued railway of JR Sanyo that was functioning as a actual railway and later facilitated for touristic purpose.

The train, just after departing from Saga Torokko station, enters to the natural mountains. The passengers can enjoy the slow speed train ride with the view of "cherry tunnel" in Spring, "fresh and clean green air" in Summer and most of all, "spectacular scarlet maple leaves" in Autumn from the window.

In addition, Hozugawa river which runs beside the railway is one of the"Sagano Romantic Train" highlights. It runs moderately in one part and immediately flows very fast and roughly in the other area.

This edition features "Sagano Romantic Train" which is recommended for sightseeing in Arashiyama area together with visiting temples and gourmet.

Table of contents for this article

1, Basic and useful information of Sagano Scenic Train
2, Information of Sagano Scenic Train and ticket information
3, Journey with scenic window view from Arashiyama to Kameoka! Highlights of Sagano Scenic Train
4, Enjoy also "Hozugawa river boat ride" and "Hozugawa river rafting"!
5, Reviews from those who have ridden Sagano Scenic Train
6, Comments from EnjoyJapan! Editorial dept.
7, Access information to Sagano Scenic Train
8, Recommended information around Sagano Scenic Train

1, Basic and useful information of Sagano Scenic Train

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Basic information

Name:Sagano Trokko Ressha
Name in English: SAGANO Scenic Railway (Sagano Romantic Train)
Prefecture: Kyoto
Area: Kyoto city area (Around Arashiyama and Kameoka)
Postal code: 616-8373
Address: Kurumamichi, Sagano-Tenryuji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
* Above is the address of Saga Torokko station

Tel: Unknown
No service day:

・Winter closed period: No service in January and February.
・There is regular no service day in every month in addition to winter closed period.

* As for regular no service day, please refer to "2, Information of Sagano Scenic Train and ticket information".


・Hours of the trains bound for "Kameoka"

First departure: 9:07/Last departure:16:07

・Hours of the trains bound for "Saga":

First departure: 9:35/Last departure: 16:35

* As for the detailed schedule, please refer to "2, Inforamtion of Sagano Scenic Train and ticket information".


・Adult (12 years or older)/620 yen
・Child (from 6 years up to 11 years)/310 yen

※For a child younger than 6 years, free of charge per one adult accompanying the child. But if a reserved seat required for the child, a child fare will apply.


・Trokko Saga station/No
・Trokko Arashiyama station/No
・Trokko Kameoka station/Yes *1,000 yen will be charged per day.

Official site: https://www.sagano-kanko.co.jp

Useful information

Less than 10 minutes walk from the nearest station: Yes
Credit card: Not acceptable
Purpose: Friends/Date/Family/Alonw/Group
Foreign language speaking staff: Unknown
Free Wi-Fi: Unknown
Estimated time required: Approx. 1 hour
Other useful information:

・Sagano Scenic Train is crowded especially in weekends and touristic season such as Spring and Autumn. The tickets may be sold out or you may be required to wait for a long, therefore, we recommend advance reservation.

・If you take the train from Arashiyama "Torokko Saga station" or "Torokko Arashiyama station" for Kameoka, it is better to have a plan after arriving Kameoka station. Those who want to come back to Arashiyama from kameoka, "Hozugawa river boat ride" or JR train from Kameoka station (which is 10 minutes working distance from Torokko Kameoka station) are recommended.

・Wheel chair is accepted.
・Baby stroller needs to be folded on board.
・A pet is charged and accepted on condition that the pet is kept in a case that is within the size limit.
・Guide dog and assistance dog is accepted.

※You can download the information about Sagano Scenic Train.
For pamphlet please click here.

2, Information of Sagano Scenic Train and ticket information

Here is information about service schedule of Sagano Scenic Train, timetable and ticket purchase and reservation.

Service schedule of Sagano Scenic Train

Service schedule of Sagano Scenic Train
This is the service schedule through the year of 2016.

・In Winter closing period January and February, no service.
・"☓" mark means regular no service day.

For detailed schedule of every month, please see the below.
See the monthly schedule of Trokko trains here.

Sagano Scenic Train Timetable

●Timetable of the trains bound for "Kameoka"

1, Departure time from Torokko Saga station


2, Departure time from Torokko Arashiyama station


3, Departure time from Torokko Hozukyo station


4, Arrival time at Torokko Kameoka station


●Timetable of the trains bound for "Saga"

1, Departure time from Torokko Kameoka station


2, Departure time from Torokko Hozukyo station


3, Departure from Torokko Arashiyama station


4, Arrival to Torokko Saga station


Ticket purchase and reservation of Sagano Scenic Train


All seats of Sagano Scenic Train are reserved seats.
It is different from free seats in ordinary local train, please be careful.

The following is a seat map of Sagano Scenic Train.

Seat map of Sagano Scenic Train
Quote:Sagano Scenic Train official site/https://www.sagano-kanko.co.jp

※"The Rich・Train" has no window grass, so it is cold in Autumn and Wintertime.

For detail seat map of Sagano Scenic Train please see here.

Now, how to make a reservation and purchase on the spot instructions.

【How to make a reservation】

1, First, please check which seats are available on live reservation page.

For live reservation page, please see here.

2, For advance ticket purchase, please see the followings:

●Telephone reservation of JR West is convenient. (Japanese language only)

(1) Tel: 0088-24-5489 *Only credit card payment accepted.

・For tel reservation, please be advised:

※Free Call
※Hours/8:00~22:00 no closing day
※Available from one month before from 10 am to 30 minutes before departure.
※Credit card of the passenger is required.
※The operator will provide "reservation number" and "4 digits of tel number", so please take them note.

(2) How to receive the reserved ticket

・Ticketing is available in "Midori No madoguchi" or green ticketing machine of JR West station.

※The "reservation number" and "4 digits of tel number" are required.
※Credit card that you provided on the reservation is required.

●It is sold in "Midori No madoguchi" in major JR West station.

※You can buy it a month earlier.

In the following places, reservation and ticketing is possible.

Kansai International Airport: "Midorino madoguchi" in Kansai International Airport staion of JR

"Midorino madoguchi" in JR Kyoto station

3, For change and cancellation of the ticket

・The credit card that you provided at the time of reservation is required.

・Change and cancellation is possible before the departure of the train.

【How to buy the ticket on the spot】

1, Please check the reservation condition of the day.

For live resevation page, please see here.

2, Please see the below for ticket purchase on the spot.

●Tickets are sold in Trokko stations such as Torokko Saga station, Torokko Arashiyama station, Torokko Kameoka station, on first come, first served basis.

・Start of selling tickets of the day

Trokko Saga station/AM 8:40
Trokko Arashiyama station/AM 8:50
Trokko Kameoka staion/AM 9:00

※ Please note that the time may vary.

For details of ticket reservation and purchase on the spot for Sagano Scenic Train, please see here.

Sagano Scenic Train Fares

●Individual passenger

・Adult (12 years or older)/620 yen
・Child (from 6 to 11 years)/310 yen

※For a child younger than 6 years, free of charge per one adult accompanying the child. But if a reserved seat required for the child, a child fare will apply.

3, Journey with scenic window view from Arashiyama to Kameoka! Highlights of Sagano Scenic Train

Now, let's take a look at the highlights and photos of "Sagano Scenic Train" from Arashiyama to Kameoka with scenic window view.

Take a memorial picture of Sagano Scenic Train!

Sagano Scenic Train

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Trokko train is different from the ordinary train that runs in the town.
First of all, let's see the appearance of Sagano Scenic Train, and take a memorial picture.
The shot when the train is arriving to the station is preferable one for those who love photos!

Enjoy the scenery from the window after the departure.

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Most of passengers ride the train from "Torokko Arashiyama" station or "Torokko Saga" station, and a scenery which is very different from the departure area.

Through the nature surrounded by mountains, "Hozugawa" river appears and the train proceeds slowly in the scenery.

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View of Hozugawa river from the window of Sagano Scenic Train

From the train window you can feel the fresh air and sunlight of outside. The ride in sunny day is very comfortable.

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"Sagano Scenic Train" running through the nature seen from Hozugawa river (Hozukyo) is splendid. This is recommended spot for photo lovers.

View of Sagano Scenic Train from Takao

And also from Takao, the running "Sagano Scenic Train" can be seen.

Hozugawa river boat ride

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As the train runs along the Hozugawa river, the passengers can see Hozugawa river boat ride, a local specialty of Hozugawa.

Some people wave hands from the train, while those who ride on the boat wave hands back. This is fun communication opportunity!

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This is another unique attraction Hozugawa, "Hozugawa river rafting". If you watch the rafting attraction from the train, you can feel the thrilling sensation, too.

"Cherry" in Spring, "Maple leaves" in Autumn! Don't forget seasonal charm of the train!

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Seasonal sceneries which vary depending on the season is one of the highlights of Sagano Scenic Train.
Mountains are decorated with Cherry blossom" in Spring, "Colorful maple leaves" in Autumn and welcome us.

There is a tunnel covered with cherry tree branches, through which the train runs.

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As you have seen the train runs through pink colored sceneries.
It is becoming warm in Spring, and many tourists come here to take the train.

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The highlight of Autumn is scarlet and yellow colored mountains with Autumn leaves!
From any window of the train, you would not miss beautiful scenery.

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Besides, Autumn "Sagano Scenic Train illumination" is another attraction.
Every year maple trees are illuminated during the period, and many people come here to enjoy the train ride with illuminated scenery.

Please bear in mind, night time of Autumn in Kyoto is cold, and cold air enters from the window. If you come in Autumn illumination period, please wear warm clothes.

Extra edition! Check it out combined with Sagano Scenic Train!

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In order to take Sagano Scenic Train, many people ride from Torokko Saga station or Torokko Arashiyama station.If you do the same, please visit the Arashiyama area before taking trainbecause bamboo grove in Arashiyama is always popular, and through the grove you can arrive at Trokko Arashiyama station. Please check the bamboo grove, too.

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This is "Torokko Saga" station.
In the station there are many "Tanuki" (raccoon dog) on the platform. Please don't miss them.

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In Torokko Saga station, there is the biggest train model in Japan, called "Georama Kyoto Japan!". If you have time, please visit there, too. They are so well done to details that you may not able to distinguish the real ones and models such as the whole scenery, station. railway. and buildings.

This is the place where adults and children can enjoy as you can experience Georama driving (to be charged) or try other experience attraction.

【Facility information】

Hours: 9:00 〜 17:30 ※The last reception 17:00
Closed : depending on the train service day

●Combined with Sagano Scenic Train

・Adult/400 yen
・Child/200 yen

●Without Sagano Scenic Train

・Adult/500 yen
・Child/300 yen

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If you visit "Georama Kyoto Japan!" don't miss "19 century hall", a facility where you can see real steam locomotive train closely.
People take pictures with the train that is very rare, and this picture becomes memory of your visit to 19 century hall.

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During tourist season and weekends, the train is crowded like you can see.
If you want to ride "Sagano Scenic Train" absolutely, advance reservation is recommended.

4, Enjoy also "Hozugawa river boat ride" and "Hozugawa river rafting"!

If you go to Arashiyama and enjoy scenic journey in Sagano Scenic Train, why don't you include "Hozugawa river boat ride" and "Hozugawa river rafting" which area touristic specialty in Arashiyama to add more impact on your memory?

Hozugawa river boat ride

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Postal code: 621-0005
Address: 2 Shimonakajima, Hozu-cho, Kameoka city, Kyoto
Tel: 0771-22-5846
No service day:

・The service may be canceled according to the weather, such as heavy rain and wind or elevated water level.
・No service from December 29 to January 4.
・No service on February 17 and September 7 due to security check.


・Monday to Friday/9:00 〜 15:30
※Departure in every one hour

・Weekend and holiday/Non regular service 〜 15:30


・Adult: /4100 yen
・Child from 4 to 12 years/2700 yen

For details of the Hozugawa river boat ride service, please see here.

Hozugawa river rafting

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Shop Name: Big Smile Rafting
Postal code: :621-0828
Address: 2-208-8 Umahori Ekimae, Shino-cho, Kameoka city, Kyoto
Reservation only Tel: 0771-29-5370
No service day:

・Based on working schedule.
・To be canceled according to the weather such as heavy rain or wind and elevator water level.


※Time may vary depending on the course.

9:00 〜


※Price may vary depending on the course.

・3,780 yen~

For detail information of service and reservation of Hozugawa river rafting, please see here.

5, Reviews from those who have ridden Sagano Scenic Train

Here are some reviews from the people who have experienced "Sagano Scenic Train" enjoying the scenic view from the window.

Translate : Sagano Scenic Train, superb view and the wind was very refreshing. I wanna come again.

Translate : At Hozukyo, Sagano Scenic Train.

Translate : Kyoto Sagano Scenic Train
It runs slowly between Sagano and Kameoka along Hozukyo.
Can enjoy the beauty of the valley in each season, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.
Nice weather
Have a good day (^0^)/

Translate : Took Sagano Scenic Train today.:)
It was incredibly beautiful with cherry blossom. (^O^)

Sagano Scenic Train provides scenery through mountains and Hozugawa river as a touristic train! Please your plan to visit Kyoto Arashiyama based on the information.

6, Comment from EnjoyJapan! Editorial dept.

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"Arashiyama, one of major sightseeing spots in Kyoto. The most populat sightseeing spot "Togetsu kyo", a World Heritage site "Tenryuji"and the other temples visiting, fabulous gourmet such as a famous boild soy bean curd restaurant "Takemura", well-known eal restauranta "Hirokawa", and one day visit hot spring "Fufunoyu".There are various recommended touristic information in Arashiyama.Among them, "Sagano Scenic Train" is a must spot and now very popular railway tourism which runs through the year except for Winter.
A less than one hour journey on the train from Arashiyama area to Kameyama area with scenic view entertains the passengers with various views such as Hozugawa river boat ride as it runs slowly.

The recommended season for the train ride is Spring of cherry blossom or Autumn of maple leaves. In autumn especially mountains are beautiful. Illumination starts at this time too, so evening time train ride is recommended.

If you come to Arashiyama, please experience unique attraction of Torokko train.

7, Access information to Sagano Scenic Train

Torokko Saga station

Postal code: 〒616-8373
Address: Kurumamichi machi, Saga Tenryuji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
Tel : Unknown

(by Trains)
・Get off at "Saga Arashiyama" station of JR Sanin line, walk 1 minute
・Get off at "Arashiyama" station of Keifuku dentetsu Arashiyama line, and walk 5 minutes
・Get off at "Arashiyama" station of Hankyu train Arashiyama line, walk 15 minutes

Torokko Arashiyama station

Postal code: 616-8394

Address: 4-2 Tabuchiyama cho, Saga Ogurayama, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto

Tel : Unknown

・Get off at "Saga Arashiyama" station of JR Sanin line, walk 20 minutes
・Get off at "Arashiyama" station of Keifuku dentetsu Arashiyama line, and walk 20 minutes
・Get off at "Arashiyama" station of Hankyu train Arashiyama line, walk 30 minutes

Torokko Hozukyo station

Postal code: 610-0000
Address: Kitamatsuoyama, Arashiyama, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
Tel : Unknown

Torokko Kameoka station

Postal code: 621-0825
Address: Yamamoto Jiguro, Shinomachi, Kameoka city, Kyoto
Tel : Unknown

・Get off at "Umahori"station of JR Sanyo line, walk 10 minutes

8, Recommended information around Sagano Scenic Train

【Sightseeing related article】

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【Gourmet related article】

Enjoy authentic atmosphere of Kyoto and "Saga dofu" gourmet in "Yudofu Takemura", a traditional Japanese style restaurant in Arashiyama!

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