A tourist train with a modern Japanese twist showed onlookers what it’s got as it took a test ride through the magnificent Shikoku mountains on March 23.
Shikoku Railway Co.’s (JR Shikoku) three-car train, the Shikoku Mannaka Sennen Monogatari (The 1,000-year story at the heart of Shikoku), ran a 54.2-kilometer route from Kotohira Station in Kagawa Prefecture to Oboke Station in Tokushima Prefecture on the Dosan Line.
The train, which creates a relaxed atmosphere with its warm, subdued lighting and interiors including walls and floors made from Japanese cedars grown in Tokushima Prefecture, will make its debut on JR Shikoku’s line here from April.
Passengers enjoyed gazing out at breathtaking scenery while the train slowed and stopped at a station for a 10-minute break during the approximate two-hour journey. The same journey would take about 40 minutes by limited express train.
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