A Wonderful Sight! Snow and Trains Combined
When somebody mentions snow, the first thing that comes to mind is breathtaking landscapes covered in pearl-white. However, there is something you should see at least once: a train gliding along in the snowy scene! The sight of the engine and cars chugging steadily across the sparkling white environment, heading forward as if giving a performance with the snow petals, is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
In this article, we will introduce the most spectacular winter-edition train scenes you can view in the Tohoku Region, where to find them, and other sightseeing spots to visit during your trip!
1. JR Tadami Line in Fukushima - The Best Railway Scene in Tohoku!
There can’t be a conversation about winter landscapes and trains without mentioning the JR Tadami Line. It is also referred to as “world’s most romantic railroad spot”. When looked upon from the window when the train is crossing the No. 1 Tadami River Bridge, you can see the perfect symbiosis between the surrounding valley and mountains and the blindingly white snow (as shown in the photo above).
The No. 1 Tadami River Bridge is located right next to Roadside Station Ozekaido-Mishimajuku.
There are around 8 trains departing daily from the Tadami Line, but we recommending riding early in the morning. Ride the first train from Aizu-Wakamatsu Station for about an hour and 30 minutes, and get off at Aizu-Miyashita Station, then get on a bus bound for Roadside Station Ozekaido-Mishimajuku. There are many photos you won’t be able take anywhere except the Tadami Line.
You can experience the beauty of the Tadami Line at other places, too. One such spot (pictured above) is the Miyashita-Achi-Sankyodai Bridge (roughly translated as the Miyashita Arch Three Brothers Bridge), where you can admire three railways at the same time.
Another great spot to visit is the very flat railway on the No. 2 Tadami River Bridge. You can obtain a map at Aizu-Miyashita Station with information on each spot. The station is near the Roadside Station Ozekaido-Mishimajuku, so be sure to use it when searching for it.
After you’ve taken in these three picturesque spots in Fukushima, return to the Roadside Station Ozekaido-Mishimajuku for a nice meal and relaxation at the restaurant. After warming back up, head to the next destination!
Tsurugajo (Aizu-Wakamatsu Castle)
In the afternoon, how about going back to the area around Aizu-Wakamatsu Station, to resume our quest and move onto the next location? There is a considerable amount of non-railway, beautiful scenery to be seen in winter nearby.
Also known as Aizu-Wakamatsu Castle, Tsurugajo Castle is an iconic fixture and symbol of Aizuwakamatsu. This castle is the tallest in all of the eastern Japan area, and it leaves its visitors breathless when they see it up close.
Another trait that sets Tsurugajo Castle apart from others is its unique red roof tiles. They are especially stunning to view in winter especially, when the castle is blanketed in sparkling white snow, making the crimson tiles very dazzling and giving it the whole castle a magical appearance. This is a the trademark of Tsurugajo Castle.
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