Nostalgic Steam-locomotive train riding in Tochigi Pref.

History Food & Drink Culture Experience
18,150 JPY - / person
About 9 hours
Language: English

What we'll do

Maoka-railway is started in 1912 and located 70km north of Tokyo, now one of the Steam-locomotive running railway in Japan. The railway length is 41.9 km from Shimodate station to Notegi station with 17stations. Almost on every weekend and national holidays the steam-locomotive train makes one round-trip a day. You can enjoy not only riding the nostalgic train but also seeing the beautiful local scenery.

Meeting Place

Get on the Tokyo-Ueno-line train from Tokyo station to Oyama station


Price per person (tax included)
18,150 JPY - / person
Max participants
Up to 5 people
Hosted in English
Things you need to know before the tour

Things you need:
Lunch(approx. US $15.00)
It will be very crowded while Mashiko pottery fair that will be held from April 27th to May 6th and the beginning of November.
Please book this tour one week before actual riding date for arranging the ticket.
The minimum number of participants for this tour is two.
Regarding Lunch at Motegi-town for the special food eating people, It is very difficult to get Vegan food, Halal food and any other food required by medical reasons, because Motegi-town is a very local and small town.
So If you have the special food requirements, please bring lunch by yourself.
Guest Requirements:
Anybody who is interested in Railway


  1. 1
    Oyama station

    Change line to Hitachi line to Shimodate station

  2. 2
    Shimodate station

    Get on The steam-locomotive(SL) train "Mooka-gou" departing at 10:35AM Before get on the train you can take photos of the SL train for 20 minutes.

  3. 3
    Arriving at Motegi station

    You can watch railway turntable operation which change the direction of the steam locomotive. For the lunch, there is a couple of local restaurants around Motegi-station. In one of these restaurants, you can enjoy Japanese traditional "Soba"(Buck wheat noodles) lunch. After lunch, we will get on the one car diesel train departing at 13:22PM to Mooka station.

  4. 4
    Mooka station and SL Kyuroku-kan(SL Museum)

    The construction of SL Kyuroku-kan(SL museum) and SL running project that was originally planned to revitalize local towns and cities along Mooka- line. you can enjoy driving SL attraction and observing several old steam and diesel locomotives. There is a small Museum shop, you can buy railway related goods and foods. After enjoying attractions for one hour, we will get on the SL train at 15:28PM and back to Shimodate station.

  5. 5
    Shimodate station

    Via Oyama station back to Tokyo Station


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