Visit Northern Tohoku with local railway lines!
The four local railway lines. (Image credit: JR East)
East Japan Railway Company (JR East) (JR東日本), Sanriku Railway (三陸鉄道), Iwate Ginga Railway (IGR) (いわて銀河鉄道) and Aoimori Railway (青い森鉄道) have collaborated to launch a campaign promoting domestic travel to the Northern Tohoku region, through riding on the region’s local railway lines and exploring the charms of the area.
After taking a bullet train to Morioka in Iwate Prefecture or Hachinohe in Aomori Prefecture, travelers are encouraged to transfer to a local railway line to further explore the region. Travelling on local railway lines has many charming points, including:
- Enjoying passing scenery from the train windows
- Leisurely relishing the passing of time
- Feeling the warmth of the local community
Northern Tohoku Local Lines promotional video. (Video credit: JR East)
To showcase the charm and rusticity of the places that the railway lines pass by, a special promotional video was shot, with an upbeat version of “I’ve been working on the railroad”—penned with original Japanese lyrics—playing as the background music. The video is available online, and will also be played around various train stations from 23 September 2020.
Looking for inspiration on places to visit in Northern Tohoku? You can do so from this website, which features videos on various attractions, including interviews with from the local community. These include railway staff, ama divers, hiking guides and more.
JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area) and usage area. (Image credit: JR East)
Interested in visiting Northern Tohoku? Check out the JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area), an affordable rail pass offering unlimited rail travel on JR East lines (including bullet trains) in the coverage area for any 5 days of your choice within a 14-day period. Other than JR East lines, pass also offers unlimited rides on Aomori Railway lines and IGR lines. At only ¥19,350 when purchased overseas, it costs less than a round-trip between Tokyo and Morioka (~¥30,000) or Tokyo and Hachinohe (~¥33,000), and the 5 days do not have to be consecutive.
While Sanriku Railway lines are not covered by the JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area), Sanriku Railway has its own range of rail passes, including 1-day, 2-day, and with differing coverage areas.
Although travelling to Japan remains restricted for most countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are looking forward to the day that we can visit Japan again!
Header image credit: JR East