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Fukaura-machi, Nishitsugaru-gun, Aomori Prefecture
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Reviewed 31 October 2018

This was a very enjoyable trip with varied scenery and a very comfortable train seats. Going from Akita to Hirosaki (just over 4 hours), don't worry if your reserved seat is on the right side of the train as there is a switchback before you...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 20 August 2018

Riding on JR East’s Resort Shirakami Gono Line trains during the summer tourist season is said to be one of the lifetime journeys that one must experience according to the Japanese. So we decided to take up this recommendation last September and bought Japan East...More

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank unescotravelbug
Reviewed 22 May 2017

The Gonou Train line runs from Aomori to Akita Japan and offers some extremelly scenic views of a very rugged coast. Japan Rail is well aware of this and offers 3 "resort" trains running on this line in addition to fairly limited local service. From...More

Date of experience: May 2017
4  Thank Ted C
Reviewed 6 January 2017

Disclaimer: This review covers the Resort Shirakami rail service as much as it covers the Gono line. I consider the Gono line to be among one of the most interesting JR lines. It connects (via extension) Aomori and Akita, two prefectural capitals in Tohoku. It...More

Date of experience: August 2016
5  Thank 271heikkis
Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

春の五能線の旅、五所川原駅から鯵ヶ沢駅でも一泊、そして深浦駅でも接続を待つ間地元歩き、そして東八森で一泊し翌日あきた白神駅からリゾート白神にのる鉄道満喫旅。ほとんどずーっと海岸沿いを視界を遮るエリア少なく海を見ながら列車にゆられる癒しの旅です。人工的なものがほとんど目に入らない希少な路線列車ですね。 Almost nothing but the sea is confronting your eye when you take Gono Line from Kawabe St. to Akita St. We can enjoy beauty of nature taking local train in northern part of Japan.

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank junkom45
Reviewed 27 February 2014

Great experience of local train in the Shirakami coastal area, resistrated as a world heritage! Book a seet in any JR station. The line is too close to Japanses sea so confirm the train schedule in winter season. Some atractions are also available in the...More

Date of experience: February 2014
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

Being born and bred in an equatorial zone has ingrained into me a fascination for snow. I am not saying I have never seen snow or experienced winter.I have been to Koyasan in Feb 2012. However this Feb 2013 trip was different. It was a...More

Date of experience: February 2013
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Meredith C
23 January 2019|
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H Meridith, On the JR East website there is a timetable for the Joyful trains that shows there will be three a day in that direction on that route (although one only goes as far as Hirosaki so you would have to change... More