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SL Ginga

Service interval: Hanamaki to Kamaishi on the Kamaishi Line

  • SL Ginga
  • SL Ginga

A restored C58 239 locomotive, the SL Ginga operates between Hanamaki and Kamaishi on the Kamaishi Line. The passenger cars are a production in themselves, decorated to bring Kenji Miyazawa's "Night on the Galactic Railroad" to life. With the Kamaishi Line as its stage, the SL Ginga expresses the worldview, atmosphere and era of Miyazawa, while emanating the culture, natural beauty and scenery of the Tohoku area.

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Car interior

Car interior

Step back into time to the early twentieth century when Kenji Miyazawa lived. With illumination reminiscent of gas lamps, stained glass windows and astrological partitions, enjoy the extraordinary at your leisure in the soft light and cozy compartment-like cars.

Car interior

Galleries

The Kenji Miyazawa Galleries are created around three themes to bring Miyazawa's world to life from multiple perspectives. The exhibits include a variety of objects associated with the rail line and the Tohoku area that Miyazawa cherished and held dear.

Galleries

Planetarium

In car number one is an exhibit dedicated to the moon, the planets and beyond. It is the first optical planetarium to ever be located in a train. The planetarium has a uniquely designed show for the enjoyment of passengers.

Planetarium

Car layout

  • Hanamaki
  • Kamaishi
  • Car no.1 The Solar System and Star Museum/Planetarium, the Ginga Collection (railway art exhibition) Galleries
  • Car no.2 Kenji Miyazawa Gallery (Ihatov and Miyazawa) and Library Car
  • Car no.3 Kenji Miyazawa Gallery (Social Design and Miyazawa), Night on the Galactic Railroad Gallery Car
  • Car no.4 Miyazawa Gallery (Miyazawa the Artist) and SL Gallery Car
  • Car no.1 The Solar System and Star Museum/Planetarium, the Ginga Collection (railway art exhibition) Galleries
  • Car no.2 Kenji Miyazawa Gallery (Ihatov and Miyazawa) and Library Car
  • Car no.3 Kenji Miyazawa Gallery (Social Design and Miyazawa), Night on the Galactic Railroad Gallery Car
  • Car no.4 Miyazawa Gallery (Miyazawa the Artist) and SL Gallery Car

Regular stops

Regular stops

Route & Timetables

SL Ginga

Stops Bound for Kamaishi Bound for Hanamaki
Hanamaki 10:36 (dep.) 15:19 (arr.)
Shin-Hanamaki 10:47 (arr.)
10:50 (dep.)
15:08 (dep.)
15:06 (arr.)
Tsuchizawa 11:00 (arr.)
11:04 (dep.)
14:56 (dep.)
14:53 (arr.)
Miyamori 11:27 (arr.)
11:39 (dep.)
14:33 (dep.)
14:26 (arr.)
Tōno 12:12 (arr.)
13:31 (dep.)
13:53 (dep.)
11:46 (arr.)
Kami-Arisu 14:15 (arr.)
14:20 (dep.)
11:03 (dep.)
10:58 (arr.)
Rikuchū-Ōhashi 14:35 (arr.)
14:42 (dep.)
10:40 (dep.)
10:29 (arr.)
Kamaishi 15:10 (arr.) 9:57 (dep.)
Stops Bound for Kamaishi Bound for Hanamaki
  • * The above information is current as of January 2022.
  • * The stops and times may be subject to change.

Calendar

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Days marked with Green circle Brown circle indicate the days this train is in service.

Green circleBound for Kamaishi Brown circleBound for Hanamaki

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▍釜石行き
10日、17日、24日
▍花巻行き
11日、19日、25日
  • * The above information is current as of January 2022.
  • * Service dates may be subject to change.

How to purchase

There are multiple ways to purchase tickets as follows.

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Tickets:
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