The Akita Nairiku Jukan Railway is a popular sightseeing railway running from Kakunodate Station through beautiful and sparsely populated countryside north to Takanosu.
However during weekdays the line is little used and the company operating the 94km line and 29 stations faces financial difficulties in turning a profit.
The first train from Kakunodate leaves at 5.09am with the last train at 8.27pm. The fare from Takanosu to Kakunodate is 1620 yen and the journey takes two hours 45 minutes.
Turn right out of Kakunodate Station and the classic wood paneled waiting room is on your right opposite Kakunodate Tourist Office.
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