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Hokkaido Sightseeing Train offers breathtaking views of the Tokachi Mountains and lavender fields

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Passengers enjoy the view from the Furano Biei Norokko train on Saturday.

SAPPORO – A sightseeing train with breathtaking views of the Tokachi Mountains and lavender fields started its seasonal service in Hokkaido on Saturday.

Hokkaido Railway Co.’s Furano-Biei Norokko service (JR Hokkaido) operates on the Furano Line from Asahikawa or Biei stations to Furano. The three-car train has large windows, with some seats facing the window to enhance the viewing experience. The interior is also decorated with artificial lavender flowers.

“The weather is nice and the scenery in the countryside is spectacular,” said a 70-year-old passenger from Sapporo as he enjoyed the scenery while basking in a pleasant breeze.

The train will operate three round trips a day on weekends and public holidays until September 23, while the service will run daily from June 15 to August 12. The train slows down at scenic spots along the route, such as lavender fields.

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