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Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko Train Season Begins in Hokkaido; Scenic delights await passengers on a 35th anniversary voyage

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Passengers on the Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko train enjoy the beautiful scenery of the wetlands along the Kushiro River in Hokkaido on April 27.

KUSHIRO, Hokkaido – The Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko Train, a tourist train on the JR Senmo Line that runs through the Kushiro Wetland, started its seasonal run on April 27. The first train departed that day from Kushiro Station in Kushiro, Hokkaido, and traveled the 27.2 kilometer route to Toro Station in Shibecha, Hokkaido, in about 50 minutes. The train slowed down at a scenic spot along the Kushiro River, allowing passengers to enjoy the beautiful scenery and feel the breeze.

“My daughter said she really wanted to see the wetlands, so we decided to take the train. We were lucky to be able to ride on opening day. It was amazing to see the beautiful scenery,” said a 43-year-old man from Kobe who was there with his family.

His 9-year-old daughter said, “It’s so exciting to see the skunk cabbage and the Ezo deer!”

The tourist train, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, has carried 2.15 million passengers since it began operating in 1989. The seasonal tourist train runs until October 6. Special events will take place on certain days, such as sunset rides, allowing passengers to see the beautifully colored skies above the wetlands.

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