While most travellers to Japan flock to the Golden Route, one of the country’s best-kept secrets may be Shikoku, with its pristine wilderness and historical spots. And one of the best ways to explore Shikoku is by train, especially sightseeing trains that feature extra comfort and hospitality and take you to the places you shouldn’t miss. Let us introduce you to this sightseeing train called “Shikoku Mannaka Sennen Monogatari”. The name might be a little bit of a tongue twister, but don’t just give up yet until we introduce the luxury train journey!
With the concept of “excursion for grown-ups”, the train offers a unique experience where you can enjoy Shikoku’s picturesque scenery and the exquisite dishes and drinks using local ingredients over a relaxing two-and-a-half-hour journey. Scenic highlights include the beautiful emerald colour of the Yoshino River and the impressive natural sculpture of the Koboke and Oboke Gorge valleys. Carefully prepared meals by renowned chefs of the region will surely add delight to the journey. The train interior is as stunning as the view, as each train car expresses the essence of the changing seasons of Japan in a cosy atmosphere.
Even more impressive than the train is the hospitality of the attendants and the local people. “Ichigo-ichie” (one chance, one meeting) is a phrase that the Japanese often use to cherish each encounter. To make your journey more memorable, the attendants deliver exceptional service, and the locals will even greet you at each stop along the way.
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Kintetsu International Express (Oceania) is an ATAS accredited travel agent in Australia, a member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents. In Australia, we specialise in arranging Corporate and Group Travel for businesses, schools, religious groups and cultural organisations. We have Travel Centres in Sydney and Melbourne serving our Australian customers and offices in Cairns, Gold Coast and Auckland handling Japanese inbound tours. We are also an authorised travel agent to sell Japan Rail Pass and Kintetsu Rail Pass in Australia
Kintetsu International belongs to the travel arm of the Kintetsu Group, a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate which operates a major Japanese rail system, bus & freight forwarding companies, department stores, restaurants & hotel chains. We have more than 150 offices in Japan and more than 40 overseas offices worldwide. Utilising our global network, we guide our customers to every location around the globe with quality and dependable services.