Nov 22, 2010

Train Ride with a Heartful Lunch Box

Akita Inland Longitudinal Railway (Akita Nairiku Jukan Tetsudo; 秋田内陸縦貫鉄道) is a railway company that operates a single line between Kakunodate Station (角館駅) and Takanosu Station (鷹巣駅), which runs through the most untouched, scenic countryside of Akita Prefecture.

Nairiku-sen, as the locals call, promotes unique campaigns that entertain passengers with unforgettable experience. One of the most talked-about is Gottsuo Tamatebako Ressha (ごっつぉ玉手箱列車).

Gottsuo (pronounced as “Gozzo”), which is a dialect for a word ‘gochisou’, a fancy meal or a treat. Tamatebako means a treasure box. Ressha is a train.

Basically, the tour is a train ride plus a heartful lunch (boxes), whose items are brought in as the train stops at stations. All the items are home-made by the hands of ladies who live in the communities along the railroad.

The box meal can contain a various types of local delicacies such as saimyoji chestnuts, pickled vegetables, miso soup, and oyaki (baked mochi cakes). Items vary seasonally.

Because the nairiku-sen trains are mostly consisted of a single cabin, the tour welcomes only 36 passengers. Price per adult is 6,900 yen including a lunch box and a train ride, round-trip from either Kakunodate or Takanosu Station.

In previous years, this tour has been welcoming many people who seek for a unique trip that satisfies both in your eyes and belly. This can be experienced anywhere but here!

November 20th, 2010.
January 22nd, 2011.
February 26th, 2011.
March 19th, 2011.

Akita Nairiku-sen Ryoko Center (秋田内陸線旅行センター) 
TEL 0186-60-1111 FAX 0186-60-1112
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