Mar. 16, 2020 UPDATE
Randen Night Train- 嵐電夜桜電車 -
Fun train ride for everyone
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Period*This event will be closed until the further notice due to the cherry tree maintenance. /Date changes yearly according to the blooming period of the blossoms.
Story & Recommendation
Ride the Randen Night Train during cherry blossom season
There is a wonderful perk when riding the Randen train during cherry blossom season. In between Narutaki Station and Utano Station, cherry blossom trees line the tracks on each side creating a tunnel-like path of cherry blossoms. We recommend you plan a destination in which Randen train can be used as transportation. Places like Ninna-ji Temple and Ryoan-ji Temple are accessible by Randen Kitano Line which the cherry blossom tunnel is located. The other line, Arashiyama-Line, will lead you to Arashiyama from Shijo Omiya. Plan your trip accordingly, and we hope that you use our information as reference.
There are two lines in which Randen train runs. The two lines, Arashiyama-Line and Kitano-Line, connect at Katabiranotsuji Station. Take the Kitano Line in order to pass through the cherry blossom tunnel. The date of full bloom changes yearly, but usually occurs around April 10th. The scenery is enjoyable during both daytime and nighttime.
During late March to early April, cherry blossom trees will be illuminated from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. In addition to the light-up, the train will also slow down through the cherry blossom tunnel for riders to fully enjoy the scene.
Don’t miss your opportunity for some cherry blossom pictures! Prepare you camera to take some pictures of cherry blossoms and scenery of Kyoto as you ride on the train.
- Manner & Tips -
Plan your destination such as Ninna-ji Temple and ride the Randen Train there. Here is a suggested example route for riding the train. How about visiting Ninna-ji Temple from Kyoto station? We recommend getting on the JR train and get off at JR Uzumasa Station. Then, get on Randen Train Kitano Line at Satsueisho-mae Station, a new station located about 250 meters away from JR Uzumasa Station. Get off at Omuro Ninna-ji Station which is located right by Nina-ji Temple. On the way to Omuro Ninna-ji Station, you will pass by the cherry blossom tunnel during your train ride. Randen Train runs every day from 6am to 12am.