JOYFUL TRAINS

SL Ginga

Service interval: Hanamaki to Kamaishi on the Kamaishi Line

  • SL Ginga
  • SL Ginga

A restored C58 239 locomotive, the SL Ginga operates between Hanamaki and Kamaishi on the Kamaishi Line. The passenger cars are a production in themselves, decorated to bring Kenji Miyazawa's "Night on the Galactic Railroad" to life. With the Kamaishi Line as its stage, the SL Ginga expresses the worldview, atmosphere and era of Miyazawa, while emanating the culture, natural beauty and scenery of the Tohoku area.

Go inside with Google Street View

Go inside with Google Street View

Car interior

Car interior

Step back into time to the early twentieth century when Kenji Miyazawa lived. With illumination reminiscent of gas lamps, stained glass windows and astrological partitions, enjoy the extraordinary at your leisure in the soft light and cozy compartment-like cars.

Car interior

Galleries

The Kenji Miyazawa Galleries are created around three themes to bring Miyazawa's world to life from multiple perspectives. The exhibits include a variety of objects associated with the rail line and the Tohoku area that Miyazawa cherished and held dear.

Galleries

Planetarium

In car number one is an exhibit dedicated to the moon, the planets and beyond. It is the first optical planetarium to ever be located in a train. The planetarium has a uniquely designed show for the enjoyment of passengers.

Planetarium

Car layout

  • Hanamaki
  • Kamaishi
  • Car no.1 The Solar System and Star Museum/Planetarium, the Ginga Collection (railway art exhibition) Galleries
  • Car no.2 Kenji Miyazawa Gallery (Ihatov and Miyazawa) and Library Car
  • Car no.3 Kenji Miyazawa Gallery (Social Design and Miyazawa), Night on the Galactic Railroad Gallery Car
  • Car no.4 Miyazawa Gallery (Miyazawa the Artist) and SL Gallery Car
  • Car no.1 The Solar System and Star Museum/Planetarium, the Ginga Collection (railway art exhibition) Galleries
  • Car no.2 Kenji Miyazawa Gallery (Ihatov and Miyazawa) and Library Car
  • Car no.3 Kenji Miyazawa Gallery (Social Design and Miyazawa), Night on the Galactic Railroad Gallery Car
  • Car no.4 Miyazawa Gallery (Miyazawa the Artist) and SL Gallery Car

Regular stops

Regular stops

Operating schedule

How to purchase

Tickets for the SL Ginga are not available for sale outside of Japan. There are multiple ways to purchase tickets as follows.

View Travel Package:
Available for sale at JR EAST Travel Service Centers at Tokyo, Shinjuku and other stations, as well as at your nearby Travel Service Centers (View Plaza).
Passes:
Purchase a pass that is for foreign visitors to Japan and covers the travel area. Recommended passes when visiting Japan
Tickets:
Available for sale at JR EAST Travel Service Centers and your local JR Ticket Office (Midori-no-madoguchi).

Note: Not all services are available on certain trains when boarding with a pass or a ticket.