Oykot

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Iikawa Iisora Iiyama Line
Hometown trip to return to that day

Hometown of the Japanese heart

Along the Chikuma River (Shinano River), the Iiyama Line is lined with idyllic rural landscapes such as satoyama (satoyama), fields, and houses. As a local line that represents the "hometown of the Japanese heart", it is a new concept train that imagines the desire to provide peace and healing to all visitors.

Oikotto

In order to make it familiar to a wide range of customers, we have named it "Oikotto Atendant" in hiragana, along with the name of the vehicle.
*"Oikotto Atendant" may not be on board. In that case, on-board sales will also be cancelled.

A train on the opposite side of Tokyo

In order to convey the image of the hometown (countryside) that Japanese people envision, such as rural scenery, rivers, and mountains, we reversed the English notation TOKYO and expressed it in hiragana as "Oikotto" in the sense that it is the exact opposite of Tokyo. . By expressing it in hiragana, we made it accessible to a wide range of people.

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Route Map
Debut year
April 2015
Service area
Shinano Railway North Shinano Line/Iiyama Line Between Nagano Station and Tokamachi Station

Travel Guide

In various places along the line where Oikotto runs
We will introduce recommended spots.

Oikot service route map
  • Spot along the line 1: Tatsuyuki Takano Memorial Museum
  • Spot along the line 2: Temple Tour
  • Spot along the line 3: Nozawa Onsen
  • Spot along the line 4: Maguse Onsen
  • Spot along the line 5: Mayumi Takahashi Doll Museum
  • Spot along the line 6: Akiyamago
  • Spot along the line 7: Himawari Square
  • Spot along the line 8: Echigo-Tsumari Exchange Center KINARE
  • Spot 9 along the line: Chikuma River and Mt. Kosha
  • Spot along the line 10: Hegisoba
  • Spot along the line 11: Couple Dosojin
  • Spot 12 along the line: JR Japan's highest snowfall point
Photo: Tatsuyuki Takano Memorial Museum
Tatsuyuki Takano Memorial Museum
Photo: Tatsuyuki Takano Memorial Museum

Tatsuyuki Takano Memorial Museum

Tatsuyuki Takano, who wrote songs such as "Furusato", "Momiji" and "Oborozukiyo", is from Nakano City along the line. The interior and exterior of Oikotto are scattered with marks of rabbits, mountains, and rivers in the lyrics of "Furusato". Valuable materials are displayed in the memorial hall.

Access
About 10 minutes by bus from Kaesa Station, about 1 minute on foot after getting off
Photo: Temple tour
Temple tour
Photo: Temple tour

Temple tour

Iiyama City is known as the "Town of Temples". There are over 20 temples in the city. Around Iiyama Station, you can visit temples and visit the Seven Lucky Gods.

Photo: Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen
Photo: Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa Onsen is a place where you can enjoy the atmosphere of a hot spring town and 13 outdoor baths with 100% natural hot springs. "Oyu" in the center of the hot spring town is the symbol of Nozawa Onsen. The beautiful bathhouse architecture is eye-catching.

Access
About 25 minutes by bus from Iiyama Station
Photo: Maguse Hot Spring
Maguse Hot Spring
Photo: Maguse Hot Spring

Maguse Hot Spring

Maguse Onsen is located in the upper reaches of the Maguse River in Kijimadaira Village. On clear days, you can see all the way to the Northern Alps. A relaxing hot spring.

Access
About 20 minutes by taxi from Iiyama Station
Photo: Mayumi Takahashi Doll Museum
Mayumi Takahashi Doll Museum
Photo: Mayumi Takahashi Doll Museum

Mayumi Takahashi Doll Museum

The Mayumi Takahashi Doll Museum, famous for dolls that express the warmth and kindness of the locals, is one of Iiyama's tourist attractions.

Access
About 5 minutes on foot from Kita-Iiyama Station
Photo: Akiyamago
Akiyamago
Photo: Akiyamago

Akiyamago

Akiyama-go is a general term for 13 villages scattered along the Nakatsu River between Mt. Naeba and Mt. Toriko. Known as an unexplored region where the legend of the Heike no Ochudo has been handed down, it retains its own unique culture.
It is also known for hunting and slash-and-burn farming, and you can see the materials in the folklore reference room "Tonenbo".

Access
Bus transfer from Tsunan Station
*Because the number of trains is limited, please pay attention to the operating period and operating hours.
Photo: Sunflower Square
Sunflower Square
Photo: Sunflower Square

Sunflower Square

Speaking of summer in Tsunan Town, sunflowers are famous. Sunflower Square is a place where you can enjoy the sunflowers spreading all over. The sight of the large sunflowers in full bloom is a sight to behold.
*The best time to see the flowers is from late July to mid-August. Please pay attention to the opening period.

Access
About 15 minutes by taxi from Tsunan Station
Photo: Echigo-Tsumari Exchange Center KINARE
Echigo-Tsumari Exchange Center KINARE
Photo: Echigo-Tsumari Exchange Center KINARE

Echigo-Tsumari Exchange Center KINARE

The Echigo-Tsumari Exchange Center KINARE is the main stage of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale held every three years.
On the 1st floor, there is a bathing facility with an open bathroom and rest room, and on the 2nd floor, you can appreciate contemporary art from Japan and abroad at the Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art [KINARE].

Access
About 10 minutes on foot from Tokamachi Station
Photo: Chikuma River and Mt. Kosha
Chikuma River and Mt. Kosha
Photo: Chikuma River and Mt. Kosha

Chikuma River and Mt. Kosha

Between Kaesa and Iiyama, there is a view point where you can see Mt. Kosha and the Chikuma River. There are many sections that run parallel to the Chikuma River between Togari Nozawa Onsen, Morimiya Nohara, and Tsunan, so you can leisurely enjoy the view of the Chikuma River (Shinano River).

Photo: Hegisoba
Hegisoba
Photo: Hegisoba

Hegisoba

You can enjoy Hegisoba, a local dish from the Uonuma region of Niigata Prefecture, which uses funori seaweed as a binding agent, near Tokamachi Station.

Photo: Couple Dosojin
Couple Dosojin
Photo: Couple Dosojin

Couple Dosojin

On the platform of Togari-Nozawa Onsen Station, there is a statue of a married couple.
It is said to be the god of marriage and children. (The bus will stop for about 3 minutes on the return trip.)

Photo: JR Japan's highest snowfall point
JR Japan's highest snowfall point
Photo: JR Japan's highest snowfall point

JR Japan's highest snowfall point

In 1945, a heavy snowfall of 7.85m was observed near Morimiyanohara Station, the highest snowfall in Japan on a JR line. The sign is erected right next to the station. (The outbound bus will stop for about 13 minutes.)

Train Details

The exterior design is inspired by the fusuma and shoji screens of a private house with a thatched roof, reminiscent of a hometown or grandma's house. Also, the song "Furusato" (Lyrics: Tatsuyuki Takano: I was born in Nakano City, Nagano Prefecture.

Origin of the name

As a train that runs on the Iiyama Line, which can be said to be a local line that represents the hometown of the Japanese heart, the concept is to provide peace and healing to all visitors.
In order to convey the image of the hometown (countryside) that Japanese people envision, such as rural landscapes, rivers, and mountains, the English notation of TOKYO is reversed (OYKOT) in the sense that it is the exact opposite of Tokyo, so that a wide range of people can be familiar with it. "Oikotto" was expressed in hiragana.

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Car interior

exterior

The exterior design is inspired by the fusuma and shoji screens of a private house with a thatched roof, reminiscent of a hometown or grandma's house. Also, the song "Furusato" (Lyrics: Tatsuyuki Takano: I was born in Nakano City, Nagano Prefecture.

Interior

The interior design is like an old private house that makes you feel nostalgic and fun.

Car layout

Make the most of your train ride

In addition to enjoying the tranquil countryside scenery from the train windows, passengers can take in [Japan’s Heartland] through various on-board events.

* Nozawana pickles are not distributed.

Hospitality

Behavior on the train or at Iiyama Station

・Hands-on rice balls using Kijima square rice (one per person)
・Sake tasting at sake breweries in Iiyama city
・Nakano City Apple Juice Behavior

  • *Omotenashi will be one of them.
  • *Omotenashi is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

About the attendant

We will help you with your trip, such as sightseeing announcements on the train, guidance along the railway line, and taking commemorative photos.
Attendants will also carry out in-car sales. Some of the products we handle are related to the local area. There will also be sales of Oikotto original products.

About the name of the attendant "Oikotto Atendant"

In order to make it familiar to a wide range of customers, we have named it "Oikotto Atendant" in hiragana, along with the name of the vehicle.

  • *"Oikotto Atendant" may not be on board. In that case, on-board sales will also be cancelled.

Narration

Narration by Fujio Tsuneda

Inside the Oikotto train, there is a narration by the late Fujio Tsuneda, who was born in Kijimadaira village along the line. The familiar voice of "Manga Nihon Mukashibanashi" is perfect for the atmosphere of Oikotto. Please enjoy it.

Tsuneda Fujio

Born in Shimotakai District, Nagano Prefecture (now Kijimadaira Village). Appeared in many famous stage performances, including theater activities. He has also worked as a filmmaker, narrator, and reporter. For many years he worked as a voice actor for the anime "Manga Nihon Mukashibanashi".

Providing sightseeing information along the railway lines

On the in-vehicle monitor, we will broadcast sightseeing information along the line. Take in the sights of the local area from the comfort of your vehicle.

On-board events

Inside the train, local people talk, play musical instruments, and provide information along the route.

  • *Event details and event implementation sections vary depending on the day of operation.
  • *In-car events may be canceled due to circumstances.
Station event
Oikot Marche

At Iiyama Station, you can shop for local food and local products.

Commemorative ride
Commemorative photo

We will prepare an original commemorative photo board in the car. You can also take a picture wearing the "sugeboshi" (also known as a straw hat or straw hood) worn by a character inspired by Oikotto's "Yukinko".
The "Sugeboshi" inside the train is handmade in Tsunan Town along the line.

Uchiyama Paper Oikotto Original Bookmark

On the return trip (Tokamachi→Nagano), we will hand out one Oikotto original bookmark made of Uchiyama paper, a local handicraft, to each passenger.

Timetable & Calendar

How to Board

Package Summary

All seats in "Oikotto" are reserved (non-smoking).
Please purchase a seat ticket in advance.
(If you use a JR East Rail Pass such as JR EAST PASS, you can make a seat reservation without paying an additional fee. Please make a reservation for a reserved seat (free of charge) at the sales location.)

Sale Price

Reserved seat ticket (regular season)
Adult 530 yen
Children 260 yen

  • Seat reservations are available from 10:00 one month before the departure date at the ticket offices (Midori-no-Madoguchi) or reserved seat ticket vending machine of key stations, or from the JR-East Train Reservation website. (*Reserved seat ticket vending machines open at 10:10 a.m.)
  • If you use a JR East Rail Pass such as JR EAST PASS, you can make a seat reservation without paying an additional fee. Please make a seat reservation (free of charge) at the place of sale.

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