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岳南鉄道 Gakunan Electric Train

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Around Gotemba and Fuji
14-2, Suzukawahoncho, Fuji-shi, Shizuoka, 417-0011, Japan
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Date of post:2015/07/10

Travel on Gakunan electric train for a magnificent view of. Mt. Fuji

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Gakunan electric train is well-known to railway lovers as a railroad from which you can see Mt. Fuji from all stations. We call this railway "Gakutetsu" in a friendly manner. It is a local train with a track length of 9.2 km and 10 stations. It runs from the first station Yoshiwara, to the last Gakunan Enoo, all within the industrial area of Fuji city, Shizuoka prefecture.

Let’s trace back to its history. Gakunan electric train began operating as an industrial railway on August 5, 1936 under the name of "Nissan Heavy Industrial Railroad". After World WarⅡ, it changed to "Gakunan Railway" and recently to its present name. This railway was established to carry the products manufactured in this area. There are many paper manufacturing companies which utilize groundwater from Mt Fuji. It is thrilling that the train runs through these factories. You cannot see such a scene anywhere else in Japan.

Gakutetsu was designated as a Night View Heritage Site in Japan by the YAKEI Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2014. This is the first time in Japan for a railway to be designated including the track, train cars, and station buildings. It is thought that the nostalgic atmosphere of the night view was considered in the evaluation.

While the full route is only a 21 minute ride, there are several places to see on the Gakutetsu line. I recommend buying a 1-day pass and stopping at Yoshiwara-Honmachi station. This town doesn’t have a department store or a shopping mall, but instead has small retail shops selling sweets, vegetables, fish, meat, clothes, toys and so on. It feels like a town that stopped in the 20th century. When you are hungry, there are 25 restaurants that serve Tsuke-Napolitana spaghetti, the local specialty that each chef creates using his own recipe. Why don’t you enjoy strolling around Yoshiwara-Honmachi, with a map of restaurants in hand? If you have more time, you can visit Tagonoura port and Taketori park, the location of the old tale of Princess Kaguya.

This train company also offers various events such as "Jazz train" and "Beer train" in the summer. On the fourth Saturday night of the month, you can take a special night train which turns off its lights so that you can enjoy the night view of the illuminated factories alongside the railway, which are depicted as nightless castles. If you are interested in these events, please check the website

Yoshiwara station for the Gakunan electric train line connects to JR Yoshiwara station on the Tokaido main line.
Operation : 2 services per hour
3 services from 6:00 to 8:00 and at 18:00
4 services at 19:00
Fare: ¥360 (from the station of origin to the end)
1-day pass: ¥700 (Adult) ¥300 (child)

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