Japan Trip 3 : JR East Joyful Train “Kenji”

JR East KiHa 58 series "Kenji"

The view is quite wide but there are pillars blocking it.

JR East KiHa 58 series "Kenji"

There aren’t many trains running on this route. Hardly to see the train from opposite side.

JR East KiHa 58 series "Kenji"

From the window you can see forests, stream, tunnels and village along the route. It’s so tranquil.

JR East KiHa 58 series "Kenji"

I had been in the train for 2 hours. Finally it reached its destination at Miyako Station.

Kenji at JR Miyako Station

Kenji didn’t leave the platform after all passenger left. So I took a good time to take its photos.

Exterior of Kenji is decorated with Iwate mascot named Wanko Kyodai. They are designed from Iwate famous dish wanko soba. Each Wanko Kyodai characters represent each areas in Iwate. (From left to right.)

  • Kokucchi represents the northern area. His motif is cereal.
  • Tofucchi represents the central area. His motif is tofu.
  • Sobacchi represents the whole area. His motif is wanko soba.
  • Omocchi represents the southern area. His motif is mochi.
  • Unicchi represents the coastal area. His motif is Unidon. (Sea urchin on rice.)

Kenji at JR Miyako Station

The last car has the same design as the first car.

JR Miyako Station

Sanriku Tetsudo station is next to JR station.

If you are  a die-hard Japanese drama fan, you will know the color of train in picture. It’s Kitta-Sanriku Tetsudo in Amachan. I will write about it later.

JR Miyako Station

There is only one gate at Miyako station. The station is looked new than I thought.

JR Miyako Station

I had to find a coin locker for keeping my bag. Unlucky there weren’t many coin lockers here and all of them had already used.

JR Miyako Station

While I thought how to do with my bag. Japanese uncle who had the same problem brought me to deposit it at ticket office nearby. So I learnt the bags can be deposited at ticket office in remote province. But I think it’s a very good idea to ask a staff if this service is available or not first.

Kenji at JR Miyako Station

Kenji photo from outside the station.

Next time I will write about going to Miyako famous attraction Jodogahama Beach by bicycle. Please look forward to it.

2 thoughts on “Japan Trip 3 : JR East Joyful Train “Kenji”

  1. SL

    Hi! This is really great. I wonder if you can add the train fare fees? I’m a fan of Amachan too. Thank you!

    Reply
    1. AT1987 Post author

      I used JR East Pass so I didn’t pay for the train fare. From what I know the train fare may be the same as JR Yamada Line from Morioka Station to Miyako Station. You can check it on Hyperdia website.

      Reply

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