• Spring
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  • The largest train window in Japan
  • Enjoy the fine dining with beautiful sea view
  • Japanese dining served by Shioji
  • Setsugekka in winter


A scenic train ride along the mountains and the coast

The train Setsugekka is a luxurious train runs between Itoigawa station and Joetsu-Myoko Station, which pass under Mt. Myoko and along the Sea of Japan. The train only runs on weekends and public holidays, two trips per day. Each trip takes around 3 hours. Make sure to make reservation in advance!

The name Setsugekka is a combination of 3 Chinese characters for “snow”, “moon” and “flower” means good views through all the seasons. The eye-catching crimson train with golden interior featured the largest train window in Japan, provides you a resort-like train ride experience. The design and most of the items in the train are all made in Niigata prefecture, which is the basic concept behind the train that it be a local train.

Besides the superb scenery, you can also enjoy the fine dining designed by the local expert chefs. There are four different menus using the seasonal ingredients of the area. Check their menu of the day on their website!

The train also stops at Tsutsuishi station, Naoetsu station, Myokokogen station and Nihongi station for a while along the journey. You can get off at these stations to do some sightseeing and buy souvenirs for your loved one.

Check here for more details and reservations.

Image provided by Echigo Tokimeki Railway