There are several seasonal trains that run at different parts of Hokkaido at different times of the year. When I was there in Winter, there were 3 popular sightseeing trains: Okhotsk-No-Kaze, Ryuhyo-Norokko and SL Fuyu-No-Shitsugen Trains.
We spent one day travelling from Sapporo to Shiretoko using the Okhotsk-No-Kaze and Ryuhyuo-Norokko trains. The entire trip was covered by our Hokkaido Rail Pass.
We started early in the morning, catching the Okhotsk-No-Kaze from Sapporo station to Abashiri.
The Okhotsk-No-Kaze train had a lounge in the middle, where you could get your souvenir chop and send a postcard from inside the train!
There was a pamphlet that had spaces for you to chop the souvenir chops of the 3 seasonal trains.
There was also a Okhotsk-No-Kaze postcard which you can help yourself too, it’s free!
We arrived at Abashiri station and walked around a bit while waiting for the Ryuhyo Norokko train.
We did not forget to get our souvenir stamp from Abashiri station.
The Norokko train arrived and the two seasonal trains were parked next to each other!
We hurried down to take some photos with the Norokko train before boarding.
The interior of the train was pretty old-school, with wooden benches, some of which facing the windows.
There were furnaces and grills for passengers to grill food, so we bought a dried squid and to grill!
As the train travelled along the Okhotsk sea, we saw drift ice!
When the train reached Kitahama, everyone hopped off the train. The train stopped there for a quite a while, and there was a viewing platform from which we could view the Okhotsk sea and the surrounding mountains.
We hopped back on the train towards our final destination: Shiretoko-shari
We walked briefly around the station before catching the train back to Sapporo.
And there is our return train: A ONE-CARRIAGE train!
And we ended the day with the long, quiet train ride back to Sapporo, once again passing by the Okhotsk sea covered with beautiful drift ice.
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