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The World's Scariest Train Rides

Minami Aso Railways, Aso Valley, Japan

Courtesy of Minami Aso Railways

Minami Aso Railways, Japan

The Ride: The soaring (and occasionally smoking) peak of Mount Aso—Japan’s most active volcano—looms beside the track of this route through the southerly region of Kumamoto. Primarily a sightseeing ride for spring and summer visitors, the journey is even more arresting in early November, when the mountain’s forested foothills are ablaze in magma-hot colors.

Insider Tip: Minami Aso runs with just three cars, each carrying up to 133 passengers. If it gets cramped, detach one of the windows—fresh air does a body good at any earthly altitude.

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