There’s something about a scenic train ride through the snow that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
But there’s one scenic train ride that’s sure to warm you up in the wintertime more than any other: a ride on a classic stove train through the wintry farmlands of Japan — all while sipping sake.
According to CNN, this historic “stove train,” operated by the Tsugaru Railway Line, takes three journeys daily beginning at 9:30 a.m. from the Tsugaru Goshogawara station in Goshogawara, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. The 45-minute ride takes you through a practically magical, wintry landscape, past villages and farmlands that seem to be frozen with snow.
In fact, according to Insider, nearby Aomori City is the snowiest city in the world. Luckily, the 1950’s era train is equipped with potbelly stoves to provide some much needed warmth to the cars.
But there’s more to enjoy besides the view. On the train, riders can sample local food, including grilled squid and, of course, delicious, local sake. At the end of the journey, riders can get off at Tsugaru Nakazato station for a short respite before boarding again and heading back to their original destination.
According to the Japan Times, the journey from Goshogawara to Nakazato is only about 20 kilometers (about 12 miles), making it a short but sweet trip. The snowy journey runs between December and March, and tickets only cost $11 (1,250 Yen).
For more information on taking a train ride can be found on the Tsugaru tourism website.