Hakodate’s squid-fishing lights visible from the train window as South Hokkaido Railway’s nighttime-view service begins

Hakodate’s squid-fishing lights visible from the train window as South Hokkaido Railway’s nighttime-view service begins

On November 12, the Donan Isaribi Tetsudo (South Hokkaido Railway) began operating a ‘nighttime view train’ service on which the train’s interior lights are dimmed to allow passengers to enjoy the nighttime view from the windows of the train. Passengers were able to see the city of Hakodate across the sea, as well as the lights of the squid fishing boats.

The train has operated during this season every year since 2016. On the service bound for Kikonai, which departed from Hakodate at 4:24 p.m. on the day of operation, the lighting in the second carriage was changed from fluorescent lights to small light bulbs, between the Kamiiso (Hokuto City) and Kikonai stations.

On the first day of operation, approximately 10 passengers boarded the second carriage. When the lights were dimmed after the train departed from Kamiiso, they were able to enjoy the view from the windows of the train.

A male company employee from Tokyo, who was riding with a friend, opened the train window. “The scenery was the same as the design on the ‘Nagamare-go’ train. I was very impressed by the beautiful nighttime view,” he said with a smile.

In November, the services will operate every Friday as well as on the 23rd; in December, every Friday and Sunday until the 17th, and then every day from the 19th to the 24th. Regular fares apply. Commemorative cards are distributed between Kamiiso and Moheji.

Location

Kamiiso Station

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