Tuesday, 9 April 2013

EMU Izukyu 2100 Series, Scenic Train in Izu Peninsula

EMU Izukyu 2100 series, "Resort 21", stands at Izu-Taga Station on the JR East Ito Line

Along with Mt. Fuji and the Hakone mountains, Izu Peninsula is one of major resort areas in the Tokyo metropolitan area. Being located in the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Izu is famous for the joys of its ocean and mountains with hot springs.

To get to this resort area, Izukyu Railway is convenient. Connecting Ito and Izukyu-Shimoda, the total operating length is 45.7 kilometers. The entire route is an electrified single track. The trains on the Izukyu Line are directly operated into the JR East Ito Line to Atami and Tokyo. Ito is the gateway to the Izu Peninsula; while Shimoda is famous for being the place which opened Japan. Accepting US Commodore Perry's request, the Tokugawa Shogunate signed a treaty opening Shimoda and Hakodate ports to U.S. trade in 1854.

One of the features of trains on Izukyu Railway is its passenger services. Specifically, EMU 2100 series, "Resort 21" is quite unique. To enjoy gorgeous mountain and ocean views, sloping tiers of seats are equipped in the front of the train. The passengers can enjoy a front view through the cockpit. It is an irresistible attraction for rail fans as well as sightseers.

A total of 5 sets, 40 units of the 2100 series have been manufactured since 1985. Currently, 3 sets of the trains are still being operated on this beautiful route. EMU Izukyu 2100 series, Resort 21... it is the major attraction for visitors to Izu Peninsula.

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Front view through the cockpit window of the EMU Izukyu 2100 series, "Resort 21"

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