Thursday, January 30, 2014

Autumn Leaves on the Kururi Line

Diesel railcar JR East KiHa E130-100 series stands at Yokota Station on the Kururi Line 
 
It is already mid-winter in Tokyo, but, there are still some autumn photos to be introduced. I am going to show you a bit more of last autumn.

Lake Kameyama is located in the southern part of Chiba Prefecture, some 60km directly southeast of Tokyo. It is known as the final reaching area of the "autumn leaves front" in the Tokyo metropolitan area. The best season to view the autumn leaves there is late November to early December.

To enjoy the best view, you should join the "autumn leaves cruise" held by local travel vendors. The majority of the beautiful spots are located on the lakeside, especially on the steep slopes by the lake. Preferable means to view these spots is by boat. Thanks to the cruise, I could visit these spots of beautiful autumn leaves one after another.

To get to the gateway of this splendid autumn leaves area, you should take the JR East Kururi Line, and get off at Kazusa-Kamayama Terminal. The Kururi Line is an important transportation route from the coastal area to the midland of Boso Peninsula. Connecting Kisarazu and Kazusa-Kameyama, the total operating length is 32.2 kilometers. The entire route is a non-electrified single track.

The main fleet of the Kururi Line is the diesel rail car, KiHa E130-100 series, which debuted in 2012. A total of 10 units have been manufactured so far by Niigata Transys. The shining stainless steel body with blue, green, and yellow colored accents makes a vivid impression on passengers.

 
Autumn colors of Lake Kameyama near Kazusa-Kameyama Station on the Kururi Line
 
More information about the diesel railcar, JR East KiHa E130 series (in Japanese):