Monday, July 11, 2016

New Colors of Mitake Tozan Railway: Part 2

Funicular "Musashi" arrives at Takimoto Station on the Mitake Tozan Railway

I am going to show you another new colored funicular on the Mitake Tozan Railway. It has a green colored "face" on the car.

Mt. Mitake (929 m above sea level) is located 50 km west of downtown Tokyo. To climb up this steep mountain, Mitake Tozan Railway is convenient. It was opened in 1934 as a funicular route. Connecting Takimoto and Mitakesan, its line length is 1,107m. The height difference between the two stations is 423.6m. The gauge size is 1,049 mm, which is quite unique. The maximum inclination of the route is 25 degrees.

In 2014, the color of the funiculars was changed in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the company. The one vehicle was changed to red and another is green. The name of the vehicles was also changed. One was changed from Aozora (blue sky) to Mitake and another was changed from Hinode (sunrise) to Musashi (old name of Tokyo and Saitama Prefecture). One car can accommodate 115 passengers.

To visit Mt. Mitake, please take the JR East Ome Line, and get off at Mitake Station. It then takes 10 minutes by bus to Takimoto Station on the Mitake Tozan Railway. The operating interval of the funicular is every 15 to 30 minutes depending on the congestion situation. Travel time between Takimoto and Mitakesan stations is 6 minutes.

I wish to visit Mt. Mitake again at the weekend to escape from the hot and humid city. It will be a paradise for the city dwellers.

The track of Mitake Tozan Railway