Shizuoka prefecture’s Day Out With Thomas train tour, which was delayed from its initial start date in May due to Corona Virus, has started up its service in late June.
The Day Out With Thomas event will continue until October 19, giving Thomas the Tank Engine fans a chance to hop aboard this iconic locomotive designed to look like the main character from long-running children’s show ‘Thomas and Friends’. The excursion takes visitors on a train ride through the Oigawa mainline from Shin-Kanaya Station to Senzu Station, with numerous activities to enjoy at both stations.
Guests aboard Thomas can take full advantage of the experience by purchasing original souvenirs from the snack cart as well as munching on Thomas-themed bento boxes, which are available at Shin-Kanaya Station.
The Day Out With Thomas event also includes appearances by Thomas’s other locomotive friends, Hiro and Percy, at the Thomas Fair, which takes place at Senzu Station. You can also tour Thomas’s Maintenance Factory at Shin-Kanaya Station, where you’ll get a closer look at how these trains are maintained and cared for.
The event is run by Oigawa Railway Co Ltd, known for its steam locomotives and tourist trains in Shizuoka prefecture, including this Thomas-themed train, launched in 2014. To prevent the spread of the Corona virus, extra safety precautions have been put in place, including fewer passengers per ride and temperature checks at the ticket gate.
Tickets can be reserved online (Japanese only) through a lottery system. Last minute tickets may be available on a first-come, first-served basis, 20 days before the boarding date. To check availability, see the event website, or call Oigawa Railways on 054 745 4112.
A round-trip ticket for an adult goes for ¥6,600 (one-way ¥3,050) and children ¥3,060 (¥1,530). For more information on the tour, visit the official website.
Source/Images: Oigawa Railway