Flower lovers and photographers can climb aboard a special Hakone Tozan Railway Co. night train again to enjoy views of illuminated clusters of colorful hydrangeas in Hakone.
The railway resumed temporary train service on June 23 along the mountainside in Hakone, one of the nation’s most renowned tourist destinations in Kanagawa Prefecture.
The service by Yoru no Ajisa-go (hydrangeas of night) will run through July 16, providing passengers with a spectacular view of about 10,000 hydrangeas in varying hues along the 8.9-kilometer uphill route. The plants are lit up at night in six locations.
Two round-trip trains are available in the evening from Hakone-Yumoto Station, gateway to Hakone, to Gora Station, the last stop of the railway. They will traverse the route slowly to give riders a long and memorable look. The ride from Hakone-Yumoto Station to Gora Station takes about 50 minutes.
Hydrangeas will be at their best through late July, starting from the blossoms near Hakone-Yumoto, which reach full bloom first, and then in ascending elevation to fields near Gora Station, which is 445 meters higher.
The illumination of hydrangeas was canceled last year due to energy-saving efforts in the wake of the accident at the No. 1 Fukushima nuclear power plant.
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