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SAKUBI-SAKURA Tourism Train
~ Exquisite journeys around the northern area of Okayama Prefecture ~

The SAKUBI SAKURA is a unique tourism train bound for the northern area of Okayama Prefecture, operated between Okayama and Tsuyama stations. Easing back in a car dressed in special images of cherry trees in full bloom, riders savor exquisite scenery from the windows, delectable Okayama cuisine prepared exclusively for the train and other exclusive pleasures. A distinctive invitation to experience the three renowned hot spring resorts of Yunogo , Yuhara and Okutsu ( Mimasakasanto ), lovely cherry blossom viewing sites and other rich natural settings for which this region of Okayama is celebrated.

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Invitation to exquisite travel, warming in both body and heart.

The northern area of Okayama Prefecture kindles the travel spirit with the three renowned hot springs of Yunogo, Yuhara and Okutsu, scenic cherry blossom viewing sites and other rich natural settings. Travelers are invited to savor the delectable produce, thriving culture, rich tradition and generous hospitality emerging from this wonderful setting. Guarantee to charm the body and heart alike.

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The “Three Saku”
Key to cherished memories of Northern Okayama

The SAKUBI-SAKURA name was selected from over 500 ideas submitted from throughout Japan. In Japanese, the word “saku” can mean “create” (as in beauty or pleasure), “bloom” (smiles and flowers) or “quest” (to relish the beauty and pleasures of the region). The name also provides a delightful match with the light pink hue of the train itself.

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Design embellished with images of
hot springs and the travel spirit

The front logo depicts “packaging” of the great gift of travel. The gentle curves of the surrounding ribbons convey the elegance and inspiration of sophisticated journeys. The car exterior design reflects the healing powers of hot springs and hospitality. Our light pink color scheme suggests the many famous cherry blossom viewing spots in the north of Okayama, further complemented with petals of other seasonable flowers caressed away by the winds. Air-bound petals embrace the hearts of travelers, adding an intriguing touch to the towns, people and sightseeing attractions along the route.

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Interior color scheme conjuring up images of the plush natural setting
in the northern area of Okayama Prefecture.

The interior is based on green, brown and other composed colors, aimed at further complimenting the mountains, forests and other natural splendors in the north of Okayama. To help travelers relax and enjoy the foods and beverages available during their trip, all seats are equipped with tables.

Rates

In addition to tickets (1,170 yen for adults, 580 yen for children), local train reserved seats (530 yen for adults, 260 yen for children) must also be purchased (one-way prices between Okayama Station and Tsuyama Station).

Service Route and Schedule

The SAKUBI-SAKURA operates on the Tsuyama Line (between Okayama Station and Tsuyama Station).

[Service is available from March 31 (Friday) to September 30 (Saturday), 2023]

Limited to one roundtrip daily on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as May 3 (Wednesday), May 4 (Thursday) and May 5 (Friday).

* The train stops for several minutes at stopover stations. This allows passengers to exit and photograph the car from the platform, explore the station buildings and otherwise appreciate their journey.
* Reserved seat tickets are not available on limited routes between specific stopover stations.
* In the event of train delays and other circumstances, it may be impossible for passengers to exit at stopover stations.

Stopover Station Profiles

The service schedule has been revised to allow riders to exit the train at certain stopover stations. This provides time to take photos of the car and explore the station building. Along certain stretches, meanwhile, the train slows down for greater enjoyment of scenic views from the train windows.

Makiyama Station (Okayama City)
Riders are greeted by a majestic natural setting nestled between the mountains and river.

Fukuwatari Station (Okayama City)
The station signboard portrays an auspicious image of the Seven Gods of Good Luck.

Yuge Station (Kume-Minami Town)
Bask in the one of Okayama Prefecture’s oldest wooden station buildings. Many senryu(comic haiku) verses are posted in the station and surrounding area.

Kamenoko(Tortoise Shell) Station (Misaki Town)
This tortoise - shaped station building stands out for its large scale and breathtaking presence

Service Dates

Onboard Service

Train attendants furnish information about the local areas along the line and otherwise help enhance the travel experience. All passengers may purchase special box lunches and sweets, as well as souvenirs of the surrounding region to better convey the local charms.
* The details of this service differ by each train.

Meals and Local Souvenirs

Okayama Mimasaka Pressed Sushi
Special Box Lunch
Supervised by Hotel Granvia Okayama,
prepared by Azuma Sushi Restaurant

Passengers may relish a special box lunch of “Okayama Barazushi” – a dish prepared with a generous range of ingredients steeped in the Okayama tradition.
* Served with tea
* Available on the No. 2 trains departing from Okayama Station

Northern Okayama Irodori Chirashi Sushi
Special Box Lunch
Supervised by Chef Terada, prepared
by Okayama Table TERRA

Rooted in the concept of “beauty from within,” this sushi dish is the brainchild of Italian cuisine chef Makio Terada. Diners enjoy a deluxe box lunch prepared from premier local ingredients.
* Served with tea
* Available on the No. 1 trains departing from Tsuyama Station

Okayama Sweets Set / Supplied by STYLE fresh tart shop

Guests enjoy an original sweets combination prepared by STYLE – a popular confection shop revered for its “fruit mini tarts.”
* Served with drink.
* Available on the No. 2 trains departing from Okayama Station

Bookings

From 10:00 a.m. one month to seven days prior to the riding date

How to Reserve

Purchase tickets needed to ride the SAKUBI-SAKURA (regular tickets and reserved seats). Order on the “tabiwa by WESTER” booking service up to seven days in advance.(Japanese Only)

* These delicacies are not available at stations, major nationwide travel companies or other sources.

Handy sets of dining and one-way tickets between Okayama and Tsuyama are available in limited volume for each train. Order on the “tabiwa by WESTER” travel service.

Rates

[Service is available from March 31 (Friday) to September 30 (Saturday), 2023]

* Meal contents are the same for both adults and children.

Book your dining tickets here!(Japanese Only)

Tickets sold by tabiwa by WESTER are honored when shown on smartphone screens. Paper-printed versions are not accepted. For further details, please refer to tabiwa by WESTER frequently asked questions list.

* All images are presented for explanatory purposes.
* This information is current as of March 2023.

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