old JR Fukuchiyama railway line hike

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The Old abandonned JR Fukuchiyama railway hike Dec 18, 2008
DURATION 2 hours

DISTANCE 6 Kilometres


START JR Namaze station local train from Osaka or

Express train to Takarazuka, change to local train

and take to next station. About 30 minutes from Osaka.

FINISH JR Takedao station

NEAREST TOWN Osaka/Kobe/Takarazuka

TIP Take a torch, flash light, or head lamp

When you think of hiking the first thing that comes to your head is hiking up mountains but this hike is quite unusual it is in fact an old railway line that was used until August 1968.

The track was abandonned to make way for a faster,more direct line. The people of Kansai have been able to use it as a hiking track ever since, even though there are signs in Japanese saying this is not a hiking track.

The hike follows the old Fukuchiyama line, passing through 7 pitch black tunnels some extremely long so bring along a torch, flash light or head lamp otherwise you will struggle to complete the hike.

The track also crosses over an original railway bridge when crossing over the beautiful river that also follows the track. The hike would be great in Summer as you would be able to have a swim on the way in the crystal clear water.

The starting point is a little difficult to find if you can't speak Japanese as there are no signs for this hike. I hope these directions can help cause it is really a great hike.

Exit JR Namaze station, turn right at the exit, go through the tunnel, turn left at the main road, walk about 400-500 metres, approximately 200 metres after the petrol station, there will be a road leading down to the river side, take this road, follow the river and it leads to the start of the track. Have fun.

By the way for people who are on a tight budget, you can do the hike in reverse and start at Takedao station which is an unmanned station, saving you some money but that would be dishonest now wouldn't it?
the old bridge and tunnel
the first tunnel
the original track
the bridge from inside the tunnel
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reikunboy says:
Roger I would be too but I had my five year old son to hold my hand...hahaha. By the way what is a spelunker
Posted on: Dec 18, 2008
ys484 says:
Nice hiking trail near a busy city...I lived in Fukuchiyama 10 yrs ago so I miss the area!
Posted on: Dec 18, 2008
vances says:
Looks like a great hike...even if you have to 'train' for it! :^)
Posted on: Dec 18, 2008
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