Hozukyo torokko station. Sagano scenic railway on romantic train. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel blog

 

So all the train stations on the Sagano scenic railway line are “Torokko” stations, and the Hozukyo Torokko station is one of those stations!

So, there’s a Hozukyo Torokko station and there’s a Hozukyo JR station and they are at slightly different locations.

 

If you’re looking for some time away from the crowds in Arashiyama and Kyoto, stopping by Hozukyo station can make for a nice walk in the mountains!

 

If you want to take the Sagano scenic train, the best places to get on the train would be at the Torokko stations of Saga, Arashiyama, or Kameoka. These all have JR train stations nearby for easy access.

A visit to the Hozukyo station isn’t an ideal boarding station for the scenic train, but it just makes for a nice detour.

 

Hozukyo station as part of one day Kyoto itinerary

I went to the Hozukyo Torokko Station as a part of my one day in Arashiyama and Sagano:

 

I didn’t actually board the scenic train from the Hozukyo Torokko station, or get off at it, but I did make a separate visit there. I got there by walking from the Hozukyo JR station.

 

This is what the Hozukyo station part of my itinerary looked like:

  • JR train from Kyoto station to Hozukyo station
  • Walk from Hozukyo JR station to Hozukyo Torokko station
  • Watch Sagano scenic train pass through Hozukyo Torokko station
  • On the walk back to Hozukyo JR station, stopped by Hozugawa River for a short break
  • Walk to Hozukyo JR station
  • JR train from Hozukyo station to Umahori station to take the Sagano scenic train to Arashiyama

In simple terms – I went from Kyoto station to the Kameoka Torokko station to get on the scenic train, but first with a stop at Hozukyo station along the way!

 

 

So…

Here’s a bit of what my day looked like around Hozukyo Station!

 

JR train from Kyoto station to Hozukyo Station

To get to any of the train stations on the Sagano scenic railway, you can take a JR train.

There are signs that tell you which platform to go to for the Saga-Arashiyama bound train.

Then, get on that train, and get off at Hozukyo station!

This will be about a 20 minute train ride.

 

Hozukyo torokko station: Kyoto station to hozukyo station with jr pass on jr train to Saga-Arashiyama on Sagano line. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Hozukyo torokko station: Kyoto station to hozukyo station with jr pass on jr train to Saga-Arashiyama on Sagano line. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Hozukyo torokko station: Kyoto station to hozukyo station with jr pass on jr train to Saga-Arashiyama on Sagano line. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Hozukyo JR Station

Hozukyo JR train station. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Hozukyo jr station with sagano scenic railway romantic train on hozugawa river with rafting or kayaking. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Walk from Hozukyo JR station to Hozukyo Torokko station

Once you’ve made it to the Hozukyo JR station, you can start walking towards the Hozukyo Torokko station.

The roads are narrow and there may be cars coming through, so it’s important to be careful when you’re walking and be mindful of the sounds of vehicles that may be approaching.

This will be about a 15-20 minute walk.

 

Hozukyo JR station bridge above Hozugawa river. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Hozukyo torokko station. Walk from Hozukyo JR station to torokko station on sagano scenic railway. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Hozukyo JR train station - Hozugawa River. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Hozukyo torokko station. Walk from Hozukyo JR station to torokko station on sagano scenic railway. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Bridge to Hozukyo Torokko station

Hozukyo torokko station bridge over Hozugawa River. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Hozukyo torokko station bridge over Hozugawa River. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Hozukyo torokko station bridge walk. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Hozukyo torokko station bridge walk on hozugawa river. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Hozukyo Torokko Station

Hozukyo torokko station on hozugawa river. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Hozukyo torokko station. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Hozukyo torokko station tanuki. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Hozukyo torokko station tanuki. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Hozukyo torokko station. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Hozukyo torokko station sagano scenic romantic train to arashiyama along hozugawa river. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Watch Sagano scenic train pass through Hozukyo Torokko station

Right before you get to the Hozukyo Torokko Station, there’s a sign with the train timings.

This will tell you what time the next Sagano scenic train will be passing through.

Then you can decide if you want to stick around for the next train to come!

You could get on the train from here, but to do that you’ll just have to make sure you buy tickets ahead of time.

This doesn’t appear to be a manned train station and you don’t buy the Sagano train tickets from a machine, so I don’t think there’s any way to buy tickets when at the Torokko Station.

 

Hozukyo torokko station sagano scenic romantic train timings. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Hozukyo torokko station sagano scenic romantic train to arashiyama along hozugawa river. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Hozukyo torokko station sagano scenic romantic train to arashiyama along hozugawa river. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Hozukyo torokko station sagano scenic romantic train to Arashiyama. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Hozugawa River picnic

Once the train passes, you can head back to the Hozukyo JR train station.

And you can also make a slight detour by heading down to Hozugawa River!

In the morning before you leave for Arashiyama and Sagano, you can stop by a convenience store to stock up on snacks and food… and drinks!

Then you’ll be able to have a picnic right along Hozugawa River!

 

Along the side of the road between the two Hozukyo stations, you can find a small opening.

It’s here that you can find (steep!) stairs.

Go down at your own risk!

It’s probably best not to take these stairs if it’s been raining, as it could be slippery and dangerous.

 

Hozukyo torokko station. Walk to Hozugawa river road. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Hozukyo torokko station. Walk to Hozugawa river stairs. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Hozukyo torokko station. Walk to Hozugawa river. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Hozukyo torokko station. Walk to Hozugawa river. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Walk back to Hozukyo JR station

Hozukyo torokko station. Walk from Hozukyo JR station to torokko station on sagano scenic railway - scooter, motorbike. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Hozukyo torokko station. Walk from Hozukyo JR station to torokko station on sagano scenic railway - scooter, motorbike. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Hozukyo JR train station - How to get there from Hozukyo torokko station. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Hozukyo to Umahori train

And then next up was getting to the Kameoka Torokko train station to board the Sagano scenic train to Arashiyama!

This meant taking a JR train from Hozukyo to the Umahori train station.

 

Hozukyo station JR train timings

Hozukyo station JR train timings - Saga Arashiyama to Umahori to get to kameoka torokko train station. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

Hozukyo JR train station. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Hozukyo jr station to sagano scenic railway romantic train. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

Once at the Umahori station, it was about a 10 minute walk to get to the Kameoka Torokko station.

 

Hozukyo station to sagano scenic railway romantic train on hozugawa river. Walk from umahori to kameoka torokko station. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

That’s where I bought a train ticket to Arashiyama on the Sagano scenic train! (aka Sagano romantic train)

 

Hozukyo station to sagano scenic railway romantic train on hozugawa river. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

HAPPY HOZUKYO STATION VISIT!

 

 

Use this Kyoto tourist map to plan out your 5 days in Kyoto with the Sagano scenic train!

 

 



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