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:
- Hozukyo station
- Sagano scenic train
- Okochi Sanso Garden (+ teahouse)
- Arashiyama bamboo forest
- Tenryuji Temple
- Togetsukyo Bridge
- Arashiyama monkey park
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!
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 JR Station
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.
Bridge to Hozukyo Torokko station
Hozukyo Torokko Station
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.
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.
Walk back to Hozukyo JR station
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
Once at the Umahori station, it was about a 10 minute walk to get to the Kameoka Torokko station.
That’s where I bought a train ticket to Arashiyama on the Sagano scenic train! (aka Sagano romantic train)
HAPPY HOZUKYO STATION VISIT!
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There's an online train ticket booking method that's popular for other parts of Asia, and they are just now branching out to Japan.
You can now buy train tickets online here for popular shinkansen train routes. (And some bus routes too.)
I've used this booking site for taking the train from Thailand to Malaysia, and it worked out well, so I would expect it to work out well in Japan too!
The thing is, though, that you need to pick up the physical train tickets in person.
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