Kameoka torokko station for Sagano scenic railway train, from Kyoto station on Saga-Arashiyama JR train. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

So the Kameoka torokko station is one of 4 train stations that are on the Sagano scenic railway line.

All of the train stations that are on this train line are called “torokko” stations:

 

If you’ll be taking the Sagano scenic train, you’ll choose to take the train from Saga, Arashiyama, or Kameoka. Which one you’ll want will depend on how you want to plan the rest of your day’s activities.

 

The Kameoka Torokko station can be a good place to board the Sagano scenic train.

Kameoka is at the far end of the train line, so it means that getting on the train here you will be taking the scenic train TO Arashiyama.

So you can make the Sagano scenic train your first activity of the day, take the train from Kameoka, and then get off at the Arashiyama Torokko station!

The Arashiyama station can be a convenient place to end your Sagano scenic train ride because this leaves you in a good part of Arashiyama to start your exploration of the area!

It’s located a few minutes walk from the Okochi Sanso Gardens (and teahouse), and it’s also a few minutes walk to get to the path of the famous Arashiyama bamboo forest.

 

 

Kameoka torokko station as part of one day Kyoto itinerary

I took the Sagano scenic train as a part of my one day in Arashiyama and Sagano:

 

 

How to get to Kameoka torokko station

aka… Kyoto Station to Umahori JR station to Kameoka torokko station

 

Like all torokko stations, there is easy access to the Kameoka torokko station by JR train.

In short, to get from Kyoto station to Kameoka torokko station:

  • Kyoto station to Umahori JR train
  • Walk from Umahori JR station to Kameoka torokko station

 

Kyoto station to Umahori JR train

At Kyoto station, you’ll find signs for trains to Saga-Arashiyama.

And that’s the train you’ll get on!

This train will take you to the Umahori train station.

I actually made a stop at Hozukyo station as a little side trip, and then got back on another train to get the rest of the way to Umahori.

From Kyoto station to Umahori is about a 25 minute train ride.

 

To Kameoka torokko station from Kyoto station to Saga Arashiyama with JR pass on JR train. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

To Kameoka torokko station from Kyoto station to Saga Arashiyama with JR pass on JR train. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

To Kameoka torokko station from Kyoto station to Saga Arashiyama with JR pass on JR train. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

To Kameoka torokko station from Kyoto station to Sagano scenic railway on JR train. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

To Kameoka torokko station from Kyoto station with JR pass on JR train. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

To Kameoka torokko station from Kyoto station to Umahori for Sagano scenic railway on JR train. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Walk from Umahori JR train station to Kameoka torokko station

Once you get to Umahori, you’ll start to see signs pointing you in the direction of the Kameoka torokko station, so just follow the signs!

They will start off in English, but then turn to Japanese only, so it could be good to know what you’re looking for in Japanese. You can take a picture of the sign with English on it.

Still, being a short walk of 10 minutes or so, it’s not too difficult to get to the torokko station.

 

To Kameoka torokko station from Kyoto station to Umahori to Kameoka torokko station for Sagano scenic railway on JR train. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kameoka torokko station - map from Umahori to Kameoka torokko station for Sagano scenic railway. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kameoka torokko station - walk from Umahori to Kameoka torokko station for Sagano scenic railway. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

This is a nice scenic walk with some views of Japan’s countryside!

 

Kameoka torokko station - rural Japan walk from Umahori to Kameoka torokko station for Sagano scenic railway. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kameoka torokko station - walk from Umahori to Kameoka torokko station for Sagano scenic railway. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kameoka torokko station - rural Japan walk from Umahori to Kameoka torokko station for Sagano scenic railway. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kameoka torokko station - rural Japan walk from Umahori to Kameoka torokko station for Sagano scenic railway. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kameoka torokko station - rural Japan walk from Umahori to Kameoka torokko station for Sagano scenic railway. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kameoka torokko station - rural Japan walk from Umahori to Kameoka torokko station for Sagano scenic railway. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kameoka torokko station - rural Japan walk from Umahori to Kameoka torokko station for Sagano scenic railway. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

If you’re going in the opposite direction, from the Kameoka torokko station to the Umahori JR station, you can look for the JR sign along the way too.

 

Kameoka torokko station to Umahori JR train station with JR pass. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

There’s also a small little cafe along the way.

This could be a nice place to rest for a bit before you catch the JR train back to Arashiyama.

 

Kameoka torokko station - places to eat cafe. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kameoka torokko station - places to eat cafe. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

Arrive at Kameoka torokko train station!

Kameoka torokko station. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kameoka torokko station. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kameoka torokko station for Sagano scenic railway aka sagano romantic train. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

There’s also a small ramen shop at the torokko station if you find yourself with some extra time before your scenic train to Arashiyama.

 

Kameoka torokko station. Places to eat - ramen cafe restaurant. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kameoka torokko station. Places to eat - ramen cafe restaurant menu with prices. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kameoka torokko station. Places to eat - ramen cafe restaurant menu with prices. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kameoka torokko station. Places to eat - ramen cafe restaurant menu with prices. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kameoka torokko station. Places to eat - ramen cafe restaurant. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

There’s also some special “torokko beer” located next to the gift shop on the same floor that you’ll buy your Sagano scenic train tickets.

They say this is the ONLY place that you can buy this torokko beer. 😉

 

Kameoka torokko station. Torokko beer near gift shop for Japan souvenirs. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

Where to buy Sagano scenic railway train tickets

So you’ll make your way upstairs and that’s where you’ll find the gift shop along with the ticket booth.

This is also the same floor that the train departs.

 

Kameoka torokko station. Where to buy train tickets for Sagano scenic railway aka sagano romantic train. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kameoka torokko station. Train timings and ticket price cost (no credit card) for Sagano scenic railway aka sagano romantic train. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

And then…

Wait for the Sagano scenic train to arrive!

Kameoka torokko station for Sagano scenic railway aka sagano romantic train. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kameoka torokko station for Sagano scenic railway aka sagano romantic train. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kameoka torokko station for Sagano scenic railway aka sagano romantic train. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

There’s also a tourist stamp you can get at the Kameoka torokko station too.

 

Kameoka torokko station tourist stamp for Sagano scenic railway aka sagano romantic train. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kameoka torokko station tourist stamp for Sagano scenic railway aka sagano romantic train. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Then once the train arrives…

Take the Sagano scenic train to Arashiyama!

Kameoka torokko station train timings for Sagano scenic railway aka sagano romantic train. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kameoka torokko station for Sagano scenic train. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kameoka torokko station for Sagano scenic train on Hozugawa river. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kameoka torokko station for Sagano scenic train on Hozugawa river. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Arrive at Arashiyama torokko station!

Kameoka torokko station to Arashiyama torokko station on Sagano scenic train. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

And then…

What to do once you get to Arashiyama?!

You are minutes away by foot from the Okochi Sanso gardens (and teahouse) and Arashiyama bamboo forest!

And then since you’re in the area, you can also head to Tenryuji Temple and the Arashiyama monkey park too.

 

Okochi Sanso garden

Kameoka torokko station to Arashiyama okochi sanso villa garden. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

…and Okochi Sanso teahouse!

Kameoka torokko station to Arashiyama okochi sanso teahouse. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

Arashiyama bamboo forest

Kameoka torokko station to Arashiyama bamboo grove forest. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

Tenryuji Temple

Kameoka torokko station to Arashiyama tenryuji temple. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

Arashiyama monkey park

Kameoka torokko station to Arashiyama monkey park. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Kameoka torokko station to Arashiyama on Sagano scenic train. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

HAPPY KAMEOKA TO ARASHIYAMA SCENIC TRAIN RIDE!

 

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

 

 



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