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What to do at Hanawa Station

Discovered by Angus on 8th February, 2024

Highlights

Explore Former Hanawa Elementary School Memorial Museum

Best Season

All Year Round

Where

A short walk from Hanawa Station.

What to see

Walk into this old elementary school to see how children in Japan lived. Old class rooms, displays of old school lunches historical displays are fascinating.

Highlights

Find the Hare and Tortoise

Best Season

All Year Round

Where

At Hanawa Station and around the town.

What to see

How many Hare and Tortoises you can spot all around town?
This village is the birth place of Wasaburo Ishihara who composed a Japanese children's song 'Usagi to Kame' based on the famous Aesop's Fables 'The Hare and Tortoise'.

Highlights

Walk around Shozenji Temple

Best Season

All Year Round

Where

A short walk from Hanawa Station.

What to see

This temple is where children went to school before the elementary school was built.

Have a look at other stations

Omama Station

Outside of Omama station on the Watarase Keikoku Railway in Midori City

Omama is one of the main stations on the Watarase Keikoku Railway, with many cultural sights to see such as a soy source factory and a pre-WW2 theater.

Sori Station

Sori is a tiny village with a cute station. In the autumn, the surrounding mountains change into beautiful colors.

Articles about Watarase Keikoku Railway

Visit Watarase during the Sakura Season

Beautiful Sakura and Ume blossom along Watarase Valley Railway 2 hours from Tokyo

Visiting Tokyo in the spring? Why not enjoy a ride through Sakura trees on the Watarase Keikoku Railway’s special ‘trolly train’, just two hours north of Tokyo? Read more to learn how to get there and what to expect!

Visit Watarase during the Autumn Season

Amazing view of autumn leaves along Watarase valley railway

Visiting Tokyo in the autumn? Why not take the special ‘trolly train’ on the Watarase Keikoku Railway and enjoy the beautiful fall foliage while journeying through the Watarase gorge? This is very popular with locals. Read to find out more.

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