Radiant Green Maple Trees through Train WindowsEizan Trains Slow Down through "Tunnel"
On May 4, Greenery Day, a slow-moving train for enjoying the scenery of fresh green leaves along the railway was operated in the "Maple Tree Tunnel" section between Eizan Railway's Ichihara and Ninose Stations in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto. Passengers were quite pleased with the scenery from the train windows of fresh green maple trees spreading overhead.
The roughly 250-meter tunnel has approximately 300 trees, such as Japanese maples and Matsumurae maples, planted along it. Every spring and autumn, the railway's trains are run slower than usual, taking approximately one minute to pass through that same section.
When the train neared the section, an announcement was made inside the car and passengers enjoyed taking photos of new foliage that seemed to wrap around the train carriages.
A male company employee travelling from Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture, said, "Thanks to the nice weather, the leaves reflected the sunlight and seemed more beautiful than I expected. Running at a reduced speed was very good." The trains will run slowly roughly from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until May 31.(Translated by Mie Hiuzon, Psyche et l’Amour, Inc.)