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Tsugaru Railway

Opened in 1928, the Tsugaru Railway line runs 20.7 kilometers south to north through Tsugaru Peninsula, from Tsugaru Goshogawara through Kanagi (where Osamu Dazai’s parents’ home is located) to Tsugaru Nakasato. The railway company operates special trains according to the season—wind-bell trains that run in summer ringing sonorous bells and autumn cricket trains in fall. The potbelly stove trains operated during winter so that passengers can enjoy the snowy landscape as viewed through the windows are very popular among tourists. This railway line runs through a park, a situation rarely encountered elsewhere in Japan. Dazai wrote about Tsugaru Railway, including his experience at Ashino Park Station, in a number of his literary works, such as Suzume (Sparrow), Tsugaru, Kikyorai (Going Home), and Kokyo (Home).

Address 39 Aza Omachi, Goshogawara City, Aomori Prefecture (Tsugaru Railway Co., Ltd.)

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