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November 29, 2015 - Pokemon Train on the JR Ofunato Line

Previous I had posted a travel report on my day trip to the Tohoku coastline to tour the reconstruction efforts from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. To get to Kesennuma, you have to take the JR Ofunato Line from Ichinoseki, the western terminus station. One special train along this line runs once a day to the delight of children, and children at heart like myself. The "Pokemon With You" train is a special 2-car train with the theme of Pokemon. The following photos says it all.

When arriving at Ichinoseki Station, you are greeted by Pikachu and friends.

The trains livery is sky blue and green at the bottom with Pokemon characters scattered everywhere. The train is similar to the regular trains that run on the JR Ofunato Line.

The interior is further plastered with Pokemon characters. They are on the seating, walls, carpets, curtains, ceiling, trash can, and even on the knob handles where you hold on when the train is moving.

Along the JR Ofunato Line, there isn't much to see other than some of Japan's few agricultural lands and small towns and villages. There is even a quarry, permanently etching the landscape.

What is a long 87 minute train ride without an ekiben? This was one of the reasons why I wanted to ride on the Pokemon train. For about 1,000 you get a children's meal of potato wedges, rice with ketchup and egg, jelly fruit, some meat with mushrooms, and salad. The meal was actually very good. The ekiben is wrapped in a knot bag which makes for a stylish souvenir!

The end of the line is here at Kesennuma Station. The ride overall was really fun and you feel like a child again. Because most of the children run over to the second car where the play gym is located (yes the second car is devoted only as a play gym!) the main car is quieter. I would highly recommend this special train service to anyone who loves Pokemon.

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2018/10/20 - Tohoku Series: Aomori (Xs)
2018/10/20 - Tohoku Series: Seafood Capital, Aomori (Xs)
2018/10/19 - Tohoku Series: Juniko
2018/10/19 - Tohoku Series: Gono Line
2018/10/18 - Tohoku Series: Tazawako (c)
2018/10/18 - Tohoku Series: Kakunodate (p)
2018/10/17 - Tohoku Series: Akita (Hcs)
2018/10/16 - The Pokemon Cafe experience
2018/10/16 - Early Morning Meiji stroll
2017/11/11 - Tsukiji's (Truly) Last Breath
2017/10/31 - Yokohama - Western Port City
2017/10/30 - Tateishi Nakamise Shotengai - Stepping into a Time Warp
2017/10/29 - Oya History Museum - A Cavern in Time
2017/10/28 - Nikko - Land of Spirituality and Tourists Part Two
2017/10/28 - Nikko - Land of Spirituality and Tourists Part One
2017/10/27 - Aizu - Wakamatsu and Kitakata: Land of Ramen and Red Cows
2017/10/27 - Ouchijuku - Historic Town in Fukushima Prefecture
2017/10/25 - Noboribetsu - The Comforts of Hell!
2017/10/24 - Otaru - Land of History and Economic Power Part One
2017/10/24 - Otaru - Land of History and Economic Power Part Two
2017/10/23 - Sapporo - Fresh Seafood and Western History
2017/10/22 - Lake Toya - A Land of Destruction and Beauty Part Three
2017/10/21 - Lake Toya - A Land of Destruction and Beauty Part Two
2017/10/21 - Lake Toya - A Land of Destruction and Beauty Part One
2017/10/20 - Hakodate in 18 hours - Part Two
2017/10/20 - Hakodate in 18 hours - Part One
2017/10/20 - All aboard the Hokkaido Shinkansen in Gran Class style
2015/12/06 - Tsukiji's Last Breath
2015/12/02 - Kawagoe Day Trip
2015/11/29 - Pokemon Train on the JR Ofunato Line
2015/11/29 - Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture
2015/11/28 - Yamadera
2015/11/23 - The Architecture of the Yoyogi National Gymnasium