Chichibu Railway

The Chichibu Railway on a map of Japan

Chichibu Railway Route Map

Taking only approximately 40 minutes on the Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Kumagaya Station, the Chichibu Railway is a local route that offers some spectacular natural scenery all within a comfortable day’s journey.

Steam Locomotive The Paleo Express

Timetable

The Paleo Express makes one return journey each day.
It stops at eight stations so that passengers choose the most convenient station for them to embark and disembark.
The Paleo Express generally only runs on the weekend and on public holidays; however there are times during the summer vacation and in autumn when the train will run on weekdays.

  • Weekdays
  • Holidays
Outbound Journey Stops Return Journey
10:12 Kumagaya 16:20
10:34 Takekawa 16:00
10:59 Yorii 15:41
11:32 Nagatoro 15:10
11:45 Minano 14:50
12:11 Chichibu 14:32
12:15 Ohanabatake 14:27
12:45 Mitsumineguchi 14:00
Outbound Journey Stops Return Journey
10:10 Kumagaya 16:18
10:33 Takekawa 15:58
11:00 Yorii 15:39
11:37 Nagatoro 15:13
11:50 Minano 14:55
12:15 Chichibu 14:36
12:19 Ohanabatake 14:31
12:50 Mitsumineguchi 14:03

Seating

The Paleo Express offers a selection of reserved and non-reserved seats.

Reserved Seats

Passengers booking a reserved seat will be required to purchase a reserved-seat ticket and a ticket for the section of the line travelled.
All seating is reserved therefore passengers are guaranteed a seat.
Tickets are on available for sale from JR East Japan ticket offices or View Plaza ticket offices up to one month prior to your date of travel.

Non-Reserved Seats

Passengers booking a non-reserved seat will be required to purchase a numbered ticket (non-reserved seat) and a ticket for the section of the line travelled.
As seating is not reserved, passengers cannot be guaranteed a seat.
Bookings can be made online or over the telephone up to one month prior to your date of travel.
*Japanese only.

Paleo Express Passenger Cars

The passenger cars are designed with 4-people box seats and smoking is prohibited in all areas of the cars.
Merchandise and other souvenirs are available for sale on the train.

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