Embark on an extraordinary journey with East Japan Railway Company’s Resort Shirakami ‘Buna,’ a hybrid train operating on the scenic Gono line. Immerse yourself in the harmony of nature as you indulge in an exceptional travel experience. Located amidst the awe-inspiring beauty of the World Natural Heritage site, the Shirakami Sanchi Mountains, and the picturesque Sea of Japan, prepare for an unforgettable adventure.

Inspired by the serene groves of beech trees, the exterior of the train features a design that showcases natural shades of green, evoking the gentle sunlight filtering through the leaves. Step inside to discover a spacious interior crafted from wood sourced along the railway lines, including beech trees, cedar from Akita and Hiba wood from Aomori, creating a warm and comfortable atmosphere.

The ‘Buna’ train sets new standards in eco-friendliness, reducing fuel consumption and emissions, resulting in quieter stops and departures, thus enhancing the serenity of the passengers’ travel experience. Compared to conventional trains, it achieves an impressive 60% reduction in fuel consumption rate and significantly lowers nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. This revolutionary breakthrough contributes to cleaner air and a healthier environment and represents a significant leap forward in sustainable transportation technology. 

Captivating Scenic Views Await: Experience the Breathtaking Beauty on the ‘Buna’ Train

  • Unveil the Wonders of Senjojiki: A Coastal Gem for Nature and Cultural Enthusiasts
    Senjojiki, a captivating rocky beach nestled along the pristine coastline, invites travellers to embark on an extraordinary journey of natural splendour and cultural significance. Formed by a powerful earthquake in 1792, this beach has earned its place as one of the 100 Best Sunsets in Japan. Prepare to be awe-struck by the mesmerising vistas that unfold before your eyes, offering panoramic views of the majestic Sea of Japan. 
  • Experience the Captivating Beauty of Fukaura
    The Renowned ‘Town of Sunset’ and a jewel among Japan’s 100 Best Sunsets. Immerse yourself in the stunning vistas of the Fukaura area, where the gently curving coastline and the vast expanse of the ocean extend as far as the eye can see. As the Buna train gracefully slows down, passengers have magnificent views unfolding just beyond their windows. Enhance your journey by checking the sunset time in advance and savouring the mesmerising spectacle of the sun dipping below the horizon.
  • The Coastal Beauty between Omagoshi to Iwadate Stations
    Embark on an awe-inspiring journey along the Gonō Line and prepare to be amazed. As passengers traverse the picturesque coastline, they will be captivated by the stunning vistas that unfold before them. Immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of the Sea of Japan, the enchanting Shirakami Sachi Mountains, and the awe-inspiring grandeur of massive rocks. Ensure your camera is ready to capture these unforgettable moments that will leave you in awe.

Discover the Trio of Train Sets that Define the Unforgettable Resort Shirakami Experience

Resort Shirakami, renowned for its exceptional train journeys, invites passengers to embark on a remarkable experience abroad with the Buna train sets. The Buna train is part of the HB-E300 series, representing the second generation of updated hybrid trains. Introduced in July 2016, Buna offers enhanced comfort and a quieter ride, ensuring a memorable journey.

On the Buna train, passengers can expect a delightful interior design and a dedicated retail space to explore souvenirs, enjoy drinks, and indulge in light meals. The seat configuration and layout are similar to other trains on Resort Shirakami, providing a comfortable experience for all passengers. With a generous legroom of 1200mm, surpassing the standards of ordinary seats found in most Limited Express trains, guests can relax and enjoy the scenic views. Additionally, compartments are available for groups of four, allowing for a comfortable and personalised experience for your entire party.

Furthermore, in addition to the Buna train, Resort Shirakami extends its offerings with two more train sets: the Aoike and Kumagera. Indulge in the captivating charm of these distinct train experiences, allowing you to embark on a truly remarkable journey.

Unforgettable On-Board Events on Resort Shirakami Buna Train

  • Experience the Captivating Tsugaru Kintamamejo Puppet Show:
    Witness the captivating Tsugaru Kintamamejo puppet show by the renowned “Kintazukura Puppet Theatre.” This delightful performance, an intangible folk cultural property of Nakadomari-cho, Aomori Prefecture, is showcased at the Tsugaru Railway terminal station (Tsugaru-Nakazato Station). Immerse yourself in the comedy of beloved characters “Kinta” and “Mamezou,” promising an unforgettable experience filled with laughter and joy.
  • Discover the Fascinating Tsugaru Dialect Demonstration “Kataribe”
    Passengers can experience the rich cultural heritage of Tsugaru through an immersive and captivating Tsugaru dialect demonstration known as “Kataribe.” Delve into the enchanting world of traditional folktales gracefully narrated in the melodic local language. Immerse yourself in a bygone era as you embrace the captivating storytelling and bask in the natural beauty of Tsugaru, creating an unforgettable and enriching experience.
  • Experience the Thrilling Tsugaru Shamisen Live Performance
    Passengers can immerse themselves in the mesmerising sounds of live Tsugaru Shamisen performances at Resort Shirakami Buna. Let the captivating melodies transport you to the heart of Japanese folk music as skilled musicians skillfully play representative songs such as the iconic “Tsugaru Jon Kara Bushi.”

Discover all the intricate details about the captivating onboard events mentioned above by visiting the official website. Stay informed, plan, and prepare for an unforgettable experience with Resort Shirakami.