Train journeys give the opportunity to enjoy beautiful landscapes. Japanese railwayswhich traverse some of the most scenic landscapes in the country, give the sightseeing experience a head start by altering train speeds and lighting to help passengers better appreciate the view.
The Japanese Eizan Electric Train regularly passes through a track of 280 Japanese maple trees (known as the Maple Leaf Tunnel) located near a mountain valley north of Kyoto. To ensure commuters can bask in the beauty of the maple trees, the train turns off its interior lights and begins rolling at a slower pace.
The “Maple Leaf Tunnel” offers the best view during the fall season, which lasts from mid-September to early December, when the maple trees are full of red and yellow leaves.
To allow passengers to better see the autumn leaves, the conductor of this Eizan Electric Railway train on the Kurama line turns off the lights so that passengers can better see this “maple tunnel” outside #Kyoto.
— Taras Grescoe 🚇 (@grescoe) September 13, 2022
Marvellous! Great appreciation of beauty and nature! It’s such a nice integration to enjoy your surroundings. ❤️❤️💖
— Di&Lu (@DianeLu10) September 13, 2022
Something like this in Midtown would be absolutely stunning. 🚊🍁🍂
I wish we had more public transportation by subway or streetcar in this community.
— Justice Horn (@JusticeHorn_) September 14, 2022
It kind of reminded me of the train ride scene from Spirited Away.
—Amir Kalajdzini (@AmirKalajdzini) September 14, 2022
How jaded I am. My first thought, oh great, now someone is going to try to steal my bag or grope me or both.
— irregularly irregular 🇮🇪🌷🇳🇱 (@arrivalofspring) September 14, 2022
I experienced this and at first thought it was a malfunction. It was incredibly beautiful.
— Arcistoteles (@pascaltacular) September 14, 2022
As a woman, I immediately panicked. You live in a fantasy world if you think that’s for sure. Pretty trees!
— Sarah Groh (@sarahgrohmusic) September 14, 2022
it’s almost like transportation could be an enjoyable part of life that allows us to be present with our community and surroundings, rather than something we grumble about as soon as possible
— Lily Linke (@foot_notes_pod) September 13, 2022
“You get on a train and start reading a book. Some time passes and you notice that the lights have gone out. When you look up from your book, you see a beautiful view of the soft oranges and yellows of the maple trees”
— rwbryan (@rwbryan2) September 14, 2022
A video of the ‘Maple Leaf Tunnel’ train view is going viral after being posted to Twitter by Taras Grescoe (@grescoe) on Tuesday.
Commenting on the undated video, a Twitter user wrote, “it’s almost like transportation could be a nice part of life that allows us to be present with our community and surroundings, rather than something we let’s grumble as soon as possible ”.
Another person wrote, “How wonderful! Great appreciation of beauty and nature! It’s such a nice integration to enjoy your surroundings. ❤️❤️💖”