[Aigi Tunnel Group]
Marvel at a group of tunnels built in the Meiji period, now buried in nature
When the former Japanese National Railways' Chuo Line, which ran between Nagoya Station and Tajimi Station, opened in the year 1900, some 14 tunnels were built in the eight kilometers between Kozoji Station and Tajimi Station. After the war, the railway line was discontinued and the tracks abandoned after a new line opened. However, the tunnels were recognized as a valuable piece of industrial heritage from the Meiji period and became a nationally registered Tangible Cultural Property in 2016. Today, during special opening times in the spring and fall, you can enter the tunnels and walk through them, enveloped in the green leaves of spring or the colors of autumn. The tunnels were all constructed entirely out of brick, in a wide variety of designs. Feel the hardships the builders endured and the tunnels' historical value, all while soaking in the abundant nature.
Once you get off at Jokoji Station, start your tour with Tunnel No. 3, whose entrance is covered with a large curtain bearing a full-sized image of a steam locomotive
Upper: The picturesque scenery seen from inside the tunnels has an other-worldly feel to it, Bottom: Visit the site during the special opening in early May to enjoy pleasant cool air and fresh green leaves
|Best season||Autumn foliage: The end of November to the beginning of December|
|Date||Special opening days
April 26th to 30th, 2019 (Planned)
The end of November to the beginning of December (November 23rd to December 2nd, 2018)
|Time||9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Last admission at 2:30 p.m.)|
|Address||Tamanocho, Kasugai City, Aichi|
|Phone||Aigi Tunnel Group Preservation and Revival Project Cooperation
+81-90-4860-4664 (Japanese only)
|Admission fee||Junior high school age and over 100 yen
Elementary school age and under Free
|Access||Take the JR Chuo Main Line from "Nagoya Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 35 minutes, alight at "Jokoji Station" and walk for approx. 4 minutes.|
|URL||Aigi Tunnel Group Preservation and Revival Project Cooperation
|* The opening of the tunnels to the public will be canceled in the event of rain.
* Entering the tunnels is not permitted outside of opening times.
updated on Mar 25, 2019
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