This is a JR East Japan local railway connecting from Kawabe Station in Aomori Prefecture to Higashi-Noshiro Station of Akita Prefecture. The line is 147.2 km long included 43 stations. The train passes the shore of the Sea of Japan, highly rated landscape such as World Heritage Site Shirakami Mountains and the Sunset view of Senjojiki which listed among "Top 100 sunsets of Japan". There is a 9.5 m long Senbokuiwa Tunnel, which is the shortest tunnel of JR east Japan line that connected Mutsuiwasaki Station and Juniko Station, it also becomes a hot photo shooting spot. Through the line you can easily access to sea-facing Furofushi Hot Spring (5 min by shuttle bus from WeSPa-Tsubakiyamae Station), blue Aoike pond, one of the Twelve Lakes (From Juniko Station take Konan bus, get off at "Okujuko") and other tourist facilities.
The special train, "Resort Shirakami Limited Express" is especially popular. The train runs between JR Aomori Station, Shin-Aomori Station and Hirosaki Station to JR Akita Station. The whole trip takes 5 to 5 and a half hours to finish. Meanwhile you can look through the window to enjoy the view and have some light snacks also enjoy the live music which occasionally performed on the train.
You can purchase a 2 day "Gono Line Pass",(adults – 3810 yen) and for "Shirakami Limited Express" a special reservation is required.
Get on Ou hon-line from JR Akita Station and transfer at Higashinoshiro Station. Or get on Ou hon-line from JR Aomori Station and transfer at Kawabe Station. You can take Express Resort shirakami-Kou directly from JR Aomori Station, Shin Aomori Station and Akita Station.
Image Gallery: Gono Line
Description: Gono Line
|Sights||Gono Line (五能線)|
Kamo-Nishida, Kawabe, Inakadate, Minami-tsugaru-gun, Aomori
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Map: Gono Line