Travel to scenic Japan: Beautiful mountain views of Hokkaido Senmo line

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Good weather is must for beautiful shots

When I was a company employee, I could only visit Hokkaido during Japanese vacation season, i.e. New year vacation, Golden Week vacation, and Summer Obon vacation. So it was very difficult for me to visit Hokkaido with good weather.

Because I quit the company, now I can visit Hokkaido according to the weather forecast. I visited Hokkaido between the end of February and the beginning of March of 2018.

In this article, I’ll show you beautiful scenery of mountains with Senmo line train.

Where is Senmo line ?

It is located in the west side of Hokkaido.

From Tokyo Station to Kushiro station, it takes around 4 hours by direct flight from Haneda airport.

The southern part runs through famous Kushiro Wetland, and the northern part runs on the coast of Sea of ​​Okhotsk, which is famous for Ice floe.

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Train with Mount Io (Between Kawayu Onsen station and Midori station)

Mount Io is an active volcano, and  generates smoke of sulfur dioxide.

It is 512 m high. Io means sulfur in Japanese.

Shooting Location

Not far from railroad crossing near Kawayuonsen Station

Even in winter, snow is removed and easy to access.

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Shooting direction

Recommended hours for better lighting

Sunrise~Morning

Train with Mount Biora (Mashu station)

I found this place through Google Maps.

The link below is the place displayed in Google Maps. It looks like a beautiful shooting spot, isn’t it??

Google Maps3D

The photo is taken from the bridge over railway. Very easy to reach, but you can get very beautiful photos only if the weather is fine. It’s very important:)

Shooting Location

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5 minutes distance from Mashu station.

The bridge over railway is equipped with foot pavement.

You must climb the fence a bit.

Shooting direction

Recommended hours for better lighting

Sunrise~Morning

Train with Mount Shari 1(Between Nakashari station and Shiretoko Shari station)

I found a photo of the location on the internet, and guessed where the photo was taken from the position of the mountain and bridge.

As usual, Google Maps helped me to find the answer, and I finally took the below photo. Thank you Google Maps!

Mt. Shari is in the east of the Senmou line, so photos of Senmo line train with Mr.Shari is better to be taken in the afternoon. (To get better lighting)

It’s sad to say that in winter, we have only one train to each direction. Be careful not to miss.

Shooting Location

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Not so far from Nakashari station.

Shooting direction

Recommended hours for better lighting

Afternoon

Train with Mount Shari 2(Between Shiretoko Shari station and Yamubetsu station)

I found this location on Google Maps. The view on Google Maps is below link.

Google Maps 3D

This shooting spot is close to Shiretoko Shari station, and you take the photo of the train just after leave the Shiretoko Shari station or about to reach.

Shooting Location

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On the riverside.

Shooting direction

Recommended hours for better lighting

Afternoon

Train with Mount Shari 3(Between Nakashari station and Shiretoko Shari station)

The photo was taken from the bridge over Senmo line.

The below is expected scenery presented by Google Maps.

Google Maps 3D

The photo I took is almost same.

I just didn’t notice on the image of Google Maps, but there are solar panels on the left side of the photo.

They are not welcome, but I must accept as a everyday object in Hokkaido.   

Shooting Location

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Shooting direction

Recommended hours for better lighting

Afternoon

Train with Mount Shari and Mount Unabetsu (Hamakoshimizu station)

Next photo is taken from the Furetoi observation deck which is next to the Hamakoshimizu station.

Very easy to reach, but the view is great.

But the weather must be fine or mountains are not visible.

Shooting Location

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Close to Hamakoshimizu station.

Shooting direction

Recommended hours for better lighting

Afternoon

If you see the opposite direction, you can take below photos from the same place.

Shooting direction of these photos

Thank you very much for your visit.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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