New Tama Cat Train in Kishi, Wakayama


Wakayama Electric Railway‘s Kishigawa Line connects Wakayama Station to Kishi Station, a distance of 14.3 km. The line offers residential areas, historic shrines, scenic parks, and peaceful scenery, but the trains that run on this line are another attraction.

As of August 2022, there are five types of trains on the Kishikawa Line, and one of the most popular is the Tama Train Museum-go, which was introduced in December 2021.

The "Never-before-seen cat train" was made possible through crowdfunding.

The Tama Train Museum is a train that was realized in 2021 as a crowdfunding project. The purpose of the project is to revitalize the local community through railroad infrastructure, and the design was created by Eiji Mitooka, a leading railroad design expert. With the addition of approximately 10 million yen raised through the support of 959 crowdfunding supporters, the train has been in operation since December 4 of the same year.

The concept is that the first Tama Station Chief is surrounded by Nitama Station Chief, Yontama Station Chief, fans and children.
From the interior to the exterior, this gorgeous train is filled with the charm of the cat stationmasters.

Each car, including the Tama Train Museum runs at intervals of about one per hour.