Kinki Nippon Tetsudo (“Western Japan Railway”), commonly known as “Kintetsu,” is one of Japan’s railway giants boasting tracks in the five prefectures of Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Mie, and Aichi. Putting aside the JR group railways, Kintetsu can claim more track than any other private railway company in Japan. It’s not your typical railway, and features innovative design in their limited express trains like the Urban Liner on the Osaka-Nagoya run and the luxurious, resort-inspired Ise-Shima Liner as well as the Sengyo Ressha (“Fresh Seafood Train”), a charter train with many years of history used to transport fish freshly caught in Ise-Shima along the Kintetsu line (not available for passenger use). Over in Kintetsu’s Tsuruhashi Station, among the enticing aroma of yakiniku barbecue you’ll find Gatan Goton, the railway’s directly-managed goods shop. It brings together around 300 different company brand items, from well-priced stationery to the finest model railway cars. People come from all over to visit the shop, and the dioramas inspired by famous destinations along Kintetsu lines are also a popular sight.
2-1-20 Tsuruhashi, Ikuno-ku, Osaka
Opening Hour 11:00 – 14:00 and 16:00 – 20:00; 10:00 – 18:30 (weekends and holidays) Closed No designated days closed