Chiba country side: The Kominato railway

If you go to Goi in Chiba prefecture, some 90 minutes by train from Shinjuku station, you will encounter the wonderful Kominato railway, where old-school diesel trains run at a slow pace in an atmospheric setting through the Japanese country side. I am a huge train nostalgic – visiting relatives was exclusively done by train when I was a child – so going there was a no-brainer for me.

The Kominato railway runs between Goi and Kazusa-Nakano station, and a one-way trip is a 70 minute train ride. My destination for the day was Kazusa-Okubo, with a small shed of a station house that has a Totoro-inspired paintjob. According to Wikipedia the station sees an average of 34 passengers per day.  The name Kazusa comes from an old province that resided inside Chiba prefecture, which is why many stations in the area contain that name.

All photos were shot on my Nikon FE-2 using Fuji Pro 400H film, and my Ricoh GR1s using Portra 800 film. Developed and scanned by Canadian Film Lab.

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