Date: May 6, 2016
Taiwan Railways Administration and Enoshima Electric Railway Co. Ltd. in Japan renewed May 1 for
11 months an agreement allowing passengers to enjoy reciprocal one-day tourist pass privileges, underscoring the strength of the growing rail tourism market in both countries.
The agreement, which has run annually since May 2013, covers state-run TRA’s 12.9-kilometer Pingxi Line in New Taipei City and privately owned EER’s 10-kilometer line in Kanagwa prefecture. The former passes through the historic mountainous districts of Ruifang and Pingxi, while the latter connects Kamakura and Fujisawa cities in an area renowned for its beaches, mountains, shrines and restaurants.
Both railways are popular with sightseers and close to the respective capitals of Taipei and Tokyo—a fact reflected by the addition of coupons and guides to nearby attractions in the 2016 edition of the pass. From May 2013 to February 2015, 7, 708 tickets were redeemed by Taiwan and Japan tourists.
The tie-up is part of ongoing TRA efforts to boost links with Japanese railway lines, stations and trains through a series of tourism promotion and marketing initiatives. [FULL STORY]