The Gomen-Nahari Line runs along the coastline of eastern Kochi, offering breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. But did you know its construction was once in danger of not being completed?????
It all began in 1965 when the Japanese National Railways (currently Japan Railways Group or JR) decided to build a train line that traveled all around Shikoku. After completing over 40% of the train tracks, the construction was forced to a halt due to financial difficulties. For the next 7 years, the half-completed tracks were left as they were, prompting locals to nickname it the “Great Wall of Tosa” (old name for Kochi)????
Luckily, a newly-established local railway company (Tosa Kuroshio Railway) took over, and completed the construction in 2002????
Despite its retro look, the Gomen-Nahari Line is in fact the newest ‘local line’ in Japan, which refers to a train that runs in rural areas and carries a relatively small number of passengers????✨
Since this line was constructed with relatively new technologies, it travels through tunnels and over bridges! This is unique compared to older local lines in Japan, which tend to loop around mountains and rivers☀️