Botcha Ressha Train

A replica of the steam-powered train that carries people through Matsuyama


Botchan Ressha is a train replica designed after the steam locomotives that operated for 67 years after the opening of Iyotetsu (Iyo Railways) in 1888. The name, “Botchan” is named after a train used by the protagonist in Natsume Soseki’s novel of the same name. The title “Ressha” (meaning train) was added for an extra friendly flair.

The original trains were powered by the steam of burning coals, sending out little puffs of black smoke as it ran. The current model runs via diesel-engine, but is affixed with an odorless smoke machine to recreate the same cloud puffs as it goes. Take a ride for the full nostalgic look and feel of riding an old steam locomotive.

Just outside of the Matsuyama City Station you’ll also find the Botchan Train Museum, which includes a full-scale replica of the Iyotetsu No. 1 locomotive on display. There are also rare train parts and documents on display, making this stop a must-see for train enthusiasts.


  • named after “Botchan” the famous novel by Natsume Soseki.
  • uses an odorless smoke machine to recreate the “steam” from an old locomotive.
  • recreates the old-world locomotive while still protecting the environment.
  • Botchan Train Museum includes a full-scale replica of the No. 1 Steam Locomotive.


  • Botchan Ressa, the train that shares a name with the famous “Botchan” novel by Natsume Soseki
  • The trains now run via diesel engine.
  • A full-scale replica of the No. 1 Steam Locomotive, on display at the Botchan Train Museum
  • Rare train parts and documents on display


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(Botchan Train Museum) 1st Floor of iyotetsu Group Main building, 4-4-1 Minatomachi, Matsuyama City, Ehime
Botchan Ressha (1 ride): Adults 1,000 yen, Small children 500 yen
※Entrance to Botchan Train Museum is Free
Open Days
Weekends and Holidays Only
※Please see Official Website for Details
(Botchan Train Museum) 2 min. walk from Matsuyama City Station on the Iyo Railways
Official Website
Official Website (English)