While out walking I came across a bike/pedestrian trail track with lots of statues and odd artefacts along the way.
Investigation turns up that it’s called Poppo-dori and is what is left of the old Toya Tetsudo (Toya railroad), which ran 24.4km from Nishinasuno to Nasu Ogawa, in the 1920-50’s and used to carry timber, rice, wheat, fertilizer, and agricultural crops to Nishinasuno for delivery to Tokyo.
It stretches for 4.2km near Otawara is pedestrian & bike trail – Along the way are statues and railway artefacts. I have only followed a short part of it and already have loads of photos…
Use Google Chrome with auto translate and it will all make sense ( unless you read Japanese and then it will make sense anyway)