The Rikuu tou sen, which runs parallel to it south of here is also magnificent. This is the primary reason I keep using seishun 18 enthusiastically. Infinitely more interesting than the shinkansen line. The services are relatively infrequent (the timetable below is the timetable from Kitakami to Yokote), so it needs planning. But the local lines of Tohoku that are far from the Shinkansen lines, are an under-discovered highlight of Japan.