14:57 23 February 2017
JR West unveils luxury express train "Mizukaze"
OSAKA, Feb. 23, Kyodo
West Japan Railway Co. on Thursday unveiled its 10-coach luxury "Twilight Express Mizukaze" train which has proven immensely popular even months before the start of its services through western Japan in June.
"The train realizes the concept of a hotel running through beautiful Japan. We hope to offer a new standard of rail travel," West Japan Railway President Tatsuo Kijima said as he introduced Mizukaze to the press.
According to the company known as JR West, there were a total of 2,022 applications during the initial round of reservations for tickets for the 368 rooms available between June and September.
A one-night tour with a room for two people will be 270,000 yen ($2,400). The price for a suite starts from 750,000 yen.
Mizukaze will run from Kyoto and Osaka to Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture, and return via coastal areas facing the Sea of Japan, offering passengers a one- or two-night tour.
Passengers will be able to get off the train and visit tourist sites.