A sneak peek at Japan Railway West's newest luxury train

A sneak peek at Japan Railway West's newest luxury train
PHOTO: West Japan Railway Company (JR West)

Taking the train in Japan may be an ordinary experience for most travellers, as they jostle for space in packed train cars during peak hours, or zip through stations on the Shinkansen bullet trains.

Those looking for a leisurely and scenic ride can look forward to West Japan Railway Company's new sleeper train Twilight Express Mizukaze, set to make its maiden journey in June next year.

The train features a 'nostalgic modern' design with an interior inspired by the opulence of the Art Deco period of the 1920s-30s.

The Mizukaze will take passengers through central Japan's beautiful landscapes, travelling along the Sanyo and Sanin lines from Kyoto/Osaka stations.

It will also make several stops where passengers can hop off for some fresh air and do some sightseeing at spots such as the world's longest suspension bridge Akashi Kaikyo and popular filming location Onomichi Channel.

With an estimated capacity of 30 people, the Mizukaze features 13 twin rooms, 2 single rooms, and a suite.

The suite spans an entire train car and has its own entryway, living/dining room, bedroom, and a bathroom with a tub.

The 10-car train also offers a host of creature comforts, including observation rooms with ceiling to floor glass windows, gourmet food in the dining car, and a cosy lounge car.

JR West is offering five packages for the Mizukaze. Four of them are one-way overnight rides, while the other is a three-day, two-night round trip from Osaka/Toyko station.

Depending on the package selected, travellers can expect to pay between ¥270,000 (S$3,400) and ¥1.25 million (S$15,700) for their luxury train journey.

Reservations for Twilight Express Mizukaze opens next Monday (Dec 5).

Also read: You can now purchase Japan rail tickets at new cafe at Tanjong Pagar 

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