Railways unveil plans for luxury sleepers / High-end cars aimed partly at wealthy foreign visitors

posted on March 1, 2016

East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) and West Japan Railway Co. (JR West) will introduce new luxury sleeper-train services in the spring of 2017.

In light of the popularity of Kyushu Railway Co.'s Seven Stars in Kyushu sleeper service, which began in 2013, JR East and West decided they can expect substantial demand for a similar service on Honshu.

The interiors of the sleeper trains, which will travel between tourist sites, will be meticulously appointed. The new trains will target both domestic travelers and wealthy visitors from abroad.

The plans for the new sleeper trains come after several previously popular services were discontinued. The overnight sleeper train Cassiopeia, which runs between Ueno and Sapporo stations, will cease operations in March of this year.

Cassiopeia's retirement comes as the Hokkaido Shinkansen will be put into service in the same month. The voltage in the Seikan Tunnel between Hokkaido and Honshu will be adapted for the Shinkansen, which will make the existing ordinary trains unable to operate in the tunnel.

Twilight Express, another sleeper train that operated between Osaka and Sapporo, was discontinued in March last year.

source by the-japan-news
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