New luxury trains in 2017 

  • Published on : 16/01/2017
  • by : Japan Experience

Combining transportation and tourism

The year 2017 will be s special year for luxury trains. Three new trains should go into service this year.

  • Shiki Shima

The new JR East luxury train will be able to accommodate up to 34 passengers with ten cars decorated in a champagne gold color. It will also include a restaurant dining car and the rear lounge car will be partially made of glass for spectacular views of the Japanese landscape.

There are different tours. For example starting from Ueno Station,the 4 days/3 nights trip will stop in Nikko, Hakodate, Aomori and includes a ride along the Gono Line.

Reservations are open since late 2016. Have a look on the planned trips on JR East website.



©By Ten-nen Gas - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

  • The Royal Express

Japanese railway operator Tokyu will also launch a new tourist train in July. Starting  from Yokohama Station, the train will run southwest to Izu Peninsula, a vacation destination in Shizuoka Prefecture. The ride between Yokohama and Izukyu-Shimoda stations will take three hours.

The new train will be designed by Eiji Mitooka, who designed the Seven Stars luxury train for Kyushu Railway and  each car will have a different use and design.

Tickets for these incredible trains are very limited and is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass. Do not hesitate to contact us to have more information.

Royal Express

Royal Express

©By LERK, CC BY-SA 4.0,

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