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The Royal Express: Japan's newest luxury train revealed

The Royal Express bar carriage Credit: Izukyu Corporation

Long renowned as the home of the shinkansen bullet train, Japan was strangely slow to compete with the likes of the Orient-Express by embracing unabashedly luxurious and languid rail travel. It was only in 2013, when the Kyushu Seven Stars commenced service, that the country welcomed its first luxury sleeper train. This year, however, the pace of development has been upped considerably. Following the earlier summer launches of the sleeper services Shiki-shima and Twilight Express Mizukaze, last week’s unveiling of The Royal Express completes the triumvirate of exceptional new luxury trains now taking travellers in grand and leisurely style to some of the most beautiful stretches of the country....

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The Royal Express
2017/08/03 01:44
last week’s unveiling of The Royal Express completes the triumvirate of exceptional new luxury trains now taking travellers in grand and leisurely style to some of the most beautiful stretches of the country.
2017/08/03 01:49
stretches between Yokohama (about half an hour from central Tokyo) and Shimoda City at the southern tip of the Izu Peninsula, The Royal Express offers its passengers a variety of tours and itineraries.
2017/08/03 01:49
More elaborate experiences await those who book one of three “cruise plans”, which incorporate overnight stays at hotels along the route and allow for sightseeing tours in Izu.
2017/08/03 01:50
Train passengers can take a sightseeing cruise on a replica of one of Perry’s ships, or could after disembarkation go hiking along the rugged Jogasaki Coast,
2017/08/03 01:50
Designed by Eiji Mitooka (also responsible for the look of Kyushu Seven Stars), each of its carriages features unique decorative elements and intricately patterned woodwork is on display throughout.
2017/08/03 01:51
the bar carriage features a piano and a curved ceiling embedded with stained-glass panels.
2017/08/03 01:51
costs from JPY25,000-35,000 (about £170 to £240), while extended overnight itineraries cost from JPY135,000 (£930) per person.
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