JR East to introduce upscale sleeper train in spring 2017

June 04, 2014

By HIROYUKI KAMISAWA/ Staff Writer

East Japan Railway Co. is set to begin a deluxe sleeper train service in spring 2017 that will carry passengers in the lap of luxury throughout eastern Japan and later the entire nation.

The as-yet unnamed new service is JR East’s answer to the hugely popular Nanatsuboshi (Seven Stars) train operated by Kyushu Railway Co. (JR Kyushu), Japan’s first sleeper train designed solely for tourism.

JR East unveiled the design for the new train on June 3. The train will have 10 cars, which will be colored champagne gold and accommodate up to 34 passengers. The interior of the train cars will be decorated like an upscale hotel, with glass-walled observation spaces on both ends of the train. Prices have yet to be determined.

The deluxe suite car will have two rooms, each of which can accommodate up to two guests.

One of the two deluxe suite compartments will be a two-story structure. The first floor will have two beds, while the second floor will be covered with tatami mats so passengers can relax while enjoying the scenery through a large picture window.

The new luxury train will also have a dining car and lounge car.

Traveling around the southern Kyushu region, JR Kyushu's Nanatsuboshi train has been in operation since October 2013.

Although a trip aboard the Nanatsuboshi train is expensive--a two-day, one-night trip costs hundreds of thousands of yen--the sleeper train has been flooded with requests for reservations since it began operations.

By HIROYUKI KAMISAWA/ Staff Writer
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A deluxe suite of East Japan Railway Co.’s new luxury sleeper train will have a two-story structure. (Provided by East Japan Railway Co.)

A deluxe suite of East Japan Railway Co.’s new luxury sleeper train will have a two-story structure. (Provided by East Japan Railway Co.)

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  • A deluxe suite of East Japan Railway Co.’s new luxury sleeper train will have a two-story structure. (Provided by East Japan Railway Co.)
  • An observation space in the end car of the new sleeper train (Provided by East Japan Railway Co.)
  • A dining car of East Japan Railway Co.’s new train (Provided by East Japan Railway Co.)
  • An artist’s rendition of the lounge car (Provided by East Japan Railway Co.)
  • An artist’s rendering of East Japan Railway Co.’s new luxury sleeper train (Provided by East Japan Railway Co.)

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