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JR Group Firms to Operate Joint Across-Japan Luxury Train Tour (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 17 (Jiji Press)—The seven Japan Railways Group companies said Tuesday they will offer a special across-Japan sightseeing tour plan using 24 select trains including the Cassiopeia overnight limited express, whose regular operations ended in March last year. The joint project is one of events to mark the 30th anniversary of the privatization of the Japanese National Railways, through …

Steam Locomotive Goes into Service in Kinugawa Area (News)

Nikkō, Tochigi Pref., Aug. 10 (Jiji Press)—A much-awaited steam locomotive went into service on Tobu Railway Co.'s Kinugawa Line in the city of Nikkō, Tochigi Prefecture, eastern Japan, on Thursday. The Taiju train, pulled by the C11 207 locomotive, travels between Shimo-imaichi Station and Kinugawa-onsen Station, with three round-trip services offered a day on the 12.4-kilometer section. A one…

The Gift Locomotive That Charmed Samurai JapanNippon.com Staff

Trains have undoubtedly been one of the most transformative technologies in Japan’s history, dramatically changing the landscape of the country and its cities. They have also become much loved as an iconic and reliable form of transportation. The origins of this train fever can be traced back more than 160 years. In July 1853, Yevfimiy Putyatin of the Russian navy made the first demonstration…

Western Japan Town Working to Revive D51 Steam Locomotive (News)

Wakayama (Jiji Press)—The town of Aridagawa in Wakayama Prefecture is working to revive a Class D51 steam locomotive for display at a local railway park. The D51 827 locomotive, made in 1943, was used mainly for freight trains linking Gifu and Aichi Prefectures from 1946 until it was decommissioned in 1973. Achiha Co., a transport company based in Osaka offering rolling stock transportation …

Shiki-Shima Luxury Sleeper Train Goes into Service (News)

Tokyo, May 1 (Jiji Press)—The Train Suite Shiki-Shima luxury sleeper operated by East Japan Railway Co., or JR East, went into service with some fanfare on Monday with Japan now into its Golden Week holiday period. At 11:40 am (2:40 am GMT), Shiki-Shima left central Tokyo's Ueno Station for a four-day, three-night tour of the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaidō and the Tōhoku region. The lu…

JR East Unveils All-Suite Deluxe Sleeper Train Before Debut in Spring (News)

Nikko, Tochigi Pref., Dec. 5 (Jiji Press)—East Japan Railway Co., or JR East, unveiled Monday a luxury sleeper train the company plans launch in May next year. In a champagne gold livery, the deluxe Train Suite Shiki-Shima comprises 10 cars, including a diner, a lounge car, and a glass-walled dome car. The crew of JR East's new luxury sleeper train Shiki-Shima pose at Nikkō Station following…

All Aboard the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Train!

This summer a Tokyo train got a makeover themed around kawaii icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The singer was present for a special opening event.

“Dragon Quest” Theme Rings Out on Shibuya Trains (Video)

From July 5 to September 12, the overture from Dragon Quest is warning passengers that trains will depart on Shibuya Station platforms.

Tokyo’s New Restaurant Train Offers Haute Cuisine on Wheels

Seibu Railway has launched a restaurant train service between Tokyo and Saitama Prefecture. Lovers of fine cuisine and rail travel can tuck into a gourmet meal as they watch the landscape unfold.

Kyoto Railway Museum (Photo Gallery)

Kyoto Railway Museum, which opened in April, presents the history of the Japanese rail network. Enjoy a virtual visit with our selection of images.

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