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


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 which the seven JR firms were created.

Participants in the 10-day train tour, limited to 60 people, will first go north riding on the Cassiopeia pulled by an electric locomotive of Japan Freight Railway Co. at Ueno Station in Tokyo on Dec. 5.

Train fans will be very surprised to see a JR Freight loco head the luxury sleeper train operated chiefly by East Japan Railway Co. and Hokkaido Railway Co. when it was in regular service, the JR Group said.

After arriving at Sapporo in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, the tour members will turn south. On their way to the southwestern region of Kyushu, they will take various trains, such as JR East's special Shinkansen bullet train featuring modern art and Kyushu Railway Co.'s A-Train, and stop at Nagoya, Kanazawa, Kyoto and other cities with many tourist attractions.

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