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May 13, 2018

Tokyo-Izu sightseeing train to be launched in 2020

Tokyo-Izu sightseeing train to be launched in 2020 photo


TOKYO - East Japan Railway Co. said it will launch a luxurious sightseeing train between Tokyo and the Izu resort area in the spring of 2020, shortly before the Japanese capital hosts the Summer Olympic Games.


The eight-car train will feature premium seats and private rooms, with one or two round trips planned from Tokyo and Shinjuku stations to Izukyu-Shimoda, southwest of Tokyo, according to the company known as JR East, which hopes to attract more foreign tourists.


Tokyo-Izu sightseeing train to be launched in 2020 photo

(All photos courtesy of JR East)


While full details of the service are yet to be decided, there will be a kitchen car with a Japanese noodle bar, the company said in a statement released Tuesday.


"We want to offer a high-quality service that enables passengers to experience the charm of Izu," JR East President Yuji Fukasawa said in a press conference.


Tokyo-Izu sightseeing train to be launched in 2020 photo



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