West Japan Railway Co. on Thursday unveiled its 10-coach luxury “Twilight Express Mizukaze” train which has proven immensely popular even months before the start of its services through western Japan in June.

“The train realises the concept of a hotel running through beautiful Japan. We hope to offer a new standard of rail travel,” West Japan Railway President Tatsuo Kijima said as he introduced Mizukaze to the press.


According to the company known as JR West, there were a total of 2,022 applications during the initial round of reservations for tickets for the 368 rooms available between June and September.

A one-night tour with a room for two people will be US$2,400. The price for a suite starts from US$6,700.

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Mizukaze will run from Kyoto and Osaka to Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture, and return via coastal areas facing the Sea of Japan, offering passengers a one- or two-night tour.

Passengers will be able to get off the train and visit tourist sites.