Japanese industrial designer Eiji Mitooka (centre) cuts the ribbon at JR Yokohama Station, marking the launch of The Royal Express luxury train service between Yokohama and the south of the Izu Peninsula. Photo: Kyodo

Luxury train debuts in Japan on Yokohama-to-Shimoda route along Izu coast

The first train of The Royal Express left Yokohama Station for Shimoda on a roughly three-hour trip offering scenic coastal views

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Japanese industrial designer Eiji Mitooka (centre) cuts the ribbon at JR Yokohama Station, marking the launch of The Royal Express luxury train service between Yokohama and the south of the Izu Peninsula. Photo: Kyodo
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