Few things are as relaxing as a scenic train journey, but nobody likes to get the tricky seat between the windows. A new Japanese sight-seeing train has the solution; to remove as many of the walls as possible and replace them with windows.
The tourist train has been designed especially by Ichibansen/nextstations company to allow tourists to enjoy the stunning panoramic views as much as possible. The train – dubbed the Echigo TOKImeki Resort Setsugekka’ – runs through the western part of the Niigata Prefecture.
The area is famous for its skiing destinations and national parks. It also has some of the highest snowfalls of the country, allowing passengers to enjoy the snow-capped peaks of Mount Myoko.
The tourist train contains just 45 seats and two carriages. The front carriage is dedicated to taking in those amazing views with sixties-inspired decor, while diners can enjoy a French restaurant in the second coach, featuring local produce and sake.
Additionally, there’s a special viewing compartment that holds just four people right behind the driver. The driver’s compartment is also made of glass so true train aficionados can enjoy the scenery while getting a glimpse at the mechanics of rail travel. While sleeper trains in Europe are coming to a standstill, Japan is experiencing a boom in rail travel, particularly in the luxury market where rail cars are more like top hotels. This new service is a mid-range alternative to tap into the appetite for rail travel.