The Royal Express is a luxurious train which has recently started operating in Japan. It was launched by the Japanese railway operator Tokyu. The train is meant to give passengers a chance to enjoy the scenic view of the Izu Peninsula, a resort area for hot springs, and Sagami Bay, a sea which stretches from the Manazuru Peninsula to the Miura Peninsula. The train looks very royal with its blue color and gold linings and is considered to be the biggest tourist train in the country so far. It can accommodate 100 passengers who are eager to see the vacation destinations in Kanagawa and Shizuoka Prefectures.
The Izu Peninsula is one of the most scenic vacation destinations you can find in Japan. It is popular for its hot spring resorts and beautiful coastlines. Tokyoites consider the place as a perfect getaway from the bustling city life. The fact that it is just a short journey (120km) from Tokyo makes it even more popular.
It has an arguably “perfect” climate, which is ideal for travelers who love to explore the area’s mountain ranges. It offers incredible views, sweeping surf beaches, delicious seafood, and an impressive modern art collection. People often come to the Izu Peninsula to soak in hot springs in order to relieve themselves from stress. Others learn how to surf as there are several surf schools in the area.
The place has many cultural attractions such as art galleries, sculpture gardens, and wax museums. This is also a perfect spot to experience the traditional “ryokan”, or Japanese inn, accommodation. Another amazing feature of this place is its iconic views of Mt. Fuji. There are many lookout points in the area, especially on the western side of Izu.
In order to allow tourists to see the scenic Izu coast, the luxurious train called The Royal Express was recently launched. It was designed by Eiji Mitooka, a Japanese industrial designer, illustrator, and managing director. He is also a design consultant for Kyushu Railway Company.
The train started its operation on July 21st, 2017. Its route starts from JR Yokohama Station going to Izukyu-Shimoda Station. The ride offers magnificent views along the way for three hours. The train consists of eight cars with different uses and designs. Several events can be held on the train such as birthdays, weddings, meetings, exhibitions, and more.
The Royal Express is also equipped with child-friendly areas so kids can have fun while traveling. It is quite hard to make a reservation as tickets are very limited. It can accommodate up to 100 passengers, which is considered one of the highest capacities when it comes to tourist trains in Japan. Before you start boarding, you will also be able to enjoy the Royal Cafe at the Yokohama Station. This is open from 7:00am to 10:00pm. The station also has a private waiting room called “The Royal Lounge” where Royal Express passengers can relax while they wait.
The Royal Express Train allows you to travel with the good value for money and with spectacular views along the way. It serves as one of the best additions to the ever-growing number of luxury trains in the country.
The Royal Express website *Japanese only