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Discover the Charms of the Luxury Train Twilight Express Mizukaze!

Twilight Express Mizukaze is a luxury sleeper train that was designed with close attention to detail for everything you need on a trip. It begins running in June 2017, so here is a complete guide to its many charms!

What is the Twilight Express Mizukaze?

Twilight Express Mizukaze is a new sleeper car from West Japan Railway Company that will begin running on Saturday, June 17th, 2017.
Its terminal stations are Osaka Station, Kyoto Station, and Shimonoseki Station in Yamaguchi. There are 5 courses, including a one-way one-night-two-day up and down the Sanyo Main Line or the Sanin Main Line, or a two-night-three-day round trip that goes around both the Sanyo Main and the Sanin Main Lines. Each plan has a sightseeing stop each day built in, so you can learn about the history and culture of Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Shimane, or Tottori.
This train has it all: a beautiful view from the windows, meals prepared by top chefs, elegant interior design, as well as the magic of the railway. It was created with the concept of being a beautiful Japanese hotel on wheels, so it's a short but very special trip.

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The design of the cars is amazing!

Twilight Express Mizukaze's cars were designed by two of Japan's top designers, industrial designer Tetsuo Fukuda, and architect/interior designer Kazuya Ura.
The green exterior which melts beautifully into Japan's scenery, the wooden materials and diverse art from western Japan, the interior design made with traditional crafts.... The modern yet nostalgic atmosphere creates a relaxing space reminiscent of a top hotel.
The ten-car train includes observation cars, a dining car, a lounge car, and three classes of guestroom cars. The different classes are the single and twin, which includes a big window that can be opened and closed and a wide living room, or the suite, which is one room per car that includes a private balcony and bathroom with tub.

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With permission from West Japan Railway Company

The meals developed by a gourmet expert are amazing!

Twilight Express Mizukaze has grasped the best parts about Japan when it comes to food. The menu centers on Japanese and French food, and it was produced by the owner of a well-established traditional restaurant in Kyoto and a chef chosen as one of the top 100 chefs in the world. They use a diverse number of ingredients from the areas along the railway, which is cooked in the dining car's open kitchen. You can enjoy the beautiful sight passing by the huge windows and enjoy a number of lovely meals.

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The view from the windows is amazing!

The Twilight Express Mizukaze runs through Sanyo and Sanin, areas rich in culture and beautiful nature. The rice paddies which can be said to be one of Japan's representative scenery as well as the expanse of the Sea of Japan spread out before you, and you can enjoy the changing scenery as time passes.
Also, you must take note of the observatory cars. These cars were built so that it's an open space that will let you see up to the sky above. There's also an observatory deck where you can have a drink while feeling the wind.

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With permission from West Japan Railway Company

It's just like a cruise! There are sightseeing spots along the way!

All of the courses offered by the Twilight Express Mizukaze include a sightseeing time once a day where they stop at a station along the way.
For example, some of the spots include Okayama's Korakuen, a garden chosen as one of Japan's top three gardens; Hiroshima's Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage Site, or Tottori's famous sand dunes. While the courses include internationally famous, popular sightseeing spots, the real charms of the ride is that it also includes tours of places that are normally not open to the public or special experiences such as being able to see masterpieces that are usually hidden away.
You can enjoy all that the railway has to offer, including learning about history and culture via shrines and museums and experiencing the beautiful nature of the Sea of Japan and the Seto Inland Sea.

How much is it and how do you make reservations?

Some examples of the price include a Royal Single room for a one-way one-night-two-day trip (2 people, 1 room) starting at 250,000 JPY (incl. tax) and a Suite room for a round-trip two-night-three-day trip (2 people, 1 room) starting at 1,200,000 JPY (incl. tax). The prices may change depending on the season or other factors.
The reservation period is established ahead of time, and the number of people that can depart on the train daily is a maximum of 34. If there are many applicants, a lottery will be held. The first application period (to depart between June and September 2017) is already over, but the second application period has yet to be announced. Please inquire at a travel agency!

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The Twilight Express Mizukaze is a train where you can enjoy the luxurious qualities of a top hotel along with a nostalgia that will heal your heart. Please experience the luxury of a train trip along with the beauty of the country of Japan.

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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