The Yamagata Shinkansen Line will now offer foot baths and a bar car.
Time-strapped travelers can’t complain about their mode of transportation as long as it gets them from point A to point B without any delays, but for those who enjoy going at a slower pace and want to embrace the surrounding scenery, Japan’s Yamagata Shinkansen Line now offers a few touches of luxury, along with its acclaimed speed and punctuality.
As people make their way along the Fukushima-Shinja City route, they can take full advantage of the on-board footbaths and spa treatments, starting this July. Not only will travelers be able to relax their feet, but they can also find repose in the carriage’s welcoming atmosphere, which includes cherrywood low tables and tatmi-mat flooring. In addition, a lounge car with a bar counter will be installed to ameliorate the travel experience.
Ryosuke Akaya, spokesman for JR East, said this is all done in part of a tourism campaign for the prefecture, as well as an attempt to inspire more people to travel by train.
Visitors must make reservations before embarking on their countryside tour. The train will only be running 120 days out of the year, mostly during the weekends and holidays.