Japan bullet trains to give passengers a luxury ride.
The East Japan Railway Company is all set to run its new Shinkansen Bullet Train service between Shinzo and Fukushima in the north of the country. In a public announcement, Japanese officials have stated that the trains will feature special footbaths and other luxury facilities.
Passengers can avail of the footbath service during the two-hour long journey before they retire to the after-bath lounge car for a locally brewed sake.
The company revealed that it took about 500m Yen to convert the rolling stock on the six carriage E3 bullet train despite the fact that the special excursion service will run for three months. One of the officials said that designers had to overcome hurdles such as unnecessary water spillage while making sure that the service is no less than a luxury spa.
Hideyuki Terui, while talking to the reporters said, “We had to be creative, like placing cushions inside the tubs so that the hot water won’t spill out even when the train sways hard”. The Japanese Shinkansen bullet train systems covers about 2,400 km at the speeds up to 320 k/h.
The train is now 50 years old and the footbath equipped trains are expected to cover the 157 km trip from Shinjo to Fukushima at a more stately speed.
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