Future Suica card system to facilitate inbound tourism in Japan

Apr 5, 2017

Future Suica card system to facilitate inbound tourism in Japan

Foreign tourists will be able to use Suica travel cards to check in at hotels and purchase tax-free goods under a new system developed by the government and private-sector firms. The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry hopes to put the system it developed with ...

Glitch strands luxury sleeper train during Nikko test run

Mar 21, 2017

Glitch strands luxury sleeper train during Nikko test run

Engine trouble stranded a luxury, all-suite sleeper train during a test run on the JR Nikko Line for four hours, affecting nearly 2,000 passengers on other trains, JR East said. The 10-car Train Suit Shiki-Shima was on a test run Monday when an engine ...

Feb 22, 2017

JR East to standardize Tohoku tourist info centers

East Japan Railway Co. said it will standardize the appearance of tourist information centers at stations in the Tohoku region so overseas visitors can recognize them more easily. JR East plans to launch the project from a tourist information center at Akita Station, where ...

JR East unveils all-suite sleeper

Dec 6, 2016

JR East unveils all-suite sleeper

JR East unveiled Monday a luxury, all-suite sleeper train set to launch in May. Train Suite Shiki-Shima has 10 cars, including a diner, a lounge and a glass-walled dome car. With a total construction cost of ¥5 billion, the train is designed to provide ...

Dec 5, 2016

JR East opens first overseas cafe in Singapore

East Japan Railway Co. opened its first cafe overseas in Singapore on Sunday with an eye to setting up more such cafes in Southeast Asia. The travel-themed Japan Rail Cafe is located on the first floor of the newly completed Tanjong Pagar Centre, the ...

Multilingual robot ready to serve visitors in Tokyo Station

Oct 4, 2016

Multilingual robot ready to serve visitors in Tokyo Station

Welcome to Tokyo. Need directions? Ask Emiew3. East Japan Railway Co. has started a pilot project under which a humanoid robot serves visitors in English, Chinese and Japanese. Placed in front of the travel service center at the Marunouchi north exit, the 90-cm, 15-kg ...

JR East revives Hokutosei sleeper train via Tokyo hostel

Sep 7, 2016

JR East revives Hokutosei sleeper train via Tokyo hostel

East Japan Railway Co. will open a new accommodation venture in December featuring an old Hokutosei sleeper train. To be called Train Hostel Hokutosei, it will feature compartments from the now-defunct train complete with bunk beds, JR East said. The lodging facility will be ...