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 ...

Train featuring Japanese athletes debuts on Yamanote Line

Aug 1, 2016

Train featuring Japanese athletes debuts on Yamanote Line

A special Yamanote Line train designed to cheer on Japanese athletes at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics made its debut Monday on Tokyo’s busy loop line. East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) designed the 11-car train in conjunction with Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., ...

Penguin park opens in Shinjuku

Jul 16, 2016

Penguin park opens in Shinjuku

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JR Shinjuku Station held a ceremony to unveil a new park and bronze penguin statue representing the mascot for East Japan Railway Co.’s (JR East) Suica IC card at its recently opened south exit, on Saturday. Station officials hope the nature-themed artwork will rival ...

JR East to rebuild Tokyo's Harajuku Station amid tourism boom

Jun 7, 2016

JR East to rebuild Tokyo's Harajuku Station amid tourism boom

East Japan Railway Co. plans to rebuild the Harajuku Station building in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, amid increasing numbers of passengers passing through the facility, which dates from the 1920s. Sources said Monday a rebuild is considered necessary ahead of the 2020 Olympics, when even ...

JR East to offer luxury train tours of northern Japan

May 12, 2016

JR East to offer luxury train tours of northern Japan

East Japan Railway Co. will start luxury train tours using the 10-car Train Suite Shiki-Shima next May 1, JR East President Tetsuro Tomita has said. Between May and June 2017, JR East will offer two-day and four-day trips. Ticket prices will range between ¥320,000 ...