Luxury sleeper train Mizukaze departs from Osaka on first run

/ Jun 17, 2017

Luxury sleeper train Mizukaze departs from Osaka on first run

West Japan Railway Co. launched its latest tourist draw Saturday, a 10-coach luxury sleeper train called a "hotel on wheels." Since February, when the plan was announced, the Twilight Express Mizukaze has proven popular even months before services began in western Japan. On Saturday morning, the ...

Apr 25, 2017

Victims of JR West derailment remembered 12 years after tragedy

The families of the 107 people killed in a 2005 train derailment in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, observed the 12th anniversary of the disaster on Tuesday and mourned the victims of the accident apparently caused by inadequate safety measures. West Japan Railway Co., also known as ...

JR West unveils 10-coach luxury express train

Feb 23, 2017

JR West unveils 10-coach luxury express train

West Japan Railway Co. on Thursday unveiled its 10-coach luxury "Twilight Express Mizukaze" train which has proven popular even months before the start of its services through western Japan in June. "The train realizes the concept of a hotel running through beautiful Japan. We hope ...

JR West's superluxury sleeper train to debut in June 2017

Nov 30, 2016

JR West's superluxury sleeper train to debut in June 2017

West Japan Railway Co.'s Twilight Express Mizukaze superluxury sleeper train will go into service on June 17, with tickets ranging from ¥270,000 to ¥1.25 million, the railway operator said Tuesday. Reservations will open on Dec. 5. The train will offer four one-way overnight trips and one ...

Warnings issued ahead of Japan release of 'Pokemon Go'

Jul 21, 2016

Warnings issued ahead of Japan release of 'Pokemon Go'

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Excitement for the imminent Japan launch of "Pokemon Go" has reached such fever pitch that government authorities and business executives are warning prospective gamers against accidents even before its release. The National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC) under the Cabinet Office ...

Jun 30, 2016

JR West bullet trains halted for five hours due to power outage

Shinkansen bullet train services in western Japan were suspended for more than five hours from the first train of the day due to a power outage Thursday morning, affecting around 21,400 people, operator West Japan Railway Co. said. The electrical outage occurred at around 5:30 ...

/ Feb 25, 2016

Sanyo Shinkansen Line to get major overhaul from 2028

The aging Sanyo Shinkansen Line will undergo major renovations from 2028, the line's operator said Wednesday. The work on bridges, tunnels and embankments will take a decade. West Japan Railway Co., known as JR West, estimates the total cost at ¥155.7 billion, part of which ...