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Hello Kitty bullet train to debut on Sanyo Line this summer

Mar 15, 2018

Hello Kitty bullet train to debut on Sanyo Line this summer

West Japan Railway Co. (JR West) will launch a Hello Kitty-themed bullet train on the Sanyo Shinkansen Line this summer, the railway operator says. A Kodama train featuring Sanrio Co.'s popular kitten character will consist of eight 500-series cars on the line that connects Osaka ...

Shinkansen halted in Nagoya after oil leak and cracked frame found

Dec 13, 2017

Shinkansen halted in Nagoya after oil leak and cracked frame found

West Japan Railway Co. (JR West) reported what is the first recorded "serious incident," a designation in the transport ministry's accident-classification system introduced in 2001, on a shinkansen after a crack and oil leak were discovered underneath a running bullet train bound for Tokyo. "Serious ...

Dec 1, 2017

JR-West Hotels opens first overseas branch in Singapore

West Japan Railway Hotel Development Ltd., a hotel chain operator in western Japan, opened its first overseas branch in Singapore on Friday, in a bid to attract more tourists from Southeast Asia and Oceania to Japan. Amid a surge in visitors from the region to ...

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 ...