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Interior of a 'ryokan' or Japanese traditional-style hotel in Mt. Houraiji, Aichi Prefecture. (Shutterstock/Rei Imagine)
The Japanese Hankyu Railway company unveiled its new Kyotrain Garaku this month, showing off a mix of modern Japanese train technology and traditional ryokan aesthetics.
The trains’ interior resembles that of a Japanese inn, complete with gardens, tatami and shoji-inspired sliding doors. They also feature the modern comforts of Wi-Fi and announcements in English, Chinese and Korean alongside standard Japanese, according to The Lonely Planet.
The train will start operating in March 2019 and will serve passengers on a 45-minute long journey on the Kyoto line, with stops at Karasuma, Katsura, Awaji and Juso. The fare is the same as a ticket from Kyoto to Osaka, which is 400 yen (US$3.6).
The ryokan is deeply rooted in the Japanese concept of omotenashi (hospitality) and is commonly very peaceful and minimalist, in line with the philosophy of Zen, according to The Guardian.
The aesthetic of the ryokan has appeared in many movies, as the ryokan was used frequently by Japan’s samurai and ronin. It is usually a family-run inn established close to an onsen (hot spring) and are popular with both Japanese and international tourists. (acr/wng)
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