Rail travel in Japan will reach new heights of luxury in 2017 with the launch of new cruise train – Twilight Express Mizukaze, operated by JR West. Conceived as a luxury hotel on the wheels with the touch of nostalgia, this train will be 10 cars long, consisting of a dining car, a lounge car, six sleeper cars and the two sightseeing cars, which come complete with outdoor viewing platforms on the ends. Mizukaze will have a capacity of 30 passengers.
Menus will be overseen by top-class chefs, showcasing a variety of ingredients from along the route, and will be freshly prepared on board. Japan’s most Michelin-starred chef, Yoshihiro Murata of Kikunoi in Kyoto and now Tokimeitei in London strives to popularize washoku (Japanese cuisine), which is recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage, across Japan and the world. Mizutake guests will be able to enjoy and gain a deeper understanding of washoku and the region’s cuisine through his specially designed menus.Hajime Yoneda of Hajime restaurant in Osaka expresses his grand world view through his innovative culinary creations with uncompromising dedication.
These chefs will draw on their experience, wisdom and skill to deliver the very best of West Japan’s rich cuisine for Mizukzae passengers. – Mizukaze literally means fresh wind, and can also be read as a joyous wind which brings fortune. The name expresses the idea of the new Twilight Express bringing joy to beautiful Japan, the “Land of Abundance” (or Mizuho-no-kuni, an ancient name for Japan).
Mizukaze will launch on 16th June 2017, but tickets for this train can only be purchased in Japan.