This Kyoto Train Sure Is Beautiful

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Photo: Hankyu

When traveling from Osaka to Kyoto, why not do it in style. Hankyu Corporation, which already operates some of the prettiest trains in Japan, is rolling out a new one called Kyo-train Garaku.

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Illustration for article titled This Kyoto Train Sure Is Beautiful
Photo: Hankyu
Illustration for article titled This Kyoto Train Sure Is Beautiful
Image: Hankyu
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According to Hankyu, the term garaku contains the meaning of “gracefulness.” The cars are designed to let visitors soak up the views, and each one is connected to different seasons.

The cars are outfitted with sliding doors, miniature rock gardens, and covered in traditional fabrics, designs, and tatami.

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The Kyo-train Garaku is in use in Umeda (Osaka) and Kawaramachi (Kyoto) during weekends between and holidays and does not cost any additional fees.

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For more, check out the train’s official site.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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ginomolinari
gina molinari

I lived in the UK for like a decade and the first thing I thought when I saw this was “wow, if they did something like this in England it’d take less than a day for it to be completely destroyed by vandalism” and I am very sad now