Railway fans and sightseers both will be delighted to know that a beautiful new sightseeing train is being introduced on the Fujikyu Line that runs to Mount Fuji. The new model “Fujisan View Express” will be introduced this spring to mark the 90th anniversary of the Fuji Kyuko Railway. It will replace the already popular Fujisan Express #2000 series which is due to be retired in February.
The Fujikyu Line is the closest train line to Mount Fuji. Though highway bus services from Shinjuku are a faster and more efficient way to reach the famous mountain, they are certainly not as comfortable, and do not present such an enjoyable and scenic route. Now this already pleasant train journey to Japan’s best known World Heritage Site, will receive a significant upgrade!
The new three car train has a dynamic bright metallic exterior coating, and a spacious interior with large windows that will present breathtaking 180 degree panoramic views as the train rolls through the countryside. Inside the carriages are decked with wood paneling throughout, to create a cozy hotel lobby like feel, and passengers will be served unique Fujisan View Express sweets and refreshments. What better way to encounter the grandeur of Mount Fuji!
This new train has been designed by the award winning designer and illustrator Eiji Mitooka of Don Design Associates. Eiji Mitooka, over a long and varied career has worked on many architectural and railway projects, including in recent years, several refurbishments and renovations of trains and stations on the Fujikyuko Line. True to his name, the illustrations he has created for his latest project look absolutely stunning.
Passengers traveling from Tokyo, should take the JR Chuo Line from Shinjuku Station and then transfer to the Fujikyuko Line at Otsuki Station. The Express journey from Otsuki Station to Kawaguchiko Station lasts 45 minutes, during which brief stops are made at Tsurubunka Daigaku-mae Station, Fujisan Station and Fujikyu Highland Station. An additional 300 yen will be charged on top of the normal fare for Fujisan View Express passengers. Light meals will available on board.
Article by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.