Japan’s world-famous Nozomi bullet train (shinkansen), which travels between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka at speeds up to 320 km/hour, is now available for groups to rent for on-board events and even buyouts, reports Central Japan Railway Company (JR Tokai).
The super-express train has been in the global spotlight lately thanks to the recently released movie, Bullet Train, which is based on a book by Japanese author Kōtarō Isaka and stars Brad Pitt. When it was launched in 1964, the train made day travel to Kyoto and Osaka from Tokyo possible. Today, its travel time from Tokyo to Kyoto is two hours and 15 minutes, and from Tokyo to Osaka the travel time is two hours and 22 minutes.
Now MICE planners can add a “wow” element to their business events by renting a single car, or like the ultimate villain in the movie, renting the whole train. Currently, Central Japan Railway is offering groups the carriages between the 13th and 16th cars in second class and the 8th and 9th cars in first class as well as the full buyout.
Planners can also rent the carriages’ broadcast equipment (monitors, speakers, etc.), take advantage of customization options such as logoed headrest covers, and even have guests dress in crew uniforms.
Reservations must be made at least two months ahead of the event. Information is available from JR Tokai Tours, the railway company’s travel company, and JTB Corporation, a major travel agency in Japan.