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Crazy Japanese High-Speed Train Amenity: Footbaths!

Where: Japan
March 10, 2014 at 4:22 PM | by | ()

Have you ever been on a high-speed train and, out of nowhere, felt the urge to dip your feet into a nice warm bath while you watch scenery wizz by the window? Most likely your answer is "no," but now you can do just that, thanks to Japan Rail's introduction of luxury foot-baths on their trains this July.

To start, the JR East services will sport the luxury foot-baths for the high season of summer travel. Passengers on the Tokyo to Shin-Aomori route and other cities northeast of the capital will be able to relax while soaking their feet in a traditional bath.

Not only is relaxing on the agenda while you're traveling at speeds topping 200 mph, but sightseeing while soaking isn't a problem, either. One car will feature an almost 8-foot-long tub next to the windows, so missing the passing views won't be a problem. If you'd rather ride the bullet train without getting wet, the special train will also offer a lounge car with a bar counter (sake bombs?), a car of standard seats, and three tatami-mat (traditional Japanese floor mats) passenger cars.

The foot bath train will run for 120 days or so every year, mainly on holidays and weekends; all seats require reservations, so make sure you plan in advance and look for the E3-series train when booking. Eventually, all Shinkansen trains will offer the baths to dip your dogs.

[Rendering: East Japan Railway]

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