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Japan to offer bullet train service with footbath

Published on Mar 5, 2014 4:47 PM
JR East will be a launching a bullet train service in July which will have a carriage equipped with footbaths to let passengers soothe their feet. The train will ply the route between Fukushima and Yamagata prefectures. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's super-speedy bullet train is to offer passengers a chance to soothe their tired feet as they zip through the countryside, in a carriage equipped with footbaths.

JR East will launch the service in July, with one carriage on the "shinkansen" bullet train having two 2.4-metre-long tubs facing windows.

Bathing is a ritualised and highly-prized activity in Japan and the footbaths are intended as places for passengers to relax rather than to clean their feet.

The train, named Toreiyu - a combination of the English "train", the French "soleil" and "yu", the Japanese word for hot water - will also have a car with a bar counter and tatami-mat flooring with tables made from cherrywood.

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