Private rooms now available on some Shinkansen trains in Japan

the person japan loves bullet train Another upgrade is in the works.

Starting in 2026, some trains on the Tokaido Line (Japan’s busiest line), which connects Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka, will have private rooms with doors in the upper sections.

According to a release from JR, the addition of guest rooms is “to meet the diversifying needs of customers due to changes in lifestyle and work style.” Possible reasons for reservations include businessmen who want to hold meetings online, customers who value privacy, and customers who want to relax without worrying about other people.

In addition to private space, these rooms feature Wi-Fi (handy for Zoom calls), air conditioning, reclining seats, and adjustable lighting.

When a new train comes out, there will be two rooms per train. They are not installed on all rapid trains on the Tokaido Line.

This photo illustration shows the state of the private room.  -J.R.

This photo illustration shows the state of the private room. -J.R.

The vehicles that will be installed are green cars, which are first class Shinkansen cars and are more expensive. Even if you purchase a JR Rail Pass, you will need to pay an additional fee to use a private room.

The Tokaido Line is Japan’s first high-speed railway, opened in 1964. To this day, it remains one of the most active lines in the country, with multiple trains departing every hour. These trains reach speeds of 285 km/h (177 mph).

Pricing and reservation information not yet available.

Japan’s high-speed trains have long been popular with locals and tourists alike. However, they have gone through a period of change since their initial launch.

Last year, there was news that the snack service on the Tokyo-Osaka route would be discontinued. There were mixed opinions online..

And while their on-time schedule was famous, a rare exception occurred earlier this month. snake found The Shinkansen bound for Osaka was delayed by 17 minutes.

Editor’s note: CNN’s Junko Ogura contributed reporting.

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