….is cool! A double decker.
Our train was from Osaka to Tokyo; this was mid-journey for the train, so we had from 12.32am to 12.34am to hop on. Exactly.
You can use a Japan Rail Pass and pay a supplement. Because the supplement was only £50 each we thought we were in standard class, but we had a private room each. The rest of the train consists of twin bunk rooms and sleeping berths in communal cabins. It looked like it had just been unwrapped.
It’s a good idea to reserve in advance. There were almost no spaces left a week before travel – and you need to wait till you get to Japan to reserve at a JR office.
What a great way to travel! The lower cabin windows are at platform height. There’s space for a bed, a shelf along the side for a bag, and a small section of floor space for a suitcase. The twin bunk rooms have a little more floor space., but then you’d have two bags. There’s a mirror, heating, a plug, an alarm, a coat hanger for your clothes, a pair of slippers, stripy jammies and bedding. The pillow was like those beanbags you heat in the microwave, which moulds to your head.
The train rocks a bit but I had a good night’s sleep. Before you get your jammies on, wait a few minute because the conductor will come round to check tickets. You can buy a shower voucher in the morning if you fancy a shower, or there are wash cubicles where you can go to do your teeth. Remember a towel, or something to dry yourself with.
About an hour before the final stop, there was a wake up announcement over the tannoy. The train pulled into Tokyo just after 7 in the morning.