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Panda-themed train to link Kyoto, Osaka to Wakayama Adventure World

A concept image of the front of the Panda Kuroshio limited express train (Image courtesy of West Japan Railway Co.)

A special panda-themed train is set to connect Kyoto and Osaka with Wakayama Adventure World, home to five popular giant pandas, for the 30th anniversary of West Japan Railway Co. this year and the 40th anniversary of the theme park next year.

    The "Panda Kuroshio 'Smile Adventure Train'" features the redesigned lead car of the Kuroshio limited express, which runs from JR Kyoto Station to Shingu Station in Wakayama Prefecture via Shin-Osaka, Tennoji, Wakayama and other stations. It will begin its travels on Aug. 5, linking the urban centers of Kyoto and Osaka to Adventure World in Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, which is home to five giant pandas.

    A concept image of the interior of the Panda Kuroshio limited express train (Image courtesy of West Japan Railway Co.)

    Along with the redesigned train car featuring the black and white face of a giant panda, the seats throughout the train will also been fitted with panda-themed headrest covers. Additionally, the exterior sides and the interior doors on the six-car train will be decorated with images of popular Adventure World attractions, such as lions and polar bears.

    According to the Wakayama Branch of JR West, there is only one panda-themed train, and the train's schedule varies daily. As there are days on which the train does not run, passengers cannot reserve seats specifically on the panda-themed train. The train is planned to be in service until around November 2019.

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