TOKYO -- East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) announced on May 8 that its new sightseeing train set to run between the capital and the popular Izu hot spring resort area in Shizuoka Prefecture will be called "Saphir Odoriko."
The limited express train, which will start operations in the spring of 2020, was designed around an image of the blue skies and shining sea of the Izu Peninsula. "Saphir" is the French word for sapphire, and "odoriko" means a professional female dancer in Japanese.
The eight-car train can accommodate 164 passengers and all the seats are "Green Seats," or first-class seats. While three seats are lined up in a row in the Saphir Odoriko's standard Green Cars, the train also has a Premium Green Car, which has only two seats in each row, and two special cars that offer private rooms for groups of four and six people.
The Saphir Odoriko will operate between JR Tokyo or Shinjuku stations and Izukyu-Shimoda Station in the Shizuoka Prefecture city of Shimoda.
(Japanese original by Keigetsu Hirai, City News Department)