OSAKA -- Special train-themed rooms featuring paraphernalia including actual seating used in express trains and a driving simulator will be unveiled at an Osaka hotel on Oct. 26.
Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka, a hotel which offers extended stays and is located beside Nankai Electric Railway Co.'s Namba Station in the city of Osaka's Naniwa Ward, renovated its guest rooms on the 10th floor into the train-themed suite. A Nankai Railway representative promoted the new rooms as "a special space housing the world of railway trains."
According to Nankai Railway, the hotel installed a 77-square-meter "train room" suite -- the largest in the hotel. The suite comprises a living room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It is also furnished with cooking equipment, and up to four people can stay in the suite if spare rollaway beds are used. Accommodation fees for the suite start at 39,000 yen (roughly $370) per night.
Seats from Nankai's "Southern" limited express train have been placed in the living room, while the interior design and collection of train-themed objects vary in each bedroom. One bedroom is adorned with wallpaper showing a picture of Nankai's "rapi:t" airport express train, and includes a train simulator that allows guests to virtually experience driving the train. In another bedroom with glass walls, a table used in "rapi:t" trains is set up in a space that overlooks the area around the hotel.
The railway operator also paid attention to elaborate details such as equipping rooms with original Nankai Railway tableware, books and DVDs related to trains, along with rail car plates used for decorative purposes, among other items.
A Nankai Railway public relations representative commented, "Guests returning from sightseeing will be able to experience never-ending fun."
Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka opened in October 2010, and its operations are being entrusted to Frasers Hospitality, whose head office is based in Singapore. Booking rates of rooms have apparently fallen to around 30% of those in a normal year due to the novel coronavirus.
(Japanese original by Masaki Takahashi, Osaka City News Department)