Shimakaze Premium Express Luxury Train
Shimakaze Premium Express Luxury Train しまかぜ: the Kintetsu Shimakaze Premium Express runs once daily from both Nagoya Kintetsu and Osaka Namba Station.
Shimakaze Premium Express Luxury Train しまかぜ
The Shimakaze calls at Ise, Uji Yamada, Toba and Ugata from both Nagoya and Osaka. From Nagoya the Shimakaze also stops at Yokkaichi in Mie. From Namba there are stops at Uehommachi, Tsuruhashi and Yamatoyagi. Foreign visitors can use their Kintetsu Rail Pass or Kintetsu Rail Pass Wide on the train. Check with your travel agent where you bought your ticket or your local JTB office.
This lovely train purrs on the rails to Kashikojima Station (賢島駅) in Shima, Mie Prefecture. The Shimakaze went into operation in March 2013 and the luxury train service has leather reclining seats with a massage function, luggage lockers, a cafe and party rooms. The service at your seat includes coffee, snacks and craft beer.
The Shimakaze leaves Osaka Namba at 10.40 am on weekdays and 10.20 am on weekends arriving in Kashikojima at 12.59 pm and 12.46 pm respectively. The Nagoya Shimakaze service leaves at 10.25 am throughout the week, arriving in Kashikojima at 12.25 pm.
Japan's Luxury Trains
This luxury service is one of Japan's several luxury trains. Others include the Twilight Express Mizukaze (トワイライトエクスプレス 瑞風), the Train Suite Shiki Shima (四季島), the Seven Stars (ななつ星in九州) and the Sunrise Izumo (サンライズ出雲) from Tokyo Station to Izumo.