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JR East to offer sightseeing train ‘Satono’ for southern Tohoku

The Asahi Shimbun
January 27, 2023 (Japan)

The Satono sightseeing train is set to make its debut in or around spring 2024 in the southern Tohoku region. (Provided by East Japan Railway Co.’s Tohoku Area Headquarters)

East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) announced plans to introduce a new sightseeing train that will operate mainly in Miyagi, Fukushima and Yamagata prefectures of the southern Tohoku region in or around spring 2024.

With a maximum passenger capacity of 59, the train, named “Satono,” will be remodeled from the two-car Resort Asunaro sightseeing service currently running on the JR Ominato Line in Aomori Prefecture and other routes.

Accommodating 25 passengers, the first car will mainly be fitted out with box seats for up to four people. The base color of the exterior will be painted green in tribute to the mountains and natural features in the region.

The second car, which can carry up to 34 passengers, will feature reclining seats. It will be painted in blue and other colors in a nod to the sea and rivers of Tohoku.

JR East plans to operate the Satono in conjunction with seasonal events in the three prefectures and other special occasions.


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