ICHIBANSEN/nextstations replaces walls with windows in japanese local sightseeing train ICHIBANSEN/nextstations replaces walls with windows in japanese local sightseeing train
jun 08, 2016

ICHIBANSEN/nextstations replaces walls with windows in japanese local sightseeing train

ICHIBANSEN/nextstations replaces walls with windows in japanese local sightseeing train
(above) running train with mt. myoko in the background
all images courtesy of ichibansen




japan-based ICHIBANSEN/nextstations (yasuyuki kawanishi, yuri sasai and tomohiro himeno) has unveiled a local sightseeing train called ‘echigo TOKImeki resort setsugekka’. starting its operation in the west part of the niigata prefecture, the locomotive has changed some of its walls for windows, resulting in marvelous views. consisting of only two coaches and 45 seats, the first car is completely dedicated to observation while the second one hosts a french restaurant.

the vermillion body of the train glows along the japan sea




the concept behind the design of the exterior, interior and the experience inside the train was about making it local. to do so, the structure’s body was painted in a vermillion red that allows it to glow with the nature as it moves along the japanese landscape. as for the interiors, the furniture was made of domestic natural lumber and the food in the restaurant includes sake and plates produced with local products. passengers will be part of a one-of-a-kind experience once they ride the train with the largest window in japan, offering views of both the mountains and ocean.

panoramic view deck located on the head of the train

picture taken at the test ride event
image © toru iwasa / jiyujin 

car no.1 is an observation car

every seat has a marvelous view from the largest train window in japan

the floor of the cafe & bar is made of kawara tile brought from the niigata prefecture

car no.2 is a restaurant car

the special view compartment has only 4 seats

special french lunch served on board the train
image © toru iwasa / jiyujin 

interior design plan and elevation



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edited by: juliana neira | designboom

  • That’s so cool!!! In my next trip to Japan, I’ll take this train!

    protounivers says:
  • love it, imagine this in a train crossing the Alps for example

    sworddesign says:
  • Very cool

    Objective Product says:
  • Only the Japanese have this sense of beautiful design. Congratulations on bringing the outside scenery inside for passangers to experience a pleasant journey.

    Dr Greg Powell says:

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