RailJapan’s new express rail services target key tourist destinations.

It’s been a ‘rail’ pleasure: From Tokyo to Mount Fuji in two hours flat

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A newly-launched express rail service now connects Tokyo to Yamanashi, near the famed Mount Fuji, in just under two hours. Photo Credit: Stossi mammot/Getty Images
A new express rail service launched in Japan last week now takes passengers from Tokyo to Mount Fuji in just under two hours. 

East Japan Railway’s Fuji Kaiyu (excursion) limited express runs from Tokyo's JR Shinjuku Station to Kawaguchiko Station in Yamanashi Prefecture, near the famed Mount Fuji, Yomiuri Shimbun reported.

The service also runs with Kaiji, another limited express service, to Otsuki Station in the prefecture, before separating to continue its run on the Fujikyuko Railway Line. 

Nearly 32.16 million tourists have visited the area, according to the Yamanashi prefectural government in 2017, thanks to increased interest in sites Mount Fuji, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and to Lake Kawaguchi.

Tourists travelling from Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station previously had to change trains at Otsuki Station, with the exception of direct services available on holidays.

Separately, West Japan Railway has fully opened its Osaka Higashi Line, offering direct services between Shin-Osaka Station, a Shinkansen stop, and Nara Station in about an hour.

Previously, tourists bound for Nara had to switch trains at Osaka or Kyoto stations. The new line expects to attract more visitors to visit Todaiji temple and other tourist spots in Nara.

Seibu Railway has launched a new limited express called Laview between Tokyo's Ikebukuro Station and Seibu-Chichibu Station in Saitama Prefecture.

Tobu Railway launched a new limited express named Kawagoe Tokkyu, which cuts the time between Ikebukuro and Kawagoe Station in Saitama Prefecture to 26 minutes at the shortest.

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