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Using On Japan’s Most Futuristic Luxurious Liner

There might have been a good quantity of train-related posts on Tokyo Fox in the previous couple of years (stations, dangle-trains, railway cafes, Metro challenges and many others) however with regards to precise trains I do know little or no. I wasn’t even conscious of this futuristic luxurious liner till my spouse stated that she wished to trip on it. Inside a few weeks a plan had been made to trip on it with our ever-faithful canine becoming a member of us too for a uncommon outing (for him!) past the borders of Tokyo.

The rounded entrance provides it a really sci-fi look

This silver-coloured spaceship-style restricted specific prepare often called Laview runs each hour between Ikebukuro and Seibu-Chichibu in Saitama with stops at Tokorozawa, Irumashi, Hanno, and Yokoze. Plainly Seibu Railway have been working it since 2019 with the title being concocted from the phrases Luxury dwelling areas, arrow-like velocity and view.

The latter is presumably all the way down to the expanded view that’s potential as a result of massive glass home windows (1.35 metres tall and 1.58 metres vast) which additionally means the carriages are lighter than common. Possibly the mustard-yellow seats, in addition to the smooth oblique lighting, additionally helps to make it lighter than on a daily prepare.

The prepare trip was tremendous clean and the seats had been trendy, smooth and actually comfy though I may nonetheless have completed with slightly bit extra leg room. Or possibly the seats may have been a number of inches increased to permit for my shins to suit underneath the seat in entrance.


It price 1700 yen to journey on this liner to Chichibu which might often price 900 yen on the common Seibu Ikebukuro trains. It took 80 minutes which is about half-hour faster than the common trains though all of it depends upon how rapidly you may change at Hanno station.

Friday the thirteenth was the date after we took this journey and I’m certain you all know what often occurs on such a date. Yep, completely nothing.

The advantage of the large home windows was that the canine may see out of them as a rule. For the report, canines ought to be saved absolutely of their luggage or instances however with only a few individuals on board we allowed him a bit extra freedom.


Seibu Chichibu station was the ultimate vacation spot and it had an attention-grabbing exterior.

As we made our solution to Hitsujiyama Park we noticed the prepare in motion and it seemed much more spectacular to see it cruising previous.

We didn’t return to Seibu-Chichibu station as I realised on the best way that Yokoze station was a extra handy finish level which means that we didn’t must backtrack in any respect.

Taking Laview again to Tokyo was by no means a certainty as we’d already skilled it however finally we determined it was price doing once more.

This time I took the window seat as we headed backwards to Hanno station the place it then modifications course. For individuals who don’t like going backwards (or forwards!) or need to sit as a bunch of 4, I ought to level out that it’s potential to spin the seats round.


In fact you may go on Laview for a shorter time however experiencing the luxurious trip for the total distance for simply 800 yen further was nicely price it and supplied us with a reasonably easy half-day journey out of Tokyo!

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