A new luxury tourist train in Japan has launched offering visitors the chance to ride in style from Yokohama (near Tokyo) to the Izu Peninsula with its hot springs and picturesque coastlines.

The Royal Express will give passengers the chance to enjoy an elegant experience as they dine and listen to live musical performances while travelling. At around 100 people, the new addition has one of the highest passenger capacities of any tourist train in the country.

Passengers can choose from one-way tickets with a meal included or a selection of three different ‘cruise plans’, each including a return train journey, meals, overnight accommodation and sightseeing activities in Izu.

Cruise plans are only open to groups with children aged 13 and above; however, its family-friendly Gold Class carriages feature specially designed family seats where parents and small children can sit together.

Passengers will also be able to access purpose-built facilities at Yokohama station before boarding including a private waiting room, which is only open to Royal Express passengers, and a café.

A one-way three hour journey will cost between 25,000 yen (£172) and 35,000 yen (£241) per person, while the cruise plans start from 135,000 (£930) per person based on two to four people sharing a room.

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