Heading for a trip to Japan? You can’t afford to miss the experience of the new special luxury suite in the northern city of Nagano. Wondering what’s so nice about it? Now, it’s quite normal for a suite including a spa and all those other luxuries. But ever heard of a railway model set in a luxury suite?
If you are an ardent train lover, you are going to love your stay at the Hotel Metropolitan, Nagano. Believed to be the largest indoor model railway of its kind in the country, it includes a string of miniature real life tourist attractions in Nagano, including Zenkoji temple, inner city skyscrapers and snowcapped mountains. The diorama measures 6 meters by nearly 2 meters wide. The hotel’s railway model also features four different kinds of electric model trains in operation, including the Asama “shinkansen” bullet train which runs between Tokyo and Nagano.
Furthermore, as the hotel is located just opposite the city’s main JR Nagano station, train-loving guests can watch real life bullet trains pulling out of the station from their suite window. The hotel is owned by JR East, which operates train services in the eastern part of Japan, and the idea to put a train set in a suite is part of efforts to promote tourism in Nagano and the company’s earnings. The room is almost fully booked on weekends for the rest of the year while weekday bookings are also filling up.
The model took two months to design, a month to construct and a further 10 days to install in the room. The room costs Y88,000 ($1090) per night. For people traveling on tighter budgets, the room can be rented out by the hour for just Y3,000 ($37.19).