A Dining Car turned into a restaurant named Grand Chariot

A Dining Car turned into a restaurant named Grand Chariot
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A dining car of the blue sleeper express, Hokutosei, has been revived as an Italian restaurant in Kawaguchi.

The interior and exterior of the dining car have remained almost unchanged. The restaurant is popular among railway enthusiasts as they can feel like they are traveling on an elegant train.

The restaurant, named Grand Chariot, is located within the Pure Village Nagura no Sato, a complex about 600 meters southeast of JR Higashi-Kawaguchi Station.

The operation of the dining car, which was transferred from East Japan Railway Co.’s Omiya rolling stock center by a large trailer, started on May 1. The restaurant takes its name from a nickname for the Hokutosei’s dining car when it was in operation.

The restaurant has a total of 28 seats with two-seater and four-seater tables. Lamps, chairs, curtains and carpet have remained as they were.

Shinnosuke Yamazaki, 34, director at Pure Food Planning Co., operator of the facility that purchased the dining car, said, “Even people who have never gotten on Hokutosei will be able to sense the atmosphere of the train.”

According to JR East, there were four dining cars on Hokutosei. The dining car used here is the only one revived as a restaurant, as the other three cars were either demolished or otherwise disposed of.

The restaurant is closed on Wednesdays. Reservations are required, as are tickets for seats. They cost ¥250 for primary school students and ¥500 for middle school students and older.

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