Japan’s most famous 'blue train' is now a hostel

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Called the “Train Hostel Hokutosei” the new hostel will utilize bunks and cabin fittings from the now defunct Hokutosei sleeper train

HOKUTOSEI, a limited express sleeping car train, was loved by many people, but disappeared due to the discontinuation of the service. Designed by the OpenA architectural firm the Train Hostel will be directly attached to Bakurocho Station in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward. The Hokutosei was a famous limited express sleeper train that ran a 16 and a half hour journey between Tokyo and Sapporo from 1988 until its final run in August 2015. Named after the Big Dipper Constellation the train was much romanticized, but high speed bullet train services, cheap highway express buses, and affordable domestic flights combined to render the once popular service obsolete. Now rail fans can relive some of the nostalgic appeal of the Hokutosei train by staying in a hostel decked out with fittings recycled from the original carriages.
There are dormitory type rooms (shared) and private rooms, which adopted the actual parts of sleeping car to furnish and decorate the interior in order to create a particular atmosphere in the limited space.

Where is it?

Direct connection from #4 exit of “Bakurocho station” of JR Sobu Line (Rapid)
3 minutes walk from B4 exit of “Higashi Nihonbashi station” of Toei Asakusa Line
3 minutes walk from A1 exit of “Bakurocho station” of Toei Shinjuku Line
About 5 minutes of train ride from Tokyo station to “Bakurocho station” of JR Sobu Line
Directly connected to JR Bakurocho station, Train Hostel Hokutosei has a good location as the base for your trip to Eastern Japan

What you need to know before reservation:
Paying: cash only at front desk.
● Children under the age of 4 years old are asked to refrain from staying here. Children under the age of 5 - 15 years old can stay only with a guardian.
● High school students and above 16 years old are welcome to stay even on their own.
● This is a non-smoking facility.
● When you wish to cancel after 2 days before the day of arrival, cancellation fee will be charged.

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