Photo/IllutrationAn artist’s rendition of the exterior view of the “Shikoku Mannaka Sennen Monogatari” tourist train (Provided by Shikoku Railway Co.)

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TAKAMATSU--Foodies will be lining up for Shikoku Railway Co.’s new tourist train, due to start operating along the Dosan Line in April 2017, thanks to its use of seasonal and local produce in on-board meals.

JR Shikoku has teamed with restaurants from Kagawa and Tokushima prefectures so that local food ingredients of the season, such as olives and “hamo” (pike eel), will be used in abundance in the meals served on the train.

The “Shikoku Mannaka Sennen Monogatari” (Tale of 1,000 years across the middle of Shikoku), as the train will be called, will be a limited express with all carriages designated as “Green Cars,” equivalent to first class, with all reserved seats.

Meals to be provided aboard the train, which must be ordered in advance, will come in two types.

“Sanuki Kodawari Shokuzai no Yofu Ryori” (Western-style dish set with select ingredients from the Sanuki region) will be on offer at 5,500 yen ($48) aboard southbound services heading for Oboke, while the 4,500 yen “Otona no Yusan-bako” (Picnic box for adults) will be served on northbound services traveling toward Tadotsu.

Some alcoholic drinks, which will be available for an extra charge, will be served with pieces of Kagawa Shikki lacquerware made by Yoshito Yamashita, a government-designated living national treasure.

The Takamatsu-based railway operator has also released the designs of uniforms to be worn by cabin attendants, five or six of whom will be assigned to a train.

The uniforms will come with Japanese-style components that will match the concept of the car design, and will have one design for spring and summer, and another for autumn and winter, officials said.

“Our promotion campaigns have so far been well received, which has given us a big boost,” said JR Shikoku President Shinji Hani. “We really hope customers will enjoy our services, along with the meals.”

Fares will cost 3,740 yen, including tax, for passengers traveling between Tadotsu and Oboke, and 3,550 yen, also including tax, for travel between Oboke and Zentsuji or Kotohira.