Photo/IllutrationAn artist’s rendition of the long-distance train West Express Ginga (Provided by West Japan Railway Co.)

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West Japan Railway Co. (JR West) will start services linking the Keihanshin area with the Sanin and Sanyo regions in spring 2020, using a long-distance train designed on the themes of “casual” and “relaxing.”

JR West announced in March that the train’s name is West Express Ginga (Galaxy), and it likens western Japan to the universe and attractions along the line to stars.

The outside of the train will be colored lapis lazuli blue in the image of the sea and sky, while long white lines will be painted on the sides.

The six-car train can accommodate around 100 passengers for both daytime and nighttime travel.

Passengers can lie down on the flat seats in the train.

All areas of the fourth car, along with part of the third and sixth cars, will be used as spaces where passengers can freely interact with each other and do other tasks.

The price, including both the normal fare and the express fee, is estimated at 10,000 yen ($89.67) for a trip from Osaka to Izumoshi Station in Shimane Prefecture, according to JR West.