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Japan's train lovers get a taste for ultraluxury

Gourmet day trips show that the journey is the true destination

Passengers get ready to board the Royal Express at Yokohama Station.

TOKYO A new era of luxury train travel is emerging in Japan, as the country's railway operators make use of its extensive rail network in a time of a declining, aging population.

"Everything was great, from the view to the live music on board," said a Tokyoite in his 50s who had taken the Royal Express with his wife.

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