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Japanese hotels offer railroad rooms to attract train spotters

New breed of features include driving simulators, station views and digital detox

Asakusa Tobu Hotel in Tokyo has installed a Tobu Railway training simulator in a guest room.

TOKYO -- Hard-pressed to fill their rooms due to the scourge of COVID-19, many Japanese hotels are offering new programs and services targeted at specific consumer groups. One growing new trend in the struggling industry is rail-themed rooms and services aimed at railway enthusiasts.

Rooms with a train simulator are available for hard-core train buffs. Train spotters can book rooms with an exhilarating view of a large and busy train station. These rooms and services are aimed at not just rail fans but also at people who want to enjoy a taste of traveling without actually making a long journey amid COVID restrictions.

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