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.