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Ride the rails in style aboard Japan's 10 best tourist trains

Local delicacies and rich interiors are a window on a bygone era of luxury

Echigo Tokimeki Resort Setsugekka's large windows afford sweeping views of the scenery. (Photo by Hideyuki Miura) 

TOKYO -- Since the debut of the luxury Seven Stars train on Japan's southwestern island of Kyushu in 2013, sightseeing trains have drawn renewed interest among travelers. These resorts on rails offer everything from fine cuisine made with local produce to opportunities to meet people along the route.

New trains aimed at leisure travelers have appeared in Japan one after another in recent years. Here are a few of the trains that have rolled onto the tracks since 2015. 

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