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New way to see west Japan in style: Take the bus

Luxury tours target overseas visitors and seniors with yen to spend

A current Shinki Bus luxury coach

TOKYO -- Buses are going upscale in western Japan, as operators follow the example of luxury sleeper train tours that have become hot tickets.

Next spring, bus companies will launch sightseeing tours geared toward international visitors and wealthy seniors. The idea is to take passengers around the region's popular destinations -- including Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe -- in comfort and style.

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