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Kintetsu announces new Hinotori express train

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Yavianice

 

https://www.kintetsu.co.jp/senden/hinotori/

 

Will run between Osaka and Nagoya starting March 14, 2020.

 

In some aspects it looks to me a bit like the bastard child of the GSE and the E653. A good looking train though.

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HankyuDentetsu

Really liking this. I had the pleasure of travelling to Ise by 近鉄50000系 Shimakaze Limited Express; the seating looks very similar to the Premium Cars coming to Hinotori. The Shimkaze was probably the most comfortable and luxurious train ride I've ever had.

 

According to https://tabiris.com/archives/kintetsu-hinotori/ it looks like they've priced it well, at 4,540 yen for regular and 5,240 for Premium. Does anyone know how it stacks up against Shinkansen services in terms of journey times? Obviously if you wish to begin or end your journey in Namba rather than Shin Osaka, I'd imagine the time saved on Shinkansen is eaten into quite significantly?

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Yavianice

With the Shinkansen it's about 90 minutes to Nagoya, starting from Osaka Namba. With the Kintetsu Ltd. express it's about 130 minutes. But the Shinkansen is 6060 yen, so a bit more expensive (and more inconvenient and crowded since you have to switch more from Osaka Central).

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katoftw

Also a lot of tourist from Asian countries whom visit Kansai travel on Kintetsu more regularly as it is cheaper. I hazard a guess this train is more aimed at them.

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railsquid

As a point-to-point service it's not going to compete much with the Shinkansen on speed or convenience, but I imagine residents of the towns along the route served by this train appreciate the express service to either Osaka or Nagoya.

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Sheffie

Looks very nice. Definitely something I would consider buying the model for. 

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