We're used to seeing Japan get all the cool stuff - like adorable Kirby Cafes and amazing Pokémon stores - but sometimes even the country's public transport gets in on the action.
The video above, shared by Japan's national rail service, shows off the 'Pokémon With You' train which travels between Ichinoseki Station and Kesennuma Station. It was originally launched in 2012 in the hopes of bringing happiness to those who had been affected by the Tohoku region earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, and was then updated in 2017.
It doesn't operate all year round, but offers an experience unlike anything you'd see on your regular train service. Designed mostly with children in mind, the Pokémon With You train is full of Pikachu artwork, plush, and everything in between. There are two carriages to choose from: the 'Communication' carriage for parents to relax in, and the 'Playroom' carriage for kids to play around in.
We're quite lucky we don't live in Japan really - we'd never have enough money or time to experience all of these amazing places and activities.
I love Japan. I really, really do.
Yep, that's pretty adorable
How cute ! 😃
Pikachu is almost everywhere in Japan.
That is just...haunting!
Yes, it's cute. But it's nightmare fuel cuteness! Like, I am waiting to go through a tunnel and come out the other side in a blood-soaked train and a smiling little girl holding a Pikachu head.
I'm surprised Pokemon aren't on their coins like we have the queen, to be honest.
Japan actually has quite a few theme trains. They are rather popular marketing gimmicks. There was an Evangelion theme bullet train at one point that was real cool.
In my area we have a "beer train" which is a train that runs around Lake Biwa - largest lake in Japan and is "all you can drink" for the ride. Each car of the train is one of the 4 seasons and anime girls in different seasonal outfits, serving the beer are painted all over the train.
Yes, I'm serious. It's quite fun.
Pika Choo Choo
I'm a kid at heart, does that get me onto that special car?
I really wish train transport was more widespread here in the States these days. Themed trains would be cool!
That's just the thing to do in japan.
Lal, I read „Take a pee inside“ the train.
So wholesome. Would love to have trains like this in the UK designed for family days out.
Man, Japan always get the coolest stuff.
It's all fun and games until there's a Slowpoke blocking the station.....
Ohhhh @ThanosReXXX buddy......
@NEStalgia Wow... Pokémon AND trains? You must think you've died and gone to heaven...
Well, this is my stop, so I'm getting off at the next station.
@ThanosReXXX You forgot to use a Poke Doll and couldn't get away......
@NEStalgia What's that? Can't exactly hear you over the noise of the train leaving the station that I'm currently standing on. And besides: I'm a Mad Titan. Getting off a train is hardly the toughest thing I've ever done...
My list of reasons to visit Japan continues to grow.
They need to throw in a Pichu or a Ditto-Pikachu in there
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