The highlight of JR’s Go! Waku Waku Trip with Mickey is the Mickey Mouse Shinkansen, which promises a waku waku ("fun and exciting") journey for passengers. Each of the train’s six cars is decorated with illustrations of the Disney mascot enjoying a summertime trip, with localized touches such as a Japanese-style watermelon and a traditional bathing basin and washcloth to be used in an onsen hot spring.
The theme continues on the inside, with a revamped interior featuring imagery of Mickey ears on the ubiquitous straw hats Japanese kids wear to keep the sun off their faces during summer vacation.
And, of course, there’s a slew of limited-edition merchandise such as pouches, notebooks and pins with the Mickey Shinkansen artwork, which can be purchased onboard the train and in stations it stops at and adjacent shopping centers.
However, in keeping with the promotion’s campaign of exploring far afield, the Mickey Mouse Shinkansen won’t take you to Tokyo Disneyland or Disney Sea. Instead, it’s ready to take you on a journey through the island of Kyushu, in southwestern Japan. The special train is operated by JR Kyushu and runs along the Kagoshima route, which connects Hakata Station (located in Fukuoka, Kyushu’s largest city) with Kagoshima Chuo Station, at the southern end of the island, passing through Kumamoto along the way.
The Mickey Mouse Shinkansen goes into service on May 17, 2019, and will run for an unspecified period, though given its summer-themed artwork, we can probably expect Mickey’s high-speed rail travels to continue at least through August.
Sources: JR Kyushu, PR Times
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