Kotatsu Train: a Must for Travelers! www3.nhk.or.jp

posted by  Yubi | 11¬†months, 3¬†weeks ago in Lifestyle

A special winter train equipped with traditional Japanese "kotatsu" heaters has begun operating in northern Japan, along the Pacific coast.

The first train departed from Sanriku Railway's Kuji Station in Iwate Prefecture on Saturday. About 40 passengers were on board.

A "kotatsu" is a low table with an electric heater suspended beneath it. The table is then covered with a blanket to lock in the heat.