Collaboration between JR and Demon Slayer makes your next train ride to Gunma a little more harrowing
As the Demon Slayer anime film, Mugen Train, approaches on October 16, JR East and the series have collaborated to bring the journey to life via the SL Gunma trains in the prefecture in a special package deal. The older locomotives will be decked out in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba decals, alongside special ekibens (train lunches), goods, and even a Demon Slayer headboard for the train.
The journey can take passengers all the way from Ueno Station in Tokyo to the Usui Pass Railway Heritage Park in Gunma prefecture. There are a few different plans for the trip, all with their own Demon Slayer spice (sans actual demons though, thankfully!).
- The A plan takes Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba train fans from Ueno Station to Takasaki Station via the Joyful Train, Yamadori. Ekiben and goods will be served on the train through its two-hour journey through some of Japan's greatest fall features.
- The B plan takes riders to Usui Pass Railway Heritage Park from Takasaki Station, letting them ride a heritage SL Gunma decked out like the Mugen train from the film, which pairs well with Plan A to give a complete experience.
- The C plan will take riders to Ueno Station all the way to Usui Pass Railway Heritage Park taking the shinkansen to Takasaki station, then from Takasaki to Usui Pass Railway Heritage Park on an SL Gunma, then back again to Takasaki, though you have to find your own way back to Tokyo.
- And finally, the D plan is very similar to the B plan, but at night! Which makes it extra spooky!
Imagine this train, but with Demon Slayer on the front!
The prices for the plans range from 4,900 yen (US$46.10) to 9,800 yen (US$92.20) and are available to book through the JTB website. Sadly, as the trains are only in service until December, foreign tourists won't be able to ride this Mugen Train.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train is scheduled to be released in Japanese cinemas on October 16, with a North American released scheduled for sometime in 2021.
Source: Demon Slayer on Twitter
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.