Sleeper trains are awesome in our books. We get to travel to a destination while sleeping through the night. Sleep at one city and wake up in a different one. Plus, using the JR Pass, that means saving on a paying for a night's stay in a hotel!
While travelling from Shikoku to Okayama, Zaini asked me whether I'm up to something crazy. That crazy was taking a night train from Osaka to Tokyo, then continue on to Aomori before travelling to another island and arriving at the southernmost tip of Hokkaido - Hakodate.
And that's what we did! But not before spending the day in Nara, Kyoto and Osaka first, before making our way to the train station to wait for our midnight train.
An almost deserted train station. Well, no more trains unless you're boarding a sleeper train at this time.
Our train! Sunrise Izumo/Sunrise Seto that runs in tandem between Tokyo Station and Okayama Station. From Okayama, this train stops at Himeji, Sannomiya, Osaka, Shizuoka, Fuji, Numazu, Atami and Yokohama before arriving in Tokyo.
Walking towards our berth. Drawn curtain = occupied. Don't go peeping in!
Our place to sleep for the night. It's warm. They provide you with a blanket and a cloth to place under your head and not much else.
This is what you sleep on. A carpeted area. We didn't mind. In fact, I had quite a good sleep in this train.
If you can't entertain the notion of sleeping on the floor but still want to take this sleeper train, fret not. There are single deluxe room available too. If you're using JR Pass, this room is chargeable. That carpet berth is free with JR Pass.
This wasn't the first time we took sleeper trains during our vacation in Japan. Sadly, travel in these trains continue to decline, such services are cut-down or stopped.