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Make your trip elegant and comfortable. Enjoy learning about the history of the Odakyu Romancecar.

旅を優雅に快適に。小田急ロマンスカーの歴史を楽しく学ぼう。

One of Japan's most famous limited express trains, the Odakyu Romancecar.
It has a long history, and it is said that it began before the war with the weekend hot spring train that ran non-stop from Shinjuku to Odawara. It was temporarily suspended during the Pacific War, but it reappeared after the war and was improved many times, and now connects Shinjuku to Hakone-Yumoto and Shinjuku to Katase-Enoshima.

Did you know that Romancecar wasn't originally a proprietary name of Odakyu Electric Railway?
Around 1950, a two-seat seat designed for lovers to watch movies was featured in the media as a "romance seat." As a result, the name "Romancecar" was used for limited express trains with two-person seats, and there were several Romancecars in Japan. It seems that it became an exclusive name of Odakyu in the 1990s.

One of the greatest attractions of the Odakyu Romance Car is its high design.
The Romancecars currently in service are all unique and recognizable at a glance, and just looking at them makes me feel happy and I can't help but hold my camera.

GSEs
GSE, which stands for "Graceful Super Express", a romance car that gracefully runs through time on its way to Hakone
MSE
MSE, short for "Multi Super Express", in the glossy blue "Vermeer Blue" that Dutch painter Vermeer liked to use
VSE
VSE, which stands for "Vault Super Express (Vault: dome-shaped ceiling, sky, space)" with an impressive silky white color
exe
EXE, which stands for "Excellent Express" and has the largest number of seats among Romancecars.

Another of the Romancecar's greatest features is its view. GSE and VSE have observation seats, and the scenery seen from the front and rear cars is so wonderful that it can be said to be one of the purposes of the journey.

The Romancecar is a train that lifts your mood just by looking at it and riding it, and makes people who are about to leave or who are returning home feel special until the very end.

The "Romancecar Museum", where you can enjoy the history of such a charming Romancecar, opened in front of Ebina Station on April 19, 2021. On the 1st floor, the history of Odakyu, the history of the Romancecar, and of course the Romancecars of the past, as well as the Moha Type 1 car from the time of its founding are on display. The sight of five Romancecars from the past lined up is spectacular.

On the second floor, there is a diorama of Odakyu's representative stations and their surroundings, with many trains running through them. It's an area where time passes quickly, with events regularly held with music, and you can even drive a moving vehicle.


Adjacent to it is the Kids Romancecar Park, a children's playground with a Romancecar theme. Romancecar Simulator, Kosakushitsu, Athletic (may be suspended due to the corona situation), etc. Children can learn about Romancecar and move their own original crafts. area.

At the goods shop in the hotel, many limited Romance Car goods and sweets are sold. (This time, we will present limited goods. Please see below for details.)

From the attached cafe, you can see the trains arriving and departing from Ebina Station, and since there is a Romancecar maintenance base nearby, you can also see Romancecars coming and going.

In 1948, Odakyu Electric Railway set a future goal of connecting Shinjuku and Odawara in 60 minutes. With the completion of the 2018 double-tracking, the goal was achieved by connecting in 59 minutes.
We can't take our eyes off the Romancecar, which will continue to evolve and become more convenient and comfortable.



*The campaign has ended.

Romance Car Museum Goods Present Campaign
Romance Car Museum limited goods will be given to two people!

Present contents
・Hello Kitty stuffed toy box: 1 person
・Romance car sticky note set: 1 person

Qualification requirements
・Those who live in Japan
・ Those who have a Twitter account and follow the official Magcal Dot Net Twitter account (@MAGCUL).

Application period
Hello Kitty Plush Box
September 6, 2021 (Monday) 18:00 to September 12, 2021 (Sunday) 12:00
Romance car sticky note set
September 13, 2021 (Monday) 18:00 to September 19, 2021 (Sunday) 12:00
* Please retweet the "corresponding tweet" of the desired gift during the above period.

Application method
① Follow the official Magcal Dot Net Twitter account (@MAGCUL) .
② Please "retweet" the "corresponding tweet".
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Lottery and winner announcement
・ After a strict lottery, only the winners will be contacted by message from the "Magcal Editorial Office".
・Please note that you cannot select the product.
・Winners will be contacted in early October 2021.
・If you win, please contact us for the shipping address.
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*Election is limited to once per person.
*There may be delays in contacting winners due to unavoidable circumstances.
* Prizes will be delivered only in Japan.
* If the prize cannot be delivered due to the customer's address being unknown, the winning will be invalidated.
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