You no longer have to be Maid-less on your way to the Maid cafe21 November, 2010 by Chad
Ever since the otaku boom, there has been no shortage of maid (and other themed) cafes. The phenomenon has even migrated overseas with maid cafes where any sizable otaku population can be found. With the introduction of Seibu Railway’s Maid Trains, the company takes the maids out of Akihabara and onto, wait…trains?
Announced in February this year, the Maid Train will finally begin service next month. Seibu will operate a single round trip between Ikebukuro in Tokyo and Chichibu station in Saitama on the 11th of December. Here’s the itinerary to give you rough idea of what is planned.
08:30 – Boarding Begins (Ikebukuro Station B1), Merchandise Sales
09:45 – Boarding Ends
10:03 – Train Departs Ikebukuro, In-train Menu Sales and Maid Service begins (One free drink)
11.44 – Train Reaches Chichibu, Event at Seibuchichibu Nakamise-Dori
14:04 – Train Depart Chichibu, In-train Menu Sales and On-board Intercom with Maids e.t.c.
15:54 – Train Returns to Ikebukuro
There will be a capacity of 360 seats for this first public trial and online bookings can be made from the Maid Train’s official website until next Wednesday. BS Visual and Seibu are expecting that their customers would be hesitant to leave, so the only ticketing option is a round trip from Ikebukuro for 3500 yen. The train will only depart if at least 200 tickets are sold by then, but I don’t foresee that being a problem.
Like all new things, the Maid Train will likely draw a large crowd while the novelty lasts. Whether the Maid Train evolves into a regular service or remains as a one-shot even will probably depend on how this first trip goes, which is probably darn well. Even though there are now over 200 maid cafes scattered throughout the country, preying on optimistic otaku hearts has and will continue to remain a prolific business.Planning your holiday? We recommend visiting Agoda for a full list of hotels with early bird specials.
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