- Some trains in Kyoto, Osaka and Shiga have seats that lift into the ceiling
- They’re available on Keihan 5000 series locomotives during off peak hours
- Once the banquettes are lowered, they block a set of doors in the carriage
Japan is the country that brought you inventions like the selfie stick and hug pillows for lonely men and women.
But it’s also home to the commuter train with seats that retract into the ceiling during rush hour to create extra space.
The special seats are only available on select trains that operate in the Kyoto, Osaka and Shiga regions.
Some seats on trains in Japan are almost invisible until they are lowered as they’re folded into the ceiling
When they begin their descent, they cover a set of doors in the carriage so they’re only available outside of the rush hour
In a video shared by Keihan Railways, the operator behind the train, the banquette seating is seen against the ceiling of the carriage.
It’s so well camouflaged that you don’t realise there are seats until they start their descent.
As they are slowly lowered, they block a set of doors to the train but completely line up with the other seats in the carriage.
The seats are installed in several carriages and are available on both sides.
However, this incredible design is not available on all of the trains.
Only the 5000 series are fitted with the extra seating.
And according to Rocketnews 24, the seats are not raised and lowered at every stop so seeing it in action is still rare.
The 5000 series commuter trains are operated by Keihan Railways in the Kyoto, Osaka and Shiga regions
Once they are fully lowered, the seats line up perfectly with the other banquettes in the carriage (pictured)
Courtesy: Daily Mail Online