The rail industry has just got a new contender for the title of the world's most stylish train. A new sleeper train service which has been eagerly anticipated for a number of years will now provide a truly luxurious option for travellers in Japan. Passengers will be able to unwind in a bedroom and bathroom, worthy of a leading hotel on board the sleeper service which will be ready in May. It was designed by the automobile expert behind some of the most desirable brands such as Porsche, Ferrari and Maserati. On board are a range of two-storey suites and scenic carriages travelling through the panoramic setting in the East of Japan. Train Suite Shiki-shima, or the ‘Island of Four Seasons’ is a hybrid sleeper train operated by East Japan Railways. The ten coach train consists of six sleeping cars, a lounge car, a dining car and observation carriages designed to showcase Japanese design, craftsmanship and customer service. 34 passengers onboard will be able to enjoy the exclusive Michelin star dining and “the very best of Japanese hospitality.”
Set to traverse the northeast of the country, the lounge has been modelled on a tranquil Japanese forest. The art-deco style trains promise to be an intimate, personalised experience. Guests will be able to view the passing scenery from outdoor viewing platforms. The dining carriage will add to the luxurious experience providing a sophisticated setting to enjoy Japanese cuisine selected by Michelin-starred Yoshihiro Murata, one of the country’s most renowned chefs.
Japan Railway East first announced its plans to build a new luxury cruising train in June 2013. A year later, in June 2014 they revised their exterior design before proposing a new schedule for spring 2017. The train will operate on two-day and four-day circular tours from spring through to autumn, Each season, the sleeper train will take a different route allowing passengers to experience the region's delights. A summer three-night and four-day itinerary traversing 1,800km (1,118 miles) will see the train depart Tokyo and head to Yuzawa on the first day, enter Hachinohe and Naruko Onsen on the second and on the third day travellers voyage through Ichinoseki before returning to Tokyo. Tickets for two-day trips start at 320,000 yen (£2,229) per person and for four-day trips will cost 750,000 (£5,373).
Guests enjoying the opulence of one, two or three nights will explore a range of locations such as Naruko Hot Springs, the intricately detailed Nikko Toshogu Shrine, and Hirosaki Castle, while additional excursions will allow passengers to meet local craftsmen, taste local cuisine and explore the unique landscape in one of the world's most decadent vehicles. See more of the pictures below...
The Dining Car
A sightseeing carriage
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