In Japan, everything is done with care and finesse. Even train travel gets a luxurious upgrade. If you’d like a luxury experience traveling by train, you might want to book a trip aboard the Train Suite Shiki-Shima.
This 10-car luxury sleeper train provides 17 semi-private suites as well as observatory cars, lounge car, and dining car. Designed by Tokyo-based industrial designer Ken Okuyama, the Train Suite Shiki-Shima offers 2 to 4 daily sightseeing trips, traversing all over Eastern Japan’s most picturesque landscapes and coastlines.
According to JR East, the Train Suite Shiki-Shima’s distinct champagne gold exterior combines “traditional Japanese aesthetics with a futuristic spirit.”
Let’s step inside, shall we?
Inside the train, guests are greeted with a stunning gold-veneered receiving area. Traditional Japanese materials, such as wood, Japanese lacquer, and washi paper were used to showcase the classic Japanese aesthetic appeal.
The train has two impeccably styled observatory cars, one at the front and another at the back. The observatory car’s futuristic glass walls offer uninterrupted views of the passing scenery. Plush bentwood sofas are provided so grab a seat and enjoy the panoramic views while nursing a glass of champagne.
The Komorebi lounge is just as impeccably styled. Designed to evoke “a quiet forest,” the lounge car has its own piano bar, relaxed sitting areas + floor to ceiling windows for a sweeping view of the Japanese countryside. The walls of the Komorebi lounge was inspired by organic forms of trees reaching for the sky. This is a great place for relaxing, sightseeing, curling up with a good book or enjoying the live music.
Hungry? Train Suite Shiki-Shima’s opulent dining options aim to please. Enjoy handcrafted dishes whipped up by Katsuhiro Nakamura, Japan’s first Michelin-starred chef.
The chandelier-festooned dining car features tableside service, pearl-colored dining chairs, and customized cutlery by Yamazaki Kinzoku Kogyo. The Train Suite Shiki-Shima provides a unique dining experience too. The menu changes according to the traditions and ingredients of the region the train is passing through.
The suites are comprised of 15 small rooms and 2 large suites spread out across six cars. The two large luxury rooms are decked with traditional furnishings, including tatami mats and cypress wooden bathtubs. There is also a loft and a working fireplace.
On the other hand, the smaller rooms come with cozy beds, modern amenities, and en-suite shower. As for the service, guests are treated to customized butler service.
The 10-car sleeper luxury train offers 4-day tours covering Hokkaido and northeast Japan. The 2-day tours, on the other hand, covers Yamanashi, Nagano, and Fukushima.
The 2-day trip will set you back $3,000 a night while a stay at the swankiest suite run as high as $10,000… or about $2 per every minute so make every second count. At the moment, the Train Suite Shiki-Shima is fully booked until June 2018.
Booking will reopen in April 2018 so mark your calendar. Interested travelers have to fill out a form to book a trip and the trip will be scheduled for July to September 2018.
Seats are only limited to 34 lucky passengers for utmost exclusivity. Train Suite Shiki-Shima is operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) and is one of the world’s most expensive and exclusive trains.