Why The Most Luxurious Train Is Already Booked Out For Next Year
May 10, 2017 | BY Michele Chang
All Aboard the Shiki-Shima!
Japan is synonymous with high-speed bullet trains. This efficient mode of transport has made the country even more connected by ferrying passengers from towns to cities; it's seamlessness the pride of the nation. But in a world of instant gratification, it's always good to sit back, relax and enjoy the passing scenery. This is where the stunning gold luxury Train Suite Shiki-Shima comes in.
Aptly named the "Four Seasons Island", this extravagant train serves as an oasis for guest to savour the transient beauty of Japan's changing landscape—all in the lap of luxury. The 10-car train has huge viewing windows through which customers can see the northern Japanese countryside used to grow seasonal fruit and vegetables.
The overnight sightseeing train will have no problem holding its own against any five-star hotel. Each suite is designed to provide guests with a stunning vantage point to enjoy the ever-changing Japanese landscape. Beautiful decor, Michelin star chefs, spacious private suites, decadent bath tubs and personal fireplaces make the experience an unparalleled one.
Leaving a specially constructed Ueno station in Tokyo, passengers can choose between various roundtrip tours—ranging from a two-day central Japan tour to a four-day Northeast tour. These trips are expertly designed to showcase the regions' best cultural and historical sites, traditional artisanal ateliers and local cuisine.
This train experience is so exclusive, it only allows up to 34 guests aboard at each time. Guests can be expected to splurge upwards of 750,000 yen ($9,300) per passenger for a two-day trip, but be quick if you want to secure a spot—the train has already een booked out till March 2018.
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