Japan’s Most Luxurious Train
Introducing the most luxurious train in Japan’s history, the Train Suite Shiki-shima, that provides deluxe suites housing private hot tubs and fireplaces. They even have an onboard pianist.
Japan launched this new luxury train service in May, but seats aboard are difficult to come by. Price aside ($3,000 to $10,000 for a deluxe suite), the first passengers were chosen using a lottery system that selected one out of roughly 75 applicants. Only then were they able to purchase tickets for that first trip.
By the end of their first month, the train service was sold out through March 2018. As of today they are sold out through September 2018.
According to Travel & Leisure:
“The four-day, three-night luxury experience … is meant to bring back the golden age of train travel: The Shiki-Shima has 10 coaches with 17 suites available. It can accommodate a maximum of 34 passengers at a time. The train is the brainchild of the man who also designed luxury cars like the Ferrari Enzo, the Porsche AG and the Maserati Quattroporte.
Onboard, passengers experience surprise luxury details like glass-enclosed observation cars, a piano bar and fireplaces. Some suites have lofts or Hinoka soaking bathtubs. There are glass observation cars that evoke a “quiet forest” and a device onboard to “minimize swaying.”
The luxury touches extend to the dining car, too. As the train passes through different regions, the menu onboard will change to reflect the different specialties of each region. Renowned chefs who work along the train’s route will either serve a meal aboard or host passengers in their restaurants.”
Source: Travel & Leisure