Forget speeding through the county on a bullet train, there is a new leisurely and luxurious solution to travel around Japan’s vast and breath-taking scenery.
The exclusive Train Suite Shiki-Shima, set to launch this May, features two-storey suites, panoramic observation cars and was designed by an automobile expert behind various Porsche, Ferrari and Maserati models.
East Railway Company has unveiled new images showcasing the glamorous sleeper train, inside and out.
Train Suite Shiki-Shima will snake through the east of the nation offering just 34 passengers one-, two-, or three-night itineraries filled with excursions to ingest the region’s unique culture, crafts and gastronomy.
The trains ten carriages include two observatory cars, a fine dining restaurant, a shared lounge and three private suites. The 17 guest suites each accommodate two passengers.
A mixture of modernist curves, wood panelling and artistic detail, the sleeper train’s aesthetic could be the brainchild of Ken Kiyoyuki Okuyama.
Previously chief designer for General Motors, he was a senior designer for Porsche and also responsible for Ferrari Enzo, Maserati Quattroporte and a great many other popular car designs.