Japan’s locomotive legacy is near synonymous with innovation, precision and punctuality. The Shinkansen bullet train whisks hundreds of thousands of passengers through the nation’s prefectures on a daily basis, across seemingly endless cities and expansive landscapes.
Scheduled to begin operating in May, the Train Suite Shiki-Shima takes panoramic vistas to an entirely new dimension – boasting floor to ceiling glass observatory cars at either end of the sleeper.
The luxury train, which is more than $40 million in the making, exudes luxury from start to finish, transporting a maximum of 34 passengers boarding from the private Platform 13.5 to iconic destinations such as the Naruko Hot Springs and Hirosaki Castle.
The timelessly elegant interiors by former Porsche designer Ken Kyoyuki Okuyama pay homage to the scenery around with natural and tasteful traditional decorations in the train’s six en-suite rooms, lounge area and fine dining carriage.
Journeys last between one and three nights in duration, and while the first six months of operations have sold out, JR East is currently accepting applications to travel between December and March 2018.