Japan is no stranger to innovation when it comes to railway. The Shinkansen high-speed bullet-trains set world records for speed, something that clearly attracted the attention of Ferrari when it got its designers involved in its cruise trains.
Well, Japan has outdone itself again with the Train Suite Shiki-Shima, which focuses less on hair-raising and more on harmony.
With six ‘standard’ and deluxe suites, a lounge car, dining room, and glass walled observation cars at each end, space, and no doubt price, are at a premium. Each of the carriages is decorated in breathtaking traditional Japanese style, from the striking wall patterns of the lounge, evoking images of a quiet forest, to the minimalist and contemporary living quarters – all decked out with their own private shower and lavatory.
On a journey through eastern Japan there’s no shortage of rich natural scenery, with sightseeing stops at a range of locations around the country allowing passengers to relax and take in the lifestyle, local culture and cuisine. And rest assured that you’ll be looked after on board as well – the finest traditional food is cooked to perfection with seasonal ingredients, and a crew that includes a concierge/butler aim to provide a heartfelt service tailored to your every whim.