This is like living in a Park Avenue apartment but on wheels. Japan has just launched their ultra luxury sleeper train from the future, and boy it is awesome! The classy and elegant champagne gold colored train is the brainchild of the designer Ken Kiyoyuki Okuyama who has used traditional materials like wood, “washi” Japanese paper and Japanese lacquer to create a masterpiece that entails unique and usually incompatible qualities of being both cultural astute and incredibly futuristic.
The train, known as Train Suite Shiki-shima, is embellished with sweeping glass windows allowing the riders to peek out in awe at the scenic views and presents high-quality food in specially designed nickel silver cutlery. East Japan Railway’s luxury sleeper has started its cruise experience on May 1, and already their lottery for seats have been booked 76-folds, and one can clearly see why!
One trip alone will cost you at least $2,865, according to SCMP, and the price can go beyond $8,500 for two or four-day trips. The train’s 17 rooms are divided into two large suite rooms and 15 smaller rooms and can hold up to 34 people at a time.
The lounge car has many other eye-popping and jaw-dropping features, as evident from the pictures. SCMP adds,
The sofas at the lounge car use bentwood, made using the traditional technique of bending wood with steam, while carpets from Oriental Carpet Mills , known for its works at the Vatican Palace and Kyoto State Guest House, are used inside the train.
You can read SCMP’s detailed coverage of the service here.