Japan Launches New Boutique Luxury Train

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Published on September 3, 2017 by techtica

Although Japan’s new luxury Train Suite Shiki-Shima was launched just days ago, seats on the deluxe 10-car train, which cost as much as 10,000, have already sold out through March of 2018. The luxury train, launched by East Japan Railway, offers two- to four-day itineraries around eastern Japan, the experience closer to a boutique hotel on wheels than a routine ride on a commuter train. The train was designed by Ken Okuyama, known for his work with Porsche, Ferrari and Maserati. The dining car menu is devised by Michelin-starred chef Katsuhiro Nakamura and changes to represent the ingredients and culinary style of the different regions the train passes through. With only 17 private suites available in the train, passengers who want a ticket must fill out an application rather than simply purchase a fare. The lucky few are then selected by lottery.

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