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Train Suite Shiki-Shima – JR East Set to Launch Super Luxurious Sleeper Train 2017

Even if you are not looking for a super high-end train experience, try this new Sleeper Train "Train Suite Shiki-Shima" open in 2017 which has a complete different level of luxuriance.

When it comes to traveling, the whole journey counts. And how you get to the destination really does make a huge difference. Some prefer flying, some prefer even walking. Whatever you do, this “Train Suite Shiki-Shima” will change your view of sleeper trains completely and your trip will be memorable from the moment you get in.

 

What is Train Suite Shiki-Shima?

Train Suite Shiki-Shima
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It is a train, but I will assure you that you won’t dare to categorize it so. It’s more of a moving high-class hotel bringing you to a destination at most possible comfortable way. Waiting for the launch in next year 2017, it is not early at all to check the whole features so that you get to become one of the first privileged customers. All of the rooms are classed as higher than a hotel suite in a hotel terminology and its beautiful shape was designed by Ken Okuyama, one of the most prominent industrial designers in Japan and the father of Enzo Ferrari.

 

How is it like to be inside?

Train Suite Shiki-Shima
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The idea behind this crazy sleeper train is “A Train You Appreciate the Change in Time and Place”. Indeed, although stylish, the interior design and an atmosphere are somehow minimum for you to shape your experience and how you spend your time in a constant change in sceneries. It is also an interesting contrast to put a very modern exterior outline that you almost feel like you are getting on to a space ship while inside you can see Japanese tastes here and there.

 

Tell me more about that Japanese taste!

Train Suite Shiki-Shima
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So the individual room (15 suites and 2 deluxe suites) has a very spacy structure with Japanese designs and patterns. All the rooms are en-suite, so you can secure your privacy and make it really at home for you. Depending on the room, different Japanese materials are used in lamps, walls, tiles, cushions, etc., but somehow all in a modern arrangement. Another part you can find Japanese-ness will be the lounge where many traditional crafts are found.

 

How about the lounge?

Train Suite Shiki-Shima
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Here you can feel a bit of more nature as the theme is a “tree”. It’s more of a sophisticated bar rather than a lounge if I have to specify, and hence is a perfect place to socialize with a cocktail or two. You will see the very high ceiling for a train and this gives you the ultimate sense of openness which you don’t normally expect for a train to have.

 

How about food?

At this level of sophistication, food cannot be merely a high-class. It has to be something bit more special. The meals are prepared by the first ever Michelin Chef in Japan who used to work in a restaurant in Paris. But it doesn’t stop here. The whole preparation will be supervised under the Chef Iwasaki who was in charge of the kitchen at 2008’s G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit. Could it be better?

 

But really, what is the WOW about it?

Train Suite Shiki-Shima
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Yes, sorry, I purposely left it until here, but what you really need to experience in this train is the viewing area. It is built at the lead coach and has very wide windows on the ceiling, on the wall, on your side, above, behind, basically 360 degrees everywhere. The sceneries passing by right in front of you, as if YOU are leading the train to run on a rail…this is definitely something you cannot possibly experience in any other sleeping trains.

 

I don’t think I can afford it though…

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Money. It’s a pain to think about isn’t it. But don’t worry, you might not be able to actually afford this super luxurious trip with a “Train Suite Shiki-Shima”, you can actually have a simulated experience at Tokyo Station (Yaesu Exit). There is a temporary booth of Galerie Shiki-Shima to promote its train and experience for you to try what it can offer to you. Please be noted that it is by advance reservation only, but you can just fill out the form online. One day if you can afford it (or manage to get a sugar daddy), explore different courses that can take you to various places in the East Japan.

Train Suite Shiki-Shima

Opening date: Spring in 2017

Website: Train Suite Shiki-Shima

 

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