train suite shiki-shima

Condé Nast House & Garden - - TRAVEL -

the jour­ney one of Ja­pan’s finest fives­tar trains, the shiki-shima op­er­ates twoto four-day trips through eastern Ja­pan, tak­ing off from ueno sta­tion and trav­el­ling as far north as hok­kaido, de­pend­ing on the sea­son.

the at­trac­tion With its sleek, cham­pagne-gold ex­te­rior, the train is a blast from the fu­ture – not sur­pris­ing from the land that gave us the bul­let train. Two dome cars, lo­cated at the front and back of the train, are fit­ted with floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows, so pas­sen­gers can re­lax and soak up the moun­tain, for­est and ocean views of the ‘Is­land of Four sea­sons’. no­table stops along the way in­clude a pri­vate tast­ing tour of Ja­pan’s old­est win­ery in the Ya­manashi Pre­fec­ture, and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the hot springs in at­sumi. on board de­signed by Ken Kiy­oyuki okuyama, whose pre­vi­ous projects in­clude work for Fer­rari and Maserati, the in­te­ri­ors are ul­tra lux­u­ri­ous, show­cas­ing the best of Ja­panese crafts­man­ship. Bent­wood so­fas in the lounge car are com­ple­mented by plush car­pets from ori­en­tal Car­pet Mills, whose work has graced the floors of the Vat­i­can Palace. The op­u­lent suites in­clude fea­tures such as a work­ing fire­place and a tra­di­tional-style cy­press wood bath. any­thing but nos­tal­gic, if this is the fu­ture of lux­ury rail travel, then sign us up.

the floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows of the shiki-shima, ja­pan

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