train suite shiki-shima
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. jreast.co.jp/shiki-shima/en/
the floor-to-ceiling windows of the shiki-shima, japan