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Luxury Japanese Shiki-Shima Sleeper Train is Out of this World

Luxury Japanese Shiki-Shima Sleeper Train is Out of this World
When images of the Shiki-Shima sleeper train leaked earlier this year, they sent shockwaves throughout the design world. The 10-carriage state-of-the-art train is unlike anything you’ve seen, mixing traditional Japanese design with contemporary luxury.

The Shiki-Shima is a luxury hotel on tracks with enough bling to rival the most expensive suites around the world. After a lot of hype it’s finally left the builder’s yard and begun making taking trips across Japan’s East coast.

Fine dining car Courtesy of JR East

Shiki-Shima has six luxury suites, two observatory cars (carriages), a lounge and dining car with floor-to-ceiling windows. The design is carefully considered to give guests the best possible views of the incredible Japanese countryside.

‘Kizashi’ viewing terrace Courtesy of JR East

The lounge, for example, is based on ‘komorebi‘, a Japanese word for the sunlight that peeks through trees in a forest. Its windows are shaped like the intricate patterns created by overlapping branches.

The Shiki-Shima is a great way to experience Japan's seasonal landscapes Courtesy of JR East

The viewing lounge is inspired by ‘kizashi‘, the Japanese for ‘premonition’, and resembles a futuristic waiting lounge, bathed in light with ergonomic white upholstery. The connection to nature is reinforced with green moss-like carpeting, offsetting the otherwise monochromatic interior.

Seasonal cuisine Courtesy of JR East

The on-board menu features fresh, seasonal recipes from chefs Katsuhiro Makamura and Hitoshi Iwasaki, whose illustrious careers include cooking for delegates at the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit in 2008.

Shiki-Shima is currently taking reservations for April to June 2018. For more information visit