Have you ever wondered what the train equivalent of a Maserati or a Ferrari would be? Well we know what it is, and it’s called the Train Suite Shiki-Shima.
The Japanese train travel experience is the latest over-the-top activity for tourists in Japan, and to say that it’s luxurious is a bit of an understatement. The train itself was designed by a man named Ken Okuyama, who’s worked on brands like Porsche, Ferrari and Maserati — so you know that this is the real deal.
Basically, this train comes fully loaded with everything from two-storey guest suites, observational decks, a bar, fine dining and a lounge. But only 34 people can ride at a time, making this one heck of an exclusive trip.
There are also 17 fully equipped guest suites in total, some with deep soaking tubs and all with exceptional views designed to showcase the best of Eastern Japan.
Of course, you don’t have to stay in your room to enjoy the full beauty of the landscape, thanks to the observational cars at the front and back of the train that come with glass walls and a glass ceiling.
If you do happen to get tired of the views, you can chill out at the bar or head into the dining cart where chefs will prepare specialty meals based on the regions you’re visiting.
The trips (there’s more than one train), include treks along various routes that will be determined as people start to book up the experience, including one that takes passengers to different hot springs. So far, the company is taking applications for its first few two-night runs from December 2017 to March 2018, with passengers being pulled from a lottery.
But if you want to be considered, you’ll have to pony up the minimum of $6,000 Canadian per ticket, which is a pretty penny indeed. But if you’re a train lover or just love living the life of luxury, it seems like a fare worth the value indeed.