Japan Has an Insane New Luxury Train Created By Ferrari's Designer
Buckle up for a chic ride through Japan.
Travelers looking to explore Japan’s most impeccable sights can do so aboard a new luxury train created by the designer behind famed luxury cars that include the Ferrari Enzo, the Porsche AG, and the Maserati Quattroporte.
The opulent Train Suite Shiki-shima is currently accepting applications for trips departing from December of this year, giving customers the chance to be some of the first to take in Japan’s majestic forests, fields, and coastlines through the train’s glass-lined observatory cars.
The 10-car train, designed by Ken Kiyoyuki Okuyama, includes two observatory cars at both its front and back end, where riders can peek out of large glass walls that showcase the picturesque scenery outside.
Additionally, customers will find a shared lounge car filled with carved wall patterns meant to mimic the forests of the country, and a shared dining room car where they'll sample regional delicacies from eastern Japan that include everything from fresh salmon roe to a variety of sushi selections.
Each of the compartments in the train are either suites or double suites equipped with their own private bathrooms, features from traditional Japanese architecture that include washi paper and wood paneling, and private onsen baths and heated kotatsu seating areas in the deluxe suites, according to Curbed.
There are also spring trips where you can engage in traditions like silk crafting and walk through fields of vineyards and terraces, and a New Year’s trip, where riders can catch the first sunrise of the year and spectacular fireworks displays.
The train is currently taking applications for its three-day and two-night trips and its east Japan seasonal trips from December 2017 through March 2018. Those bookings can be made between now and March 31.
Passengers will be drawn from a lottery should there be more applications received than available, and winners will be notified in April.
Suite prices start at 750,000 yen (roughly $6,750) for single-occupancy and at 500,000 yen (roughly $4,500) for double-occupancy.