Saturday, 6 May 2017

Luxury Rail Travel: Japanese Style

TRAIN Suite Shiki-Shima (meaning ‘Island of four seasons’) made its maiden voyage on May 1, from #Tokyo to the northern island of Hokkaido. Made up of 10 cars, with four being dedicated to lounge, dining and viewing areas. A maximum of 34 passengers will stay in 17 lavish rooms in the remaining six cars. The highest-grade suite on the train has a bath made of Japanese cypress. 

From JR East, ‘Train Suite Shiki-Shima’ will offer luxury journeys departing from Tokyo’s Ueno station through the north-eastern region of Tohoku and up into Hokkaido. #Train Suite #Shiki-Shima will offer a prime view of Japan’s rich, beautiful natural scenery, and the local arts, crafts and foods of each region and the unique culture that permeates Japanese people’s daily lives.

Shiki-Shima passengers will have the opportunity to get off the train and explore local areas along the railway route. Itineraries are to include places such as Nikko Toshogu Shrine in Tochigi Prefecture, the Shirakami-Sanchi mountainous area in Aomori Prefecture, a facility related to the culture of the Ainu in Hokkaido and experiences to get a deeper feel for the local culture, such as visit to the region’s onsen hot springs and fish markets.

Already tickets have been fully booked until March 2018! 

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