On Board Japan’s Hotel On Wheels

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WELLNESS: On Board Japan’s Hotel on Wheels

When it comes to rail travel, Japan has always been at the cutting edge. Since the launch of the infamous bullet train in 1964, Japanese trains have held a well-deserved reputation as the best in the world, only to raise the bar higher with the launch of JR East’s spectacular Shiki-shima.

Setting off from Tokyo Station and taking a relatively leisurely route through the regions of Kanto, Tohoku and northernmost Hokkaido, Train Suite Shiki-shima puts pleasure before pace. A five-star hotel on wheels, Shiki-shima joins the likes of the Orient Express and the Royal Scotsman as one of the most luxurious trains in the world. Accommodating up to 34 passengers across 10 carriages, guests are invited to dine in michelin-starred chef Katsuhiro Nakamura’s restaurant, rest their heads in one of 17 luxury split-level suites, and watch the world zip by from specially-designed observation cars. From round the clock butler service to bespoke furnishings, every aspect of the Shiki-shima experience oozes opulence. Spaces onboard are highly coveted, and although every ticket has been snapped up for months to come, those who like to forward-plan should head to JR East’s website to hunt down the first available seats.

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