East Japan Railway Co's debuted a new luxury sleeper train, Train Suite Shiki-shima on May 1st, offering a four-day cruise package covering Hokkaido and parts of northeastern Japan, incorporating it with modern Japanese taste.
The champagne-gold-colored train is a 10-cabin train that accommodates up to 33 passengers.
Tatami mats were introduced to the Shikishima suite room, while bathtubs are available in the suite and the smaller deluxe suite room to offer a rejuvenating experience to its passengers.
The sofas at the lounge car are made using the traditional technique of bending wood with steam, while carpets were from Oriental Carpet Mills Ltd, famous for its works at the Vatican Palace and Kyoto State Guest House.
"We hope to create a new railway history and breathe life into rural areas," said Tomita, JR East official in charge of sales.
The fees for the latest trip range from 740,000 yen ($6,600) to 950,000 yen per person when two people share a room. According to the train operator, a lottery for reserving the largest Shiki-shima suite on the service launch day was oversubscribed 76-fold.
From Tokyo, it will make a stop at Nikko station, allowing passengers to visit the Nikko Toshogu shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Tochigi Prefecture, before heading for Hakodate and Noboribetsu in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido.
The JR East train services will run through March 2018, and already reserved. Book in advance if you plan to take it.