Japan had the world’s fastest train record (the SCMaglev, capable of exceeding 600 km/h), but now they also have the most expensive train in the world!
The train of the East Japan Railway Company, the Shiki-Shima was recently inaugurated. On the luxurious menu: Red carpet at the entrance. Only 33 passengers on board. A distinguished chef at the Michelin, all for nearly 900,000 yen the ticket.
Japan had already impressed us with the Guntu, the sublime Japanese-style cruise ship designed by Yasushi Horibe
But today it is the first means of transport on the archipelago to lend itself to the game of the most luxurious.
But who is behind such an idea?
The Japanese use a lot of the train which are known all over the world for their punctuality (98% of their high-speed trains are on time) and their quality.
The brand-new East Japan Railway (JR East) railway connects Tokyo to the North Island, Hokkaido, in three days and four nights, the time to enjoy the luxurious train comfortably.
The menu is prepared by the starred chef, Katsuhiro Nakamura.
The train was designed by Ken Okuyama, who had already designed the Shinkansen (Bullet train). The inside was designed by Kengo Kuma, architect of the new Olympic stadium in Tokyo, and built by J-TREC and Kawasaki Heavy Industry
In total, Japan Railway has invested 5 billion yen.
The tickets had all been sold almost a year in advance after a hard draw: only one chance in 76 to get the right to travel on the train.
Before the opening of the line, the most expensive train ticket in the world was the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express, which cost $ 2100 a night.
JR East had already announced in 2013 that they would launch into the luxury market while they competitor, Kyushu Railway, already operates its train “Seven Stars” since 2013.
JR East’s second rival is none other than his neighbor to the West who will reveal his Twilight Express Mizukaze.
This war of trains shows that it’s a market that works very well.
According to East Japan Railway, despite the high price of the trip, reservations are full until March 2018.
If, like me, you do not have the budget to offer you such a trip. There is still an alternative: All the other train lines of the company JR! For this you need to unlock the precious badge with the famous JR Pass.
By the way, don’t forget to look in detail at the Shiki-Shima with this video