JR East luxury sleeper train debuts

East Japan Railway Co’s new luxury sleeper train, the Train Suite Shiki-shima, providing a cruise experience with a modern Japanese taste, makes its debut Monday.

The dome cars, located at both ends of the 10-car train, have large windows in the sides and ceilings and sofas allowing passengers to relax and enjoy the view as the train travels through mountain and coastal scenery.

“We hope we can contribute to establishing a railway of a new era” through the new sleeper train service, said Atsushi Takahashi, a JR East official in charge of sales.

JR East, which serves Tokyo and other areas in the eastern part of the main island of Honshu, will offer from May to November a four-day trip on the train covering Hokkaido and parts of northeastern Japan and a two-day trip around Yamanashi, Nagano and Fukushima. The fares range from 320,000 yen to 950,000 yen per person when two people share a room.

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