Japanese Sleeper Train by Ferrari Designer Ready For its First Journey

This May, travelers to Japan will get the chance to see the country via a new high-speed bullet train offering overnight accommodations within 17 luxury suites. Train Suite Shiki-Shima will set off on itineraries through the north-eastern region of Tohoku and into Hokkaido exploring the regions’ cultures, crafts and cuisines along the way.

Plans for the sleeper train were announced three years ago, with JR East investing 5 billion yen (around USD $44.4 million) into the project. Last year we shared some initial images of the locomotive, and this week we learned more about the the 10-car train which was unveiled at a ceremony in Tokyo. Carrying only 34 passengers at a time, the sleeper was designed by Japanese industrial designer Ken Okuyama, the only non-Italian to have designed a Ferrari.

Nicolle Monico

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