See Japan in luxury, with the new Shiki-Shima train and Palace Hotel Tokyo

This May, JR East introduced a remarkable train: ‘Train Suite Shiki-Shima’. Journeys will depart from Tokyo’s Ueno station exploring the North-Eastern region of Tohoku and Hokkaido, with itineraries varying dependent on the season.

Shiki-Shima will travel through impressive countryside with highlights including Nikko Toshogu Shrine in Tochigi Prefecture, the Shirakami-Sanchi mountains and guests will have the chance to explore local highlights on foot, such as hot springs and atmospheric fish markets.

With immaculate contemporary design by Ken Okuyama, chief designer for General Motors (whose projects include the likes of Porsche AG), the train combines Japanese aesthetics with a futuristic spirit using striking contemporary patterns with more gentle Japanese tones.

Comprised of 10 cars, the train accommodates a maximum of 34 travellers, making for a relaxed and intimate setting. 17 luxury suites boast an en-suite and for those seeking the ultimate luxurious experience, passengers in the highest category suite will enjoy a bespoke bath made of Japanese cypress.

Guests at Palace Hotel Tokyo will find that the train perfectly complements their experience of the finest Japanese hospitality. Since its opening nearly 5 year ago, Palace Hotel Tokyo has offered an array of bespoke cultural experiences with experts in every corner of the city and exclusive access to some of the most incognito hot spots in town. Go ramen hunting with one of Japan’s leading gastronomic experts to Tokyo’s famous eateries and tiny restaurants tucked down unassuming alleys, enjoy traditional sake tasting with one of the world’s leading Sake experts or eat like a Sumo and experience a Chanko restaurant. A stay at Palace Hotel Tokyo, with its ability to offer insight into the capital’s distinctive and eclectic culture, will relish this opportunity to take in the very best of regional culture in sumptuous luxury.

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