Japan’s Luxury Train Takes Travel to New Levels of Opulence
The Japanese have taken travel by train to a new level with the recently revealed luxury shiki-shima train suite.
Designed by Ken Kiyoyuki Okuyama, the former head of design at Pinninfarina, and the designer behind Ferrari’s Enzo and P4/5, a rider may never want to disembark this 10-car train.
Design is a priority in all areas of the travel experience
Opulence starts from the exterior, with the train’s sleek champagne-gold color and geometric windows. Tranquil luxury pervades the entire atmosphere, with Ken Okuyama’s mixing’s of traditional Japanese materials like washi paper, lacquer, and wood with futuristic flourishes.
Bent wood hugs the curves of the train cars, blending the exterior and interior landscapes, while plush carpets give warmth to the space.
Guests are served by staff outfitted in custom designs by Uniqlo creative director Noki Takizawa, and they dine on silver nickel cutlery crafted by Yamazaki Kinzoku Kogyo.
The sleeper train, which is run by JR East Japan Railway Company, contains 17 rooms, including 2 suites. In creating this masterpiece, they are aiming to raise the bar in train travel, creating a high-end space that is unparalleled anywhere in the world..
JR East’s luxury skiki-shima was designed by Ken Kiyoyuki Okuyama, famous for his work with Ferrari (NYSE:RACE)