Japan’s Ultra Luxurious Shiki-Shima Train


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The new Train Suite Shiki- Shima luxury sleeper train departs the Ueno Station, Tokyo. The train will run bound for Hokkaido, the Tohoku and Koshinetsu regions. JR East plans to offer services similar to luxurious hotels to improve the image of area along the railroad and attract tourists. Tickets for trips departing from this May to March 2018 have already sold out.


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JR East launched its 10-car all-suite sleeper train service Monday with only 17 rooms that can accommodate 34 passengers maximum for a four-day, three-night trip to popular tourist spots in Japan’s northern areas including Kanto, Tohoku and Hokkaido. All the tickets have been sold out until March next year despite its high fare that ranges between 320,000 yen (US$3,360) for a two-day, one night trip and 950,000 yen ($9,980) for a four-day, three-night trip, according to the company.


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