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Japan’s new ultra-luxurious train is here, and tickets cost $10,000 each – A N I T H
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Japan’s new ultra-luxurious train is here, and tickets cost $10,000 each

Japan’s new ultra-luxurious train is here, and tickets cost $10,000 each


Image: screenshot/ jr east

Now here’s what it really means to travel in style.

Equipped with a full bar, two-storey suites, and bathtubs made from cypress trees, JR East’s Shiki-Shima luxury sleeper train might just be the fanciest way to travel — at the hefty price of nearly $10,000 per ticket.

The Shiki-Shima made its maiden voyage on May 1, from Tokyo to the northern island of Hokkaido.

Tickets start from around $4400 for a normal suite to $9300 for a 3D2N stay in the premium suite.

The two-storey Shiki-Shima suite.

The two-storey Shiki-Shima suite.

Image: SCREENSHOT/ JR EAST

There are ten carriages on the train, including two observatory carriages, a lounge and a dining room.

This picture taken on April 26, 2017 shows the bathroom of the Shiki-Shima Suite of the Train Suite Shiki-Shima, operated by East Japan Railway, in Tokyo during a press preview. The luxury sleeper Shiki-Shima, which can accommodate up to 34 passengers, has 10 cars, including a lounge car, a dining car and two observatory cars. The train has only 17 cabins, all suites, and the most expensive room, known as Shiki-Shima Suite, is priced at 950,000 yen (8480 USD) per person when shared by two people.  / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / str / Japan OUT        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

This picture taken on April 26, 2017 shows an observatory car of the Train Suite Shiki-Shima, operated by East Japan Railway, in Tokyo during a press preview. The luxury sleeper Shiki-Shima, which can accommodate up to 34 passengers, has 10 cars, including a lounge car, a dining car and two observatory cars. The train has only 17 cabins, all suites, and the most expensive room, known as Shiki-Shima Suite, is priced at 950,000 yen (8480 USD) per person when shared by two people.  / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / str / Japan OUT        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Image: screenshot/ jr east

This picture taken on March 16, 2017 shows an entrance of the Train Suite Shiki-Shima, operated by East Japan Railway, in Tokyo during a press preview. The luxury sleeper Shiki-Shima, which can accommodate up to 34 passengers, has 10 cars, including a lounge car, a dining car and two observatory cars. The train has only 17 cabins, all suites, and the most expensive room, known as Shiki-Shima Suite, is priced at 950,000 yen (8480 USD) per person when shared by two people.  / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / str / Japan OUT        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

This picture taken on March 16, 2017 shows a crew member introducing the dining car of the Train Suite Shiki-Shima, operated by East Japan Railway, in Tokyo during a press preview. The luxury sleeper Shiki-Shima, which can accommodate up to 34 passengers, has 10 cars, including a lounge car, a dining car and two observatory cars. The train has only 17 cabins, all suites, and the most expensive room, known as Shiki-Shima Suite, is priced at 950,000 yen (8480 USD) per person when shared by two people.  / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / str / Japan OUT        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

The train, operated by East Japan Railway, can take only 34 passengers on each trip, which only adds to its exclusivity.

The train was designed by Ken Kiyoyuyki, formerly a senior designer for Porsche and General Motors.

But if you’re thinking of getting a spot now, you’re out of luck, because tickets have been fully booked until March 2018.

Guess you’ll just have to make do with the pictures for now.

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