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All aboard: Luxury Japanese train has bath and fireplace
    2017-May-15  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

It’s got Michelin-starred chefs, solid cypress bathtubs and a cozy snug complete with roaring fire: the Shiki-Shima could hold its own against any five-star hotel. Not bad for a train.

In a country best known for its super-fast “Shinkansen” bullet trains, the emphasis in Japan’s latest extravaganza on rails is on savoring the moment, with no expense spared to create the most luxurious traveling experience.

Customers willing to shell out up to 950,000 yen per person can enjoy a top-of-the-range suite aboard the Shiki-Shima for four days and three nights of unparalleled extravagance.

The 10-car train has huge viewing windows through which customers can see the northern Japanese countryside used to grow the ingredients in seasonal delicacies prepared by the onboard chefs.

After dinner they can gather for a drink around the piano, or sit and soak up the atmosphere next to the fireplace — actually a trick created by steam and colored light — on a journey that takes them from Tokyo to the northernmost island of Hokkaido and back again.

The light-gold “Train Suite Shiki-Shima” sleeper — whose name means “Four Seasons Island” — departed Ueno Station in Tokyo for its maiden journey May 1, carrying 33 passengers, according to operator East Japan Railway.

Despite the hefty price tag, there is no shortage of customers — tickets are booked out through to March next year.

The Shiki-Shima is not the first uber-luxurious train to hit the tracks in Japan, which seems to have a supply of discerning and moneyed travelers.

In 2013, Kyushu Railway unveiled its “Seven Stars” service with a piano and a bar, top-end dining and luxury suites, while West Japan Railway will launch the “Twilight Express Mizukaze” sleeper in June.

这辆名为“四季岛”的列车上有米其林星级厨师,有柏树实木浴缸,还有“熊熊燃烧”的壁炉为你带去温暖,完全可以和任何五星级酒店相媲美。作为一列火车相当不错。

日本素以超快子弹头列车“新干线”著称,这辆超豪华列车的重点在于享受当下,不惜一切代价营造出最奢侈的旅行体验。

愿意支付每人95万日元(合57477元人民币)车票费的乘客可以在“四季岛”列车上的顶级套房入住四天三晚,享受无与伦比的奢华体验。

这辆由10节车厢组成的列车有超大的观景窗户,乘客透过窗户可以看到日本北部乡村风景,这片土地上种植出的作物将被列车厨师做成时令美食供乘客享用。

餐后乘客可以坐在钢琴周围喝杯饮

料,或者坐在壁炉边享受温馨的氛围 —— 事实上这是由蒸汽和有色灯光营造出的效果 —— 乘这辆列车从东京前往北海道最北部岛屿然后再返回。

据运营公司东日本铁路公司称,这辆浅金色的“四季岛”套房卧车于5月1日搭载33名乘客从东京上野车站出发,踏上首次旅程。

尽管票价高昂,订票乘客却不少 ——从现在到明年三月的车票都已经预订光了。

“四季岛”并不是日本首辆超豪华列

车,看起来在日本不乏独具慧眼的有钱旅客。

2013年,日本九州铁路公司推出了“七星级”列车服务,车上有钢琴、酒吧、顶级餐厅和豪华套间,而西日本铁路公司将于今年六月推出“暮光特快瑞风号”卧车。

(Chinadaily.com.cn)

    Words to Learn 相关词汇

    【奢侈】shēchǐ extravagance excessive or unnecessary expenditure or outlay of money

    【富有的】fùyǒu de moneyed having much money, wealthy

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