Train travel in Japan has reached new levels of luxury

A new train in Japan combines luxury travel, art and culture in one speedy trip.

If you thought Japan's bullet trains were impressive, a new caboose proves they aren't done combining smooth engineering with sleek design - in fact, they're only just beginning.

The new Train Suite Shiki-Shima is carrying passengers all over the eastern region of Japan in a vehicle designed to allow maximum exposure to the country's stunning scenery.

You can spend two to four nights on board the Shiki-Shima, in which time you can enjoy the train's stunning suites, observatory car, lounge, and restaurant. 

The observatory room. Credit: JR East

Dining Car. Credit: JR East

There are three different suites on-board the train, each offering different levels of luxury. Each cabin contains a shower and toilet, as well as enough space for you to sit back, relax and take in the views - both inside and outside! - in style. 

The itinerary of the luxury train journeys change with the seasons, but each leave from Tokyo's Ueno station and offer an array of sightseeing opportunities in Japan's hills, vineyards, hot springs and countryside towns.

Shiki-Shima Suite. Credit: JR East

Deluxe Cabin. Credit: JR East

Standard Suite. Credit: JR East

The cabins range between 500,00 Yen to over 1 million Yen ($6,000 to $12,500) per passenger, and you have to apply to snag one of the 34 spots per trip. 

It is currently booked out until March 2018, but keep an eye out for the next round on the JR East website.

Lounge. Credit: JR East

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