JR East Unveils All-Suite Deluxe Sleeper Train Before Debut in Spring


Nikko, Tochigi Pref., Dec. 5 (Jiji Press)—East Japan Railway Co., or JR East, unveiled Monday a luxury sleeper train the company plans launch in May next year.

In a champagne gold livery, the deluxe Train Suite Shiki-Shima comprises 10 cars, including a diner, a lounge car, and a glass-walled dome car.

The crew of JR East's new luxury sleeper train Shiki-Shima pose at Nikkō Station following a training session on December 5, 2016. (© Jiji)

With a total construction cost of ¥5 billion, the sleeper train is designed to provide passengers, who all will stay in suites, with a luxurious trip experience, JR East said.

The operator showed the Shiki-Shima, which means four-season island in Japanese, to the media at Nikkō Station in Tochigi Prefecture during a crew training session ahead of the start of commercial services.

"I want to get ready to offer the best service to passengers," said Munehira Hiromi, a 41-year-old crew member.

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