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Here's Definitive Proof That the Ultra-Luxe Japanese Sleeper Train Is Basically Heaven

GIF and screenshots via train video collection/YouTube

Trains can be a wonderful way to travel in comfort and style. The Train Suite Shiki-shima luxury train in Japan is probably as close as you’d come to experiencing train heaven. We’ve seen the pictures and now there’s video to take your breath away.

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The train first blew our minds in 2017, but a new video uploaded to Train Video Collection on YouTube gives us an even more intimate look inside it. The whole thing is set to beautiful background music that sounds like it was lifted straight from a Miyazaki film. It’s perfect.

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The train is extremely distinctive-looking because of its irregularly shaped window design. From the inside, it looks more like a modern art museum than any train that I’ve seen before.

This is the lounge, for example:

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And there’s a freaking bathtub in the deluxe suite!

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And I feel like I could write the next great American novel while sitting here in this dining car and sipping on an Aperol Spritz while the countryside goes flashing by.

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And check out the view from the observation car:

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All of this, obviously, does not come cheap. As our own Ryan Felton noted in the past:

A single trip costs bare minimum $2,865, the SCMP reports, for either a two or four day trip and upward of $8,500—which makes sense given there’s only room to hold 34 people on the train.

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The train is good. Too good, maybe. It’s definitely too good for most of us. One thing’s for sure, though: There’s no scum car on this train, so you can put your Snowpiercer fantasies to rest.

Take a look below.

Writer at Jalopnik and consumer of many noodles.

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I can’t understand who the target market is for this train. People who are willing to spend over $1000 per day to ride a sparsely filled train? Is there some secret society of rich rail fans in Japan just itching to ride an elite train (presumably to a destination they could reach on a regular train) in luxury?

The closest comparison I can think of to taking a trip on this train would be to taking a cruise. The train is less wasteful than the cruise ship, but the advantage of the ship is that it can go novel and interesting places and can easily navigate around obsticles. This train can only go to destinations where a rail line already exists and would have to be scheduled around other trains that are already using the line. Do they truly expect to fill this train every 2-4 days or will it just be trotted out for special occasions?