The futuristic champagne-gold Train Suite Shiki-shima, operated by East Japan Railway, has five-star lounge, dining and observatory cars and features a menu devised by a Michelin-starred chef. The 10-car train accommodates just 34 passengers in 17 suites, and the most expensive room, the Shiki-shima, costs ¥950,000 (£6,600) per person for two sharing. The train embarked on its maiden journey on 1 May and seats have already been booked up until March 2018.

By Guardian

A peek inside the futuristic observatory car

Japan's luxurious sleeper train

All aboard: the train’s main door

The dining car, where guests can select from a menu devised by a Michelin-starred chef

The suite room, one of 17 on the Train Suite Shiki-shima

Introducing the five-star Shiki-shima suite

..... with twin beds below the dining area

A minimalist meal served in the dining car

A pianist entertains passengers in the lounge

The journey to north-east Japan offers spectacular views

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