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Japan launches Shiki-shima, the most luxurious train in the world

Trains are usually considered an affordable way of traveling, but not Shiki-shima! This futuristic 10-coach creation attracted a lot of attention after its launch a few weeks ago and it was dubbed “the most luxurious train in the world”. If you’d like to become one of its passengers, you could afford a ride after the next Powerball draw – play now to snatch €185.900.000!

Shiki-shima (meaning “Island of four seasons”) was designed by Ken Okuyama, who’s known for his work for Porsche, Ferrari and Maserati, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that it represent a perfect blend of luxury and sheer power. The two glass-walled observatory cars offer passengers with uninterrupted views of eastern Japan’s forests, fields and coastline, while enjoying a long list of amenities this ride has to offer.

The train can carry a maximum of 34 passengers, who start their journey from Ueno station in Tokyo. Five of the coaches are filled by the standard suites – three bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, and two “deluxe suites” featuring an aromatic cypress wood bath. Passengers can also watch the scenery roll past from one of the two observation cars, enjoy delicately prepared meals in a dining car, or just sit back and relax in the lounge – it has a piano bar and walls that evoke “a quite forest”.

Fares range between $2.200 and $10.000, but if you’re hoping to get on board any time soon, it’s already too late. Tickets are completely sold out until April 2018, and even if you can afford one, taking a ride on Shiki-shima isn’t that simple. Instead of purchasing a fare, you’ll have to fill out an application, and hope your name is selected by the lottery.

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