3 New Classy Ways To Travel Around Japan


Fatehah •  Feb 24, 2017

There's so much natural beauty Japan has to offer and what better way to experience it all than in luxury? With 3 new luxury transports rolled out this year, you would be at a loss over which to pick for your travels☺️

1. Train Suite Shiki-Shima

Launching on the 1st of May this year, the Shiki-Shima is made up of 10 cars and four of these cars are the lounge, dining and viewing areas. Embrace the exclusivity of the train as there is a maximum of 34 passengers staying in the 17 lavish rooms in the train. This train will depart from Tokyo's Ueno station and travel through the north-eastern region of Tohuku and Hokkaido. With large windows all around the train, you can be sure to experience the best views of Japan - right from your very (comfortable) seat!

Credit: Japan National Tourism Organization

The best part about the journey, other than the view, is the fact that passengers have the opportunity to get off the train and explore local areas along the railway route. Some of the stops you can take include the mountainous area in Aomori Prefecture and Hokkaido's hot springs. Shiki-Shima's concept seems similar to a concept of a cruise and we love it!

Credit: East Japan Railway Company

Fares start from 320,000 yen (USD 2835) per person. This one's definitely going to be a hot choice so it's best to apply soon!

Credit: East Japan Railway Company

Note: The application form is only in Japanese hence it's best to apply through a Japan specialist or a tour operator on Japan National Tourism Organization's website.

2. Twilight Express Mizukaze

It's name means "train that speeds through the beautiful land of Mizuho (Japan) like the wind" and the journey Mizukaze will make promises no less! The train embarks from Kyoto, Osaka and Shimonoseki stations and passes through the traditional and unspoiled Japanese landscape of West Japan; Kyoto, Matsue, Izumo and Miyajima, and the beautiful landscapes of the Sea of Japan, Mt. Daisen and the Seto Inland Sea islands. With the windows at full-length, you are assured an unblocked view of all the beauty nature holds?

Credit: Japan National Tourism Organization

Every inch of this 10-car long train is draped in luxury. It consists of a dining and a lounge car, as well as two sightseeing cars and six sleeper cars. If you need some fresh air, step outside to the outdoor viewing platforms at the ends of the train. Here, you're also granted exclusivity and plenty of space! There is a maximum of 30 passengers allowed in the train.

Credit: Japan National Tourism Organization

With such a large sleeper car, there's really no need for you to go out of your car - especially as you can enjoy unparalleled views right from your bed?

Credit: Japan National Tourism Organization

Mizukaze will launch on 16 June 2017 so if you want to be one of the first few to experience this luxurious train journey, plan your trip fast!

3. Dream Sleeper

If the luxury trains were a tad too expensive for you, how about this luxury bus? Though the bus might look small and unattractive on the outside, don't let it's humble exterior turn you away - the Dream Sleeper is no ordinary night bus! The inside only consists of plush decorations. You would even have to take off your shoes (much like a Japanese home) as the floors are carpeted?

Credit: Chugoku Bus

The best part is that you have your own private room - in the bus! I mean, if you can't afford to experience first class on a plane...this might be a great consolation? Relax in your seat as it reclines, and stretch out your legs. There's plenty of space for one person.

Credit: Chugoku Bus

There's no need to wait to experience this luxurious bus as it started operating in January?

With these new ways to travel in style, it's time to add Japan to your bucket list!