Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Train Suite Shiki-Shima luxury sleeper operated by East Japan Railway Co. went into service with some fanfare on Monday with Japan now into its Golden Week holiday period.
At 11:40 a.m., Shiki-Shima left Tokyo’s Ueno Station for a four-day, three-night tour of Hokkaido and the Tohoku region.
The train has only 17 cabins, all suites, and all tickets for the first train were sold by lottery due to high demand.
The chance of winning was one in 76 for the most expensive room, known as Shiki-Shima Suite, which is priced at ¥950,000 per person when shared by two people.
At the ceremony to mark Shiki-Shima’s debut, JR East President Tetsuro Tomita said, “We hope that the train will help promote the reconstruction of Tohoku and breathe new life into the regions it passes through.”