All aboard: luxury Japanese train has bath and fireplace

All aboard: luxury Japanese train has bath and fireplaceIt’s got Michelin-starred chefs, solid cypress bathtubs and a cosy snug complete with roaring fire: the Shiki-Shima could hold its own against any five-star hotel. In a country best known for its super-fast “Shinkansen” bullet trains, the emphasis in Japan’s latest extravaganza on rails is on savouring the moment, with no expense spared to create the most luxurious travelling experience. After dinner they can gather for a drink around the piano, or sit and soak up the atmosphere next to the fireplace — actually a trick created by steam and coloured light — on a journey that takes them from Tokyo to the northernmost island of Hokkaido and back again.



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