Travel: JR East’s million yen journey in high demand as ticket sales open

(From Asahi Shimbun)

It was already among the most expensive, and now the new luxury sleeper train from East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) is the hottest ticket in Japan, too.

Train Suite Shiki-shima

Wealthy would-be passengers clamored for tickets as JR East on July 5 released the first batch to travel on the Train Suite Shiki-shima (Island of four seasons) for journeys departing between May and June 2017. There were 1,234 applications for the 187 rooms available, giving hopefuls a one in 6.6 chance of getting a ticket.

Train Suite Shiki-shima

Train Suite Shiki-shima

The most in demand package was also the most extravagant–a four day/three night excursion in the opulent Shiki-shima suite for two people at a cost of 950,000 yen ($9,300) per passenger, to depart on May 1, the train’s first day in operation. Read more

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