Japanese luxury sleeper train trip a mere $10,000 — one way

A Japanese railway company has launched a new luxury sleeper train with sky views, bathtubs and dark wood interiors, joining the race for well-heeled tourists.

The top suite on the 10-car Train Suite Shiki-shima goes for $10,000 per person for a four-day trip from Tokyo to Hokkaido, East Japan Railway Co. said, including sea transfers to the island of Hokkaido.

The train, which left with 33 passengers on its maiden voyage from Tokyo, features traditional tatami rice straw mats and bathtubs made from Hinoki cypress wood in its executive suites.

Glass ceilings and walls are built into two observatory coaches at the front and rear of the train for the passengers to watch the scenery.

The journey includes stops in the northeast Tohoku region, which was hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

“We also want to empower the disaster-hit northern Japan for their recovery effort through the operation of Shiki-shima,” East Japan Railway Chief Executive Tetsuro Tomita said at the launch.

The train is fully booked until March 2018. (Reuters)

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Crew member shows dining car

A crew member presents the dining car on East Japan Railway’s Train Suite Shiki-shima during a press preview in Tokyo. The10-car, luxury sleeper train includes a lounge and dining car as well as two observatory cars. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Crew member shows lounge car

A crew member shows the lounge car aboard the Train Suite Shiki-shima during a press preview in Tokyo. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Open doors at train entry

One of the entrances to the Train Suite Shiki-shima. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Red corridor on train

A corridor aboard the Train Suite Shiki-shima is shown during a press preview in Tokyo. (Photo: Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

Observation car

The view from one of the train’s two observatory cars. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Train departing station

East Japan Railway’s Train Suite Shiki-shima leaves Ueno Station on May 1, 2017 in Tokyo. (Photo: Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

Crew in lounge car

Crew members stand at attention in the lounge car. (Photo: Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

Crew member in suite

A suite room — one of 17 aboard the Shiki-shima. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Observation deck

A crew members shows one of the train’s observation decks. (Photo: The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

Piano player in lounge car

Guests aboard the Shiki-shima will be entertained by a piano player in the lounge car. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Crew member in Shiki-shima Suite

A crew member kneels beside the dining set inside the Shiki-shima Suite, the top accomodation on the train, which comes at a cost of $10,000 per person for a four-day trip from Tokyo to Hokkaido. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Twin beds in suite room

Twin beds are shown below the dining area of the Shiki-shima Suite. (Photo: Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

Bathtub in Shiki-shima Suite

The Shiki-shima Suite boasts a wooden bathtub made from Japanese Hinoki cypress. (Photo: Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

Bathroom in Shiki-shima Suite

The bathroom set in the Shiki-shima Suite includes a separate shower stall and tub. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Crew member next to train entrance

A crew member stands next to one of the entrances to the Train Suite Shiki-shima at Ueno Station in Tokyo. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Food and wine in dining car

Guests aboard the Train Suite Shiki-shima can select from a menu devised by a Michelin-starred chef. (Photo: Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

Bartender mixing cocktail

A bartender mixes a cocktail in the lounge. (Photo: The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

Details on train

A view of the suite detail aboard the Train Suite Shiki-shima. (Photo: Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

Onboard wine selection

Guests can choose from a variety of wines and spirits in the dining car’s “wine cellar.” (Photo: Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

Passengers entering lounge

Passengers enter the Prologue Shiki-shima, a luxurious lounge at Tokyo’s Ueno Station, for a first taste of the experience aboard the train. (Photo: Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

View of Prologue lounge

The Prologue lounge at Ueno Station. (Photo: The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

The Train Suite Shiki-shima

East Japan Railway’s Train Suite Shiki-shima is shown during a training run in Inawashiro, Fukushima prefecture. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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