Japanese ‘Cruise’ Sleeper Train Designed By Ferrari Designer
JR East and Ferrari designer, Ken Okuyama have collaborated on an incredible ‘Cruise’ train. At a cost of $50m, the über luxurious Japanese sleeper train will feature duplex suites and glass walled observation spaces. It is set to launch in Spring 2017. Okuyama is legendary in motoring circles, having overseen the design of several Ferrari models during the mid 2000’s. According to his company, Ken Okuyama Design, he wanted to create a train that would allow passengers "to appreciate the flow of the time and space," while enjoying Japan's landscapes and culture throughout the journey. One of the more unique features is the observation carriage at the front of the train, which allows passengers to see onto the tracks ahead.
The 34-passenger locomotive will have 10 cars including two lead cars with glass walls and observation areas, a dining car and a lounge car. The train will be able to run on both electric and non-electric rails and will feature a two-story deluxe suite car with two beds and tatami mats on the second floor, and five additional sleeper cars. JR Rail says the train will be fitted with furniture that conveys the nobility of traditional Japanese culture. The Lounge, for instance, is wrapped in graceful curves and features decor inspired by trees. So far all concerned have been tight lipped on ticket prices, but based on the seven-star Nanatsuboshi, you can most likely expect to spend a tidy sum on experiencing this luxury vessel.