The Ueno station in Tokyo is going to get an extra shot of exclusivity. The East Japan Railway Company has revealed plans to build a new Platform 13½ between the existing platforms 13 and 14. The new platform does not lead to a scarlet steam engine that will take you to a magic school, but it will take you to a new luxury train called the “Train Suite Shiki-shima” and will be reserved for passengers of this train only. The Train Suite Shiki-Shima is a hybrid electric/diesel deluxe sleeping-car train that offers 2-4 day tours to different Japanese destinations.
The Japanese certainly know how to do luxury and here it begins with a private lounge called the Prologue Shiki-shima.
Later, travelers can use the private entrance to Platform 13 ½. Only those intending to board the luxury train can use the entrance or be on the platform. Since prices begin at 320,000 yen (US$2,823) per person, you can bet that it will be a far cry from the crowds of the subway trains.
The train itself will offer foot baths, split-level rooms and just enough room for 34 passengers.
It may not be a magical trip but it will certainly be a lavish one!
[Via – Rocketnews]