Richie Bartlett


The design looks more like an upscale hotel than an Amtrak car.

Japan is already a global leader in train technology, so it would only follow that they’d be lapping the rest of the world in train design, too. Already, the country has produced gorgeous fleets of luxury trains with chic, retro stylings. Now, Japan’s JR East railway company has commissioned a new luxury train, the Cruise Train, which will be a way for Japanese one-percenters to check out the country in style. The opulent transport, which will cost about $50 million to develop and seats 34 people, will begin running in 2017. All images courtesy of the East Japan Railway Company.