Japanese rail company JR East commissioned Ken Okyama to design a luxury sleeper train that looks like a boutique hotel on rails. Okyama designed the carriages of the Cruise Train to mix futuristic and retro looks - and public transportation never looked so good.
The new luxury sleeper train will feature standard suites with sofa chairs that fold into beds, and split-level Deluxe Suites with a living area on top, a sleeping area below, and a private bathroom on the entry level in between. The observation deck looks super futuristic, while the train’s dining area resembles Tokyo’s Ginza neighborhood.
The designer, Ken Okyama, has experience in different types of product design. He has designed eyewear, furniture and Ferraris and has previously worked on JR East’s recently launched E6 and E7 bullet trains. The Cruise Train is expected to cost 5 billion yen (US $49.3 million). Considering the fact that the ten-car train only takes 34 passengers, it is expected that JR will have to put a high price on the ride in order to make their money back. The train is scheduled for launch in 2017.