Only the Japanese would do rail like this:
Unlike the country’s fabled Bullet Trains, Shimi-Shika loafs along at a modest 70 mph. Then again, you’re probably not in a rush:
Its 10 cars hold 17 spacious suites, some kitted out with cypress bathtubs and lofts. And that’s not the only thing that makes it feel like a five-star hotel: This train also sports a piano bar, two glass-walled observatory cars, and even a Michelin-accredited restaurant.
It holds up to 34 passengers, who are squired around eastern Japan for two to four days, paying anywhere between $3,000 and $10,000 for a round-trip ticket.
Never catch on here. Not even in California.