4-Day/3-Night Trip

Spring-Summer

Day.1

Train Suite Shiki-shima departs from Ueno Station.

Station staff see you off as your train departs.
  • [Lunch] onboard the train

Lunch by Kurogi (Tokyo)

  • The initial meal on the Train Suite Shiki-shima is Japanese cuisine.
    It comes with season ingredients served in an idealistic style.
  • The essence of Tokyo-kappo cuisine livening up a trip departure

    Tokyo-kappo, among the best of all Japanese cuisine, and something to be truly proud of on a global scale, is served by our chefs working at full tilt.
    It is a meeting of the very best selected quality materials and craftsmanship, while observing each and every ingredient with careful consideration and the finest of sensibility.
    Kurogi constantly pursues the creation of “ambrosial tastes” that take full advantage of the uniqueness of all ingredients that leave a memorable impression.
    On Train Suite Shiki-shima, we offer a Shokado bento meal that is full of fine gems from Daimon Kurogi, such as rice with grilled salmon belly, in addition to dishes of the season that are sure to liven up the atmosphere of any trip.
    Kurogi dishes are prepared with the utmost attention and become part of the many vivid scenes on Train Suite Shiki-shima.
  • Hayato Kushima (left) / Yusuke Tomura (center) / Shingo Yoshimizu (right) Kurogi
    Minato-ku/Tokyo

Arrive at Nikko Station.

Arrive at Nikko Station.
Board charter bus for Shin-Yu Tan-Bo at Nikko.
  • Shin-Yu Tan-Bo at Nikko
    [Stopover for sightseeing]

Shiki-shima has a special tour of historic sites from the Edo Period (1603-1868), which includes Nikko Toshogu Shrine, a World Heritage Site commemorating the achievements of the Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa in bringing about 260 years of peace to Japan.

Nikko Toshogu Shrine

  • Experience a special Train Suite Shiki-shima itinerary as well as a visit to Yomeimon, a National Treasure of Japan which has undergone major repairs that took around four years, and the Nemuri-neko (sleeping cat) and Three Wise Monkeys wood carvings.

Nikko Station

  • At Nikko Station, witness the special room that was built for Emperor Taisho and the White Room, a beautiful former first class lounge decorated with white plaster walls and a chandelier.

Depart Nikko Station.

  • [Dinner] onboard the train - [Overnight] on Train Suite Shiki-shima

Dinner prepared by Train Suite Shiki-shima executive chef Shigeru Sato

  • The dinner menu is arranged by executive chef Shigeru Sato.
    The onboard meal is a special experience and truly something to look forward to.
  • Succeeding cuisine and numerous considerations on Train Suite Shiki-shima, which have been built up by the supervisors, Nakamura and Iwasaki, I will create meals of imaginative narrativity, with great attention to the ingredients and a culture unique to each area.
    I am from Akita in northeastern Japan, which means that I have such a commitment, and always do my very best to highlight the most attractive points of each area through my cuisine.
    I am very much looking forward to welcoming the guests to Train Suite Shiki-shima.
  • Shigeru SatoExecutive chef of Train Suite Shiki-shima

Cocktail Hour

Enjoy a drink at Lounge Komorebi in Car 5.
Relax with a drink while watching the evening scenery from the train window. Lounge Komorebi in Car 5 is open to guests at all times apart from during meal service.

Day.2

Arrive at Hakodate Station.

Arrive at Hakodate Station. (Free time until bus departure)
Board charter bus for Shin-Yu Tan-Bo at Hakodate.
*Guests may not remain on board the Train Suite Shiki-shima.
  • Shin-Yu Tan-Bo at Hakodate
    [Stopover for sightseeing]

Learn all about the culture of Hokkaido's indigenous Ainu people and discover how Hakodate became a thriving international city.

Japanese Restaurant Fumoto

  • This restaurant serves a wide variety of seasonal local Hakodate cuisine.
    Enjoy some delicious seafood dishes that are only to be found in Hakodate.
  • A breakfast of Hakodate's Famous Squid and Salmon Roe Rice Bowl

    The Japanese restaurant Fumoto, whose name alludes to the foot of mount Hakodate, housed in a building constructed in the early Showa period, is frequented by locals as a place to enjoy the tastes of Hakodate.
    Train Suite Shiki-shima gives guests a breakfast of squid and salmon roe — seafood characteristic of Hakodate.
    The ingredients for the entire year's stock of Shoyu-zuke salmon roe (salmon roe pickled in soy sauce) are caught in the waters off Hakodate during October and November each year, when salmon roe is in season.
    When I was a kid, I ate squid sashimi, bought from the lady selling squid, every morning for breakfast.
    We've prepared various seasonal ingredients to please the refined palates of our discerning clientele.
  • Yuji Ogata Japanese Restaurant Fumoto
    Hakodate

Ainu Dance Performance

Visit Gotoken, a historic long-established restaurant that opened in 1879.
Enjoy an exciting dance performance featuring the traditional culture of indigenous Ainu people, which has been passed down through the generations.

Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples

Opened in what was previously the Hakodate branch of the Bank of Japan, the museum has precious artifacts outlining a history of the northern peoples.

Trams (Hakodate Shiden)

  • Take a special trip to Hakodate Station on a retro tram, an exclusive offer of this tour.

Hakodate Morning Market (Free time)

Hakodate is famous for its morning market.
Discover all kinds of Hokkaido ingredients, from fresh food to processed seafood.
Enjoy a spot of shopping.

Depart Hakodate Station.

  • [Lunch] onboard the train

Lunch prepared by chef Yuya Sekikawa of Climat (Hokuto)

  • A meal is prepared using only the finest local ingredients that includes vegetables, meats, cheeses and eggs. Experience the culture of southern Hokkaido while dining on its very best cuisine.
  • French cuisine expressing the "climate" of Hakodate

    The style of climat is to build up each plate one at a time, with advice and ingredients, such as vegetables, mutton, pork, beef, cheese and eggs, supplied by colleagues who are almost family.
    I'm excited to prepare meals that convey the climate and culture of southern Hokkaido.
    Passengers on Train Suite Shiki-shima will think to themselves, “I’m really in Hakodate!”.
    I’ve lived in Hakodate since I was born, and like it more than any other city I’ve visited. With the mountains and sea so near, it’s a place that makes you glad to be alive.
    My chief desire is that guests will come away with the same feeling.
  • Yuya Sekikawa climat
    Hokuto / Hokkaido
  • Niseko Trip

    Arrive at Datemonbetsu Station.

    Arrive at Datemombetsu Station.
    Board charter bus to Niseko Konbuonsen Tsuruga Bessou Mokunosho in Konbu Hot Springs or Zaborin in Hanazono Hot Springs in Niseko.
    *Guests may not remain on board the Train Suite Shiki-shima.
    • Niseko Konbuonsen
      Tsuruga Bessou Mokunosho

    The blessings of the earth, Plentiful Niseko Vegetables

    • Located in the resort area of Niseko, and wrapped in warmth from the surrounding trees, our hot spring and inn greet visitors with the promise of a relaxing stay in a second home.
      Meals are based around seasonal vegetables like potatoes, asparagus, mushrooms and edible wild plants. Sashimi caught in the nearby coastal waters is accompanied by fresh vegetables.
      And guests love the Takikomi gohan (mixed rice), made with local rankoshi rice and lily bulbs.
      They also like to gather around the fireplace in the evenings to roast marshmallows.
      We hope Train Suite Shiki-shima passengers will relish their stay in a Japanese inn as a distinct experience from the time they enjoy onboard the train.
    • Akihiro Takeo Tsuruga Bessou Mokunosho
      Niseko / Hokkaido
    • Zaborin

    Taste the whole of Hokkaido in our Northern Kaiseki

    • An inn standing in the middle of a primeval forest.
      This is a place where you can come together with nature and feel the changing of the seasons.
      There are just 15 rooms, each spacious and equipped with a continuously-flowing 100% natural spring water spa.
      The meals are prepared by a native Hokkaido chef using home-grown vegetables paired with edible wild plants and mushrooms collected by the staff forager.
      We hope you'll relish our "Northern Kaiseki" Japanese-style meals — as beautiful as paintings, and with a delicate flavor to match.
      We're sure it will satisfy even Train Suite Shiki-shima passengers, well versed in various foods in Japan and around the world.
    • Kenichi Wataru Zaborin
      Niseko / Hokkaido
  • Noboribetsu-Onsen Trip

    Arrive at Noboribetsu Station.

    Arrive at Noboribetsu Station.
    Board charter bus for Shin-Yu Tan-Bo at Noboribetsu.
    *Guests may not remain on board the Train Suite Shiki-shima.
    • Shin-Yu Tan-Bo at Noboribetsu
      [Stopover for sightseeing]

    Hell Valley

    Watch a traditional performance played in front of "hellscape" created with volcanic activity as its backdrop.

    • Noboribetsu Onsenkyo Takinoya in Noboribetsu Hot Springs.

    Hot Springs and Cuisine Found Only in Noboribetsu

    • Noboribetsu has so many varieties of hot springs that it is often called a "hot-spring department store".
      Takinoya itself has four different kinds, including a radium spring and a table salt spring.
      We hope Train Suite Shiki-shima passengers will enjoy taking a break in the middle of their journey to soak comfortably in the hot waters, and partake of delicious food amidst the gardens and forest planted by our first proprietor.
      For dinner, in addition to fresh sashimi and horsehair crab, we have a fruity desert that has received high praise.
      Breakfast includes rice, eggs, natto and other choice foods characteristic of a Japanese inn.
    • Noriko Suga Noboribetsu Onsenkyo Takinoya
      Noboribetsu / Hokkaido

Day.3

  • Depart Mokunosho and Zaborin

    Board charter bus from Mokunosho and Zaborin to travel to Shin-Yu Tan-Bo at Niseko.
    • Shin-Yu Tan-Bo at Niseko
      [Stopover for sightseeing]

    Yama no Marche ("Mountain Market")

    Try some local produce and other specialities at Niseko Sahina Campground.

  • Depart Noboribetsu Onsenkyo Takinoya

    Board charter bus to depart Takinoya.

    Depart Higashi-Muroran Station.

Depart Toya Station.

  • [Lunch] onboard the train

Lunch by Molière Café "Come Rain or Come Shine" (Sapporo)

  • Hokkaido, to be enjoyed with all five senses

    Opened as affiliated restaurant of Molière, French restaurant in Sapporo.
    A homely atmosphere, where guests are welcomed in the main by female staff members.
    An open kitchen in full view of all, offers so much “pleasure” to enjoy dining with “vision” in addition to a great “taste.”
    One of our greatest joys is serving dishes that one can always enjoy regardless of rain or shine, whether on a special day or not, and make them one of the greatest of memories on a Train Suite Shiki-shima trip.
  • Keiji Miyata Molière Café
    "Come Rain or Come Shine"
    Sapporo City / Hokkaido

Arrive at Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station.

  • Jomon Trip

    Arrive at Aomori Station.

    Arrive at Aomori Station.
    Board charter bus for Shin-Yu Tan-Bo Jomon Trip.
    *Guests may not remain on board the Train Suite Shiki-shima.
    • Shin-Yu Tan-Bo Jomon Trip
      [Stopover for sightseeing]

    Explore restored buildings dating back to the Jomon Period (11,000-300 BC) to experience romance of ancient times from five thousand years ago.

    Sannai-Maruyama Site

    The Sannai-Maruyama Site is Japan's largest ruins, dating back to the Jomon Period.
    On this tour, while being led by a guide, it is possible to view the ruins as an excavation is in progress.

    • [Dinner] outside the train

    Dinner prepared by chef Masanori Kawaguchi of Hotel Jogakura (Aomori)

    • Dinner is served at the Aomori Museum of Art, which owns vast stage backdrops painted by Chagall.
      Enjoy delicious French cuisine prepared by accomplished chef Masanori Kawaguchi from Hotel Jogakura at the foot of Mt. Hakkoda.

    Experience a French Take on the Many Flavors of the Land and Sea of Aomori

    • I am the head chef at Hotel Jogakura, one of the top resort hotels in the Hakkoda-san Mountains.
      I grew up in Aomori, and have been intimately familiar with the Tsugaru area ever since I was a young child.
      I make use of the training I received and the experience I gained in Tokyo and France to craft French-style dishes that make the most of ingredients unique to the mountains and waters of Aomori.
      The sea in this area is blessed with whitefish and scallops, while Lake Jusanko provides clams and freshwater fish.
      The region also boasts a wide variety of medicinally effective wild vegetables and herbs such as garlic, as well as Kuraishi brand beef, a bountiful variety of apples, and many more Aomori delights.
      These are all used in the delicious menu for Train Suite Shiki-shima.
    • Masanori Kawaguchi Head Chef, Hotel Jogakura
      Aomori
  • Gono Line Trip

    Depart Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station.

    Arrive at Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station.
    Travel to Shin-Aomori Station on the Hokkaido Shinkansen.
    *Guests may not remain on board the Train Suite Shiki-shima.

    Arrive at Shin-Aomori Station.

    Arrive at Shin-Aomori Station. Board charter bus for Shin-Yu Tan-Bo Gono Line Trip.
    • Shin-Yu Tan-Bo Gono Line Trip
      [Stopover for sightseeing]

    Board the Hokkaido Shinkansen Hayabusa from Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station to Shin-Aomori Station. Board the Resort Shirakami charter train from Kizukuri Station.

    Tachineputa no Yakata

    Tachineputa is the largest summer festival in the region, taking place in Goshogawara every August.
    In the museum, the almost 20m-high floats used in the parade can be viewed.

    • [Dinner] onboard the train

    Dinner prepared by chef Hiroki Takamura of Japanese Restaurant Takamura (Akita)

    • Japanese Restaurant Takamura serves Japanese cuisine preserving all the traditions of Edo cuisine. Enjoy dishes prepared by head chef Hiroki Takamura, together with some local sake.

    Preserving the Essence of Edo Cuisine in Akita

    • At 28, after training in the historic Takohachi restaurant in Mejiro Tokyo, I returned to my hometown in Akita to open my own store.
      Instead of changing the flavors and techniques learned from my master, I strive to preserve traditional Edo cuisine here in Akita. Back in the Edo period, Edo (Tokyo) must have seemed like a foreign country to people coming in from the countryside.
      My restaurant's style is to create that same feeling by using western ingredients in Edo cuisine.
      Not gaudy or showy, but beautiful.
      *Provided onboard the Resort Shirakami train.
    • Hiroki Takamura Japanese Restaurant Takamura
      Akita

Depart Hirosaki Station.

  • [Overnight] on Train Suite Shiki-shima

Cocktail Hour

Enjoy a drink at Lounge Komorebi in Car 5.
Relax with a drink while watching the evening scenery from the train window. Lounge Komorebi in Car 5 is open to guests at all times apart from during meal service.

Day.4

Arrive at Tsuruoka Station, Arrive at Atsumi-Onsen Station.

Arrive at Tsuruoka Station and Atsumi-Onsen Station.
Board charter bus for Shin-Yu Tan-Bo at Shonai (Three activities).
  • Shin-Yu Tan-Bo at Shonai: Three Activities
    [Stopover for sightseeing]

Choose from three different activities: ①Watching jellyfish floating dreamily in Kamo Aquarium, ②taking a morning bath at Atsumi Hot Springs, a site visited by many historic figures including the famous poet Matsuo Basho, or ③observing the making of shina-ori cloth, one of Japan's three oldest weaving styles that uses thread made from tree bark fibers.

Depart Atsumi-Onsen Station.

  • [Breakfast] onboard the train

Breakfast prepared by chef Masayuki Okuda of Al-ché-cciano (Tsuruoka)

  • The Shonai region of Yamagata is renowned for its bountiful seafood and mountain vegetables.
    Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast making the most of Shonai delicious foodstuff.
  • World Class Breakfast in Shonai, the Capital of Food

    The diverse terrain of Shounai in Yamagata is blessed with the riches of both the sea and the mountains.
    It has garnered attention for its rich variety of ingredients, with various fruits and vegetables produced year-round. Cradled by Mt. Chōkai and the Three Mountains of Dewa, the Shonai Plain area produces a diverse array of vegetables and livestock.
    Cold and warm currents mix at Shounai beach on the sea of Japan, attracting around 130 species, including local fish in season, into the nets of local fishermen.
    Using these ingredients from Shounai, I aim to create the world's finest breakfast. Enjoy a perfect moment as you watch the morning break over the Sea of Japan.
  • Masayuki Okuda Al-ché-cciano
    Tsuruoka, Yamagata

Arrive at Niitsu Station.

Arrive at Niitsu Station.
Board charter bus for Shin-Yu Tan-Bo at Tsubame.
  • Shin-Yu Tan-Bo at Tsubame
    [Stopover for sightseeing]

Tsubame City in Niigata is world-famous for silverware.
Discover the traditions and elegance of this famous craft.

Gyokusendo

  • Gyokusendo is a hammered copper studio that has honed its skills in molding copper using a metal hammer for close to 200 years.
    Enjoy observing such a traditional craft.

Depart Higashi-Sanjo Station.

  • [Lunch] onboard the train

Lunch of Niigata’s Special Kiwami Sushi prepared by Niigata Sushi Masters

Enjoy sushi with seasonal Niigata ingredients prepared by sushi masters Toshiya Yoshizawa from Sekaizushi, Norio Yokoyama from Sushi Cuisine Marui and Toichi Yamada from Sushiyasu.
The delicious taste of locally sourced fish takes center stage when it comes to Niigata sushi.

  • Bringing "Kiwami", the Essence of Niigata Sushi, to Even Greater Heights

    "Kiwami" is a standard dish provided by the "Niigata prefecture sushi guild", a voluntary association in Niigata prefecture.
    Kiwami was created with the concept of making it easy to sample Niigata's seasonal delicacies.
    It features fish emblematic of Niigata such as black throat sea perch, fatty tuna and northern pink prawn, plus sea urchin, salmon roe, and other local seasonal fish all eaten with a premiere fish sauce.
    On Train Suite Shiki-shima we've condensed this "Kiwami" into a dish that further heightens the distinct flavor of Niigata sushi.
    I'd like to have guests enjoy the same fresh-made sushi served in our restaurant as they watch the landscape roll by outside the car window.
  • Toshiya Yoshizawa Sekaisushi
    Niigata
  • The unaltered flavor of Nabechaya Street in Niigata's Furumachi

    For over forty years, I've run a restaurant on Nabechaya street in Furumachi — a place that still recalls the traditional pleasure quarters of Niigata.
    With "always the highest level of freshness" as my motto, first thing each morning I visit the market in the city at Myogadani to select whitefish like black throat sea perch, northern pink prawn, Sado tuna, etc. Also, this year we have begun to use specially grown traditional koshihikari rice.
    I'm sure you'll be able to taste the difference in the flavor of the sushi rice.
    My shop is making ready to provide the taste of Niigata sushi, backed by tradition and formality, to guests onboard the train.
  • Norio Yokoyama Sushi Cuisine Marui
    Niigata
  • Seasonal Niigata Fish, Edomae Style

    Sushiyasu's style is to bring out various flavors of sushi made in the Tokyo Style of work I learned from my father before me.
    The fatty tuna is topped with a dollop of aromatic Shizuoka wasabi, and the red tuna is marinated.
    The northern pink prawn is eaten with fish sauce.
    Enjoy arrangements that capitalize on the flavor of whitefish like olive flounder and fivespot flounder seasoned with shio-ponzu (sea salt and citrus sauce), kimo-shoyu (soy sauce with fish liver), etc. Also try our hikarimono bo-zushi (rod-shaped sushi topped with large slice of silvery fish), and our castella rolled omelet.
    Finally, savor the lightly seasoned elegant small nigiri sushi — perfect for the end of a journey.
  • Toichi Yamada Sushiyasu
    Niigata

Arrive at Ueno Station.

Farewell party will be held in “Prologue Shiki-shima” after arrival at Ueno Station.
Enjoy the company of the train crew and your fellow travelers one final time, while reflecting on a wonderful time spent aboard Train Suite Shiki-shima.
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