The new Train Suite Shiki-shima — which East Japan Railway says will provide a cruise ship-like experience — is nearing its May 1 debut, with the operator on Wednesday giving members of the press a chance to experience the luxury sleeper.

While sleeper trains as a means to get to destinations are disappearing in Japan, luxury cruise trains, such as the Seven Stars offered by JR Kyushu, have been gaining popularity in recent years.

The dome cars on JR East's new service, located at both ends of the 10-car train, are designed to allow passengers to relax and enjoy the view as the train travels through areas rich in mountain and coastal scenery. The dome cars have sofas and large glass walls and ceilings.