Enjoy a luxurious journey on the Seven Stars to discover the beauty of Kyushu

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Seven Stars is the first luxury sleeper train in Japan. It made its inaugural run in Oct 2013. Seven Stars is the creation of JR Kyushu Chairman Koji Karaike and designer Eiji Mitooka. For over twenty years Karaike had dreamed of making this “Cruise Train” a reality. The result is a collaboration of designer Mitooka and local artisans, who have beautifully furnished the train with their masterpieces. Discover the island of Kyushu on Seven Stars, and look forward to an experience only possible in Kyushu.


On the Seven Stars, passengers can enjoy the beautiful Kyushu scenery as it flows by their windows. The courses on the Seven Stars are highlights of the best that Kyushu has to offer. The train does not just push through the journey. At certain points passengers will alight from the train to participate in excursions, making this train a new kind of travel experience. We are sure that throughout the journey there will be scenery and experiences that could only possibly be encountered on the Seven Stars.

Island of Kyushu

Kyushu has long been the gateway to Asia and has enjoyed active exchange with the mainland since ancient times. That trend continues today, with the number of foreign tourists to Kyushu each year totaling around one million. Around 30 million domestic travelers also visit Kyushu annually, making their way here via air, sea and land. Their exploration has been aided by the full opening of the Kyushu Shinkansen network in 2011.

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4 days, 3 nights
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This is a four-day journey around Kyushu. It travels through the five prefectures of Fukuoka, Oita, Miyazaki, Kagoshima and Kumamoto. The contents of the trip are a concentration of the attractions of Kyushu. On day 1, this journey originally was scheduled to visit the Yufuin area, but the route has changed to taking a bus from Yanagigaura (Oita Pref.) to Usa Jingu Shrine.

2 days, 1 night
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This is a round trip of northern Kyushu. It travels through the 4 prefectures of Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, and Kumamoto. The main event of the first day is the visit to Arita town. The pottery from Arita has a 400 year history. On this journey, one can visit an Arita Porcelain kiln. Works from this famous kiln are on display on-board the Seven Stars, and during the visit one can appreciate the beauty of the traditions and techniques that have developed in Arita. The meticulous design of the rooms on the train will ensure that this will be a special journey.

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Applications to open for Mar ’18 to Sep ’18 bookings

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From the 1st of October 2017, applications are scheduled to open for bookings between March 2018 and September 2018 (spring and summer). At the same time, applications will open for several Premium Seven Stars travel products, which are products that include tours in Kyushu before the Seven Stars journey. Two of which include the eve... Read more »

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The Cruise Train “Seven Stars in Kyushu” is back after a maintenance period!

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The Cruise Train “Seven Stars in Kyushu” has been in maintenance and not in operation since Tuesday the 19th of June, but it will return to service from Tuesday the 22nd of August (4 day 3 night journey). The journey from this date will feature alternate route portions to previous journeys due to the previous... Read more »

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Operation route from August onwards for Seven Stars in Kyushu

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We express our condolences to all those affected by the heavy rain and flooding in northern Kyushu from the 5th of July 2017. The Cruise Train “Seven Stars in Kyushu” has been in maintenance and not in operation, but will return to service from Tuesday the 22nd of August (4 day 3 night journey). The... Read more »

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Operations after recent heavy rain in Kyushu

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We express our condolences to all those who were affected by the recent heavy rain and flooding in northern Kyushu. Seven Stars in Kyushu will resume operations as planned from the 22nd of August (Tue). Changes will be made to the route due to damage from the rain and flooding. The route it will travel... Read more »

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