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 is the gateway to Asia. There has been active exchange with the mainland here since ancient times. Now many foreign tourists visit Kyushu each year, aided by the full opening of the Kyushu Shinkansen network in 2011. These tourists number around a million people a year. Also around 30 million people visit Kyushu annually from within Japan. These people make their way here via air, sea and land.

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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. Some highlights include walks around popular areas such as Yufuin, Watching the sun set in the East China Sea, and views of the spectacular scenery of the Aso area. This journey also includes a night staying at a Kirishima hot spring resort, where passengers can thoroughly enjoy the famous hot springs. Here you can appreciate a different relaxation experience to that on the train.  

2 days, 1 night
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This is a round trip of northern Kyushu. It travels through the 5 prefectures of Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, and Oita. 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. On the second day, passengers may enjoy the nature of Aso, and the townscape of Yufuin. The meticulous design of the rooms on the train will ensure that this will be a special journey.

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Applications closed for Seven Stars premium product (Sept 28 departure)

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From the 1st of July to 23:59 on the 20th of July applications were open for a new Seven Stars premium travel product, visiting southern Kyushu before a 2 day journey on Seven Stars. Please see the attached press release and click here for the webpage (for reference purposes). Open press release of new premium product... Read more »

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Seven Stars in Kyushu route changes

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Due to damage from the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake some parts of the Seven Stars in Kyushu routes have changed. Please download the press release from the below link for information regarding the changes up until the end of September 2016. The route from October 2016 and beyond will be announced here at a later date.... Read more »

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Routes for June to September

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Please see the brochure for the routes for June to September 2016. These are the current routes that both journeys are operating in since the earthquake in April. Further updates to the routes will be announced on this site, in addition to being sent to all passengers. Download brochure for June to September 2016

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Results from latest round of applications

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Applications for October 2016 to February 2017 were conducted from the 1st of April 2016, and all applications have now been counted. For both international and domestic pools, applications exceeded available rooms. This resulted in lotteries being conducted to draw the winners. Total applications: 4,736 (international and domestic pools) 9th round (current) 8th round Departure... Read more »

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