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. Some highlights include walks around popular areas such as Yufuin, and watching the sun set in the East China Sea. 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 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. On the second day, passengers may enjoy the nature 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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Summer operation schedule

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The Cruise Train Seven Stars in Kyushu will not operate both the 4 day and the 2 day journeys during the following period. No operation period: June 19th (Mon) to August 20th (Sun) 2017. It will resume the 4 day journey from August 22nd (Tue) 2017.

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First major route change for 4D3N journey

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The route for the 4 day 3 night journey will change from spring 2018, to further promote the attractions of Kyushu. This is the first major route change for the 4 day 3 night journey since the train started to run in 2013. This change to the route will offer guests the opportunity to experience... Read more »

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Result of Oct ’17 to Feb ’18 applications

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All applications for the period October 2017 to February 2018 have been collected, and the details for this period are as attached. This application round was for regular Seven Stars in Kyushu tour products, together with three Seven Stars in Kyushu Premium tour products, which include a three day pre-tour before the Seven Stars journey.... Read more »

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Applications to close today for Oct ’17 to Feb ’18

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Reminder – applications for the Seven Stars in Kyushu (Oct ’17 to Feb ’18) will close tonight. The application form will be open until 23:59 JST. Applications were open from the 1st of April 2017. All applicants will be contacted in the near future with the result of their application.

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