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, Ōita, 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 Ōita. 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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Story behind two of the Ryokans

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Please see the story behind the Ryokans on this new page in Seven Stars Selections. We have interviewed the owner, Mr. Tajima, and he talks about his inspiration behind creating these two Ryokans. Passengers on the 3N4D journey stay at a Ryokan on night two. Mr. Tajima is the owner of two of the three... Read more »

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Rooms available in November 2016 on Seven Stars with IRT charter

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We are happy to announce that the Society of International Railway Travelers (IRT) is chartering the Seven Stars this November (15th-18th) 2016. IRT is the first American company to charter Seven Stars, and they have put together a package for a tour of many of the highlights of Japan, before the Seven Stars experience. Please... Read more »

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Results for Spring and Summer 2016 applications

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Applications for Spring and Summer 2016 (April to September) were open between October 1st to November 30th 2015. We received more applications than rooms available, so as in previous rounds we conducted a lottery to draw the winners. We will be contacting all applicants in the near future with the results. Application numbers In total,... Read more »

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New York Times Travel Show

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We are excited to announce that we will be exhibiting at the New York Times Travel Show next month. This is the first time that we are promoting Seven Stars in the US. When: January 8 – January 10, 2016 (January 9 and 10 are for the general public) Jan 9 (Saturday): 10am – 6pm... Read more »

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