A journey to discover the traditions of porcelain production in Kyushu

Tour C – DEPARTURE DATE: January 13, 2018


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Application: This is a package including a premium tour of Kyushu, which has been selected by Seven Stars in Kyushu staff. Please note that it is not possible to apply for the Seven Stars portion of the tour by itself. All applications are to be made via the official application form.
Tour guide: There will be a tour guide on days 1-3 only. They will not be with passengers on days 4-7, but Seven Stars in Kyushu crew will look after the passengers on and off the train.
Passengers: a maximum of 28 passengers per tour. This consists of 2 passengers in each of the Suite rooms, and 3 in each of the Deluxe Suites.
Minimum number: a minimum of 16 passengers.
Fare: please note that the transportation expenses to and from the departure/arrival site from the traveler’s residence are not included in the fare. Please contact us if you need for us to make arrangements to book such transportation.
*Passengers will board the Seven Stars in Kyushu on days 4-7.

of the course

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  • Encounter the history of 400 years of traditional skill and the passion towards the future in Karatsu and Arita.
  • Visit Unzen, Japan’s first national park and an area that was a popular resort for foreigners for many years, and experience quality hot springs and magnificent natural scenery.
  • On the fourth day, board the Seven Stars in Kyushu for a three-night, four-day rail cruise. Enjoy the natural beauty of Kyushu, with its expanses of tropical sea and sky and sunsets on the East China Sea, from the train window. We even have a n ight at the Kirishima Hot Springs Resort planned. Delight in your relaxing sojourn on the Seven Stars.

The charms of Arita

The beginnings of Japanese porcelain can be traced back to 1616 in the present Mt. Izumiyama in Arita. After the Chinese Qing administration banned foreign trade due to the civil war during the change of government from the Ming to Qing, the Dutch East India Company began to take interest in Arita porcelain. From then, Arita Porcelain was exported through Dejima Island in Nagasaki for around 100 years, and many pieces reached distant Europe as a result. The Kakiemon style of Arita porcelain is one style that was popular at around this time. This style which utilizes asymmetric drawings and skillfully contrived blank spaces on the milky-white pieces was well received in Europe, and became collectors’ items. It is said that Kakiemon pottery had influences on the history of European porcelain, which started from Meissen porcelain in the 18th Century. 2016 is the 400 year anniversary since the foundation of Arita porcelain. I hope that in visiting Arita you can appreciate our nature, history, traditional workmanship, and aspirations for the future.


Unzen-Amakusa National Park, one of the first national parks designated in Japan. This park has a long history of being popular amongst foreigners as a place to visit to escape the summer heat. Pink Azaleas color the mountains in spring, and change to green leaves in early summer. In autumn, the leaves color change to red and orange and in winter they freeze and become like crystals. Unzen is full of nature. The name “Unzen” used to be written “Onsen” (hot spring), and the local springs are wonderful. These sulfuric springs are acidic, and are ideal for spa therapy. These kinds of characteristics in a spring are rarely seen even in Europe.


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Located in Kyushu’s north-west, Karatsu flourished from ancient times as the harbor (tsu) from which to cross over to Kara (China and Korea). While cultivating a rich culture, Karatsu has also enjoyed the benefits of its abundant natural surroundings. In the Edo Period, the City prospered as the castle town of the Karatsu Domain, and from the Meiji Period, it was an important port for the transport of coal. Vestiges of its past can be glimpsed in its festivals and in various spots around the town. Karatsu Kunchi, the autumn harvest festival of Karatsu Shrine that is listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, has a history stretching back almost 400 years. At the Hikiyama Exhibition Hall, you will be able to see the exquisite hikiyama floats that parade through the streets of Karatsu during the festival. Karatsu is also famous for its traditional pottery, Karatsu Ware, which boasts a long history. In the world of Japanese tea ceremony, Karatsu Ware has a long-established position among the three most-loved tea bowls among tea masters.

Course details & Schedule

An accommodation plan is available for passengers who request an overnight stay after the journey.
* The above itinerary is based on the operation schedule as of February 1, 2017, and therefore the departure and arrival times are subject to change.

January 13 (Saturday)

  • Meals :
  • Lunch /
  • Dinner /
  • Meet at Fukuoka Airport or Hakata Station

    Around 10:00-11:00
  • Lunch at Karatsu

  • Visit Karatsu-ware kiln (workshop)


  • Stay at a ryokan

    Takeo onsen or Ureshino onsen area


January 14th (Sunday)

  • Meals :
  • Breakfast /
  • Lunch /
  • Dinner /
  • Depart Hotel

    Around 10:00am
  • Lunch at Unzen

  • Unzen Hell and Nita Pass


  • Stay the night at a hotel

    Unzen Kanko Hotel


January 15 (Monday)

  • Meals :
  • Breakfast /
  • Lunch /
  • Dinner /
  • Depart hotel

    around 10:00
  • Lunch at Arita

  • Visit Arita-ware workshop


  • Stay at a hotel

    Arrive at around 17:00
    Hotel Okura Fukuoka

    Hotel Okura Fukuoka




January 16 (Tuesday)

  • Meals :
  • Breakfast /
  • Lunch /
  • Dinner /
  • Hakata Sta.Dept around 11:20
  • Yufuin Sta.Arr around 14:00
    Optional event
    • Yufuin sightseeing
    • Stay on the train (tea time onboard)
    • Free sightseeing
    • Taxi plan (extra cost involved)
  • Dinner

    Dept around 16:30
  • Yufuin Sta.Depart around 23:00
  • Stay the night on the Seven Stars


January 17 (Wednesday)

  • Meals :
  • Breakfast /
  • Lunch /
  • Dinner /
  • Mimitsu Sta.Arrive at around 06:50
    • Optional Mimitsu town walk for those interested
  • Mimitsu Sta,Depart at around 08:45
  • Miyazaki Sta.Arrive at around 09:40
    Miyazaki sightseeing plan
    • Sightseeing in Miyazaki – then reboard at Minami-Miyazaki OR
    • Stay on the train (tea time onboard)
  • Minami-Miyazaki Sta.Dept around 12:00
  • Hitoyoshi Sta.Arrive at around 14:20
  • Stay the night at a ryokan

    Take bus from Hitoyoshi to ryokan

January 18 (Thursday)

  • Meals :
  • Breakfast /
  • Lunch /
  • Dinner /
  • Depart Ryokan

    Depart by bus
  • Take a walk and then have lunch at Tenku no Mori

    from 10:00-13:00

    Tenku no Mori

  • Hayato Sta.Depart at around 14:00
  • Sendai Sta.Depart at around 16:30
  • Satsumataki Sta.Depart at around 17:20
  • Minamata Sta.Arrive at around 18:30
  • Stay the night on the Seven Stars


January 19th (Friday)

  • Meals :
  • Breakfast /
  • Lunch /
  • Minamata Sta.Depart at around 07:20
  • Yatsushiro Sta.Depart at around 09:00
  • Omuta Sta.Depart at around 10:55
  • Lunch

    at Yanagawa - transport by bus
  • Hainuzuka Sta.Depart at around 16:30
  • Farewell event

  • Hakata Sta.Arrive at around 17:30