Ex­plore Ja­pan with Seven Stars in Kyushu

Escape! Malaysia - - Getaway -

Ja­pan has been en­joy­ing a tourist boom since 2013 but most trav­ellers only shut­tle be­tween the well-trod­den path of Tokyo and Ky­oto. Few ven­ture be­yond Hon­shu, the most densely pop­u­lated out of Ja­pan’s four main is­lands. In or­der to com­bat this no­tion, Seven Stars in Kyushu was born. This lux­u­ri­ous cruise train was built from scratch and started op­er­a­tions on 15 Oc­to­ber 2013. It runs twice weekly on 4D3N (Tues­day to Fri­days) and 2D1N (Satur­day to Sun­days) itin­er­ar­ies. There are seven car­riages be­hind the lo­co­mo­tive and seven pre­fec­tures that make up the is­land of Kyushu – the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the rail’s name. At­trac­tion high­lights are as fol­low. A peace­ful mem­ory in Yu­fuin, lo­cated in south­west Oita pre­fec­ture that holds a basin-shaped val­ley at the base of Mount Yufu, a 1,584m dor­mant vol­cano. Nu­tri­ents are abun­dant in this basin due to rain and snow that seep into the sur­round­ing moun­tains, re­sult­ing in both fresh cold and hot spring wa­ters. South­ern Kyushu is the birth­place of Ja­pan where pas­sen­gers can view the splen­did land­scape from the com­fort of the lux­u­ri­ous train. The earth here has been cleansed through pure white ash from the mag­ni­fi­cient Mount Saku­ra­jima and Kirishima is said to be the place where gods first de­scended. A to­tal of 14 rooms oc­cupy the train, with 12 suites and two deluxe suites. Tak­ing up to a max­i­mum of 30 pas­sen­gers, all of whom must be strictly over 12 years of age, the train aims to pro­vide a peace­ful and undis­turbed re­fined travel ex­pe­ri­ence. Strict dress codes must be com­plied and there are also ad­di­tional guided ex­cur­sions for pas­sen­gers who may want to see more of Kyushu on foot. Book­ings are cur­rently full till end-fe­bru­ary 2017. March to Septem­ber 2017 itin­er­ar­ies will be up for sale be­gin­ning Oc­to­ber 2016.


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