SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY IN JAPANESE STYLE
Explore Japan with Seven Stars in Kyushu
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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