Kyushu on the Rails of Luxury #02

FEATURE

Shining over the rails,
the ultimate Kyushu experience.

Before its inaugural run in 2013, JR Kyushu put a lot of time into making sure everything was just right. Eiji Mitooka, who has done many car designs for JR Kyushu, designed the cars with the objective to create inspiring and luxurious sleeper cars unlike any seen before.

The first of the eight cars is a diesel engine, behind which is the Blue Moon Lounge car and the Jupiter dining car. The final five cars house the suites—a total of fourteen, and the final car holds the coveted Suite 701 with an open bay window at the rear to watch scenery trail off into the distance.

“This is a train designed for passengers to enjoy their time. It had to feel more like a home or a nice hotel, and to clear that high hurdle, the experience and knowledge of craftsmen was imperative. Really, the people who made this remarkable train possible were the craftsmen who used their technical acumen to put the finishing touches on the train,” says Mitooka.

JR Kyushu incorporates Japanese tradition into their cars to weave a story into the trains. The 800 Series Shinkansen is a testament to this with its rush-woven curtains and Nishijin-style seat fabrics. The Seven Stars in Kyushu merges modern design approaches with traditional craftsmanship, which shows through every aspect of the car including the gold-leaf wallpaper.

The Suite 701. The most coveted cabin, offering a view from a bay window at the rear of the train to watch scenery trail off into the distance.

Overlooking the Ariake Sea at twilight. A stunning dance of lights reflecting against the window.

The Suite 701. The most coveted cabin, offering a view from a bay window at the rear of the train to watch scenery trail off into the distance.

Overlooking the Ariake Sea at twilight. A stunning dance of lights reflecting against the window.

Sushi while you wait. Enjoy sumptuous sushi meals prepared by renowned chefs right before your eyes.

The cars’ interiors pay homage to traditional Japanese craftsmanship. Representative chefs from each area of Kyushu prepare dishes with local ingredients, giving travelers a true taste of the seven prefectures of Kyushu. Seven Stars in Kyushu is the only place to enjoy seasonal delicacies.

The line offers two courses: 4D3N and the 2D1N. The four-day and three-night course loops around Kyushu, stopping in Oita, Miyazaki, and Kagoshima. The one-night and two-day course takes passengers through Arita and Nagasaki. Both offer majestic views of the countryside and an opportunity to experience the local culture and people.

Enjoy seasonal delicacies such as long-tooth grouper and sea urchin from Kyushu.

Enjoy seasonal delicacies such as long-tooth grouper and sea urchin from Kyushu.

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