Almost 15 months ago today, I left home for Fukuoka, Japan to ride the world’s latest – and some would say most exclusive – luxury train.
Since its introduction in October, 2013, the 28-passenger Cruise Train Seven Stars in Kyushu has been wildly popular.
Kyushu Railways regularly holds lotteries to see who gets to ride the Seven Stars at a price of up to $2,000 a day.
Now I know why. I, too, was blown away.
So much so that we named the Seven Stars the latest of our “World’s Top 25 Trains®.”
What makes the Seven Stars so special? Simply put, the train’s design rivals anything riding the rails today. (See video below.)
“OMG! I have never been on such a gorgeous train!” one of our guests wrote soon after she boarded last fall.
That’s why I’m thrilled to announce that the Seven Stars will again be a star element of our November, 2017 Japan tour. (Click here for full itinerary.)
The itinerary luxuriously showcases the charms of Kyushu, renowned for its hot springs, impressive cuisine, and natural beauty.
More good news: we’ll again offer, as an extension, the two-hour ride between Sasebo and Nagasaki on JR Kyushu’s aptly named Sweet Train.
Working with our Virtuoso specialists, Windows to Japan, we’ve crafted a magnificent itinerary.
Our Nov. 3 – 18, 2017 tour carefully combines bullet trains, scenic trains, cultural experiences, overnights at a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn), visits to gardens and shrines, and stunning natural beauty.
It occurs at a time when the fall leaves should be spectacular and the weather perfect.
And, new this year, we’re adding a ride on JR Kyushu’s SL Hitoyoshi steam train along the scenic Kuma River. Also new this year is a visit to the Kyoto Railway Museum.
The icing on the cake? The four-day Seven Stars luxury rail tour grand finale. (Did I mention we’re the first U.S. company to charter the Seven Stars?)
It’s first-come, first-served. So join us!
For the latest on our “Deluxe Rail Journey of Japan” featuring the Seven Stars of Kyushu this November, please click here.
Questions: please call 800-478-4881 or 502-897-1725. Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Owen C. Hardy is founder and CEO of The Society of International Railway Travelers.