Japan launches luxury Seven Stars train with $11,000 suite

Japan's Kyushu railway unveils the super-luxury Seven Stars train at its train yard in Kitakyushu in Fukuoka prefecture.

(Credit: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images)

Japanese trains are known for their punctuality, speed, and safety, especially when it comes to bullet trains. Comfort and convenience, yes. Luxury, not so much.

But regional railway JR Kyushu has launched a deluxe passenger service where a ticket for two can cost as much as $11,500.

The seven-car Seven Stars is a “cruise train” that will shuttle around the volcanic southern island of Kyushu starting October 15 while pampering its passengers.

A highlight of the all-suite service is the end car’s Deluxe Suite A, a 226-square-foot room that boasts a 5-foot panoramic window overlooking the track behind the train.

This Seven Stars design illustration by Eiji Mitooka shows the last car's interior and large panoramic window.

(Credit: JR Kyushu)

Its appointments are comfortable, though perhaps not extravagant. However, when booked for two people f… [Read more]

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