The Japanese train company Seven Stars in the southern island of Kyushu brought to Japan the concept of luxury train travel. While you can zip around the country in the ultra-fast and convenient Shinkansen in a matter of hours, Seven Stars bet was on the slow travel, where the journey is more important than the destination. For the train’s design, they commissioned Mr. Eiji Mitooka, from Don Design Associates in Tokyo. Every single detail was taken care of and the popularity of the trip is such that you must really plan well in advance. Other interesting Japanese train journeys are the Genbi Shinkansen, also called the Art train in Niigata, the Osaka to Sapporo Twilight Express Mizukase and the Train Suite Shiki-Shima offering luxury trips out of Tokyo’s Ueno Station.
The Seven Stars Journey
The Twilight Express
The exclusive Shiki-Shima Train