Seven Stars Kyushu Is A Luxury Locomotive You’ll Want To Ride (VIDEO)

The Japanese preoccupation with luxury just climbed 10 levels thanks to the addition of a luxury locomotive in Kyushu called Seven Stars.

Seating 28 passengers very comfortably, the train was built to the tune of $40 million and is reminiscent of the legendary Orient Express.It has a lounge with a piano bar, five sleeping cars,  and dining car. The exterior is painted in an ancient, purple Japanese lacquer and the caboose has a wide, glass observation area. The difference between the Orient Express and Seven Stars, named after Japan’s seven prefectures, however, is this: Seven Stars will only tour the picturesque Japanese countryside, pulled by a freight train.

Designed by Eiji Mitooka and operated by JR Kyushu, the Seven Stars is the first train to shuttle passengers among Kyushu’s numerous tourist attractions. If you and 27 of your closest friends want to chill at 70mph on a weekly 2 day/1 night or 4 day/3 night trip, it will cost upwards of $5,500 per person. Good luck booking a ticket however: tickets are sold out; and the train is yet to ferry anyone.

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