the Endless Expanse of Kyushu’s Alluring Landscapes
which operates on a 3,000-km-long railroad that connects Kyushu’s seven prefectures.
The island’s diverse nature, histories, and cultures that vary according to each region,
as well as the smiling faces of the locals living along the routes,
are only some of the highlights that you can see from the train.
Framed in our panoramic windows, these once-in-a-lifetime sights will always have a special place in your heart.
Enjoy the endless expanse of Kyushu’s landscapes to your heart’s content.
The excursions will take you to where the sound of the kara usu wooden clay-crushing devices echo in the Onta Yaki Pottery Village in Oita Prefecture mountains, to the Chin Jukan kiln where the ware has been fostered for more than 400 years since crossing to Satsuma from Korea, to the areas rich in nature that stretch in the Nishimoro area of Miyazaki Prefecture at the foot of the Kirishima mountain range, and to the UNESCO Eco Park areas of Bungo-Ono and Bungo-Taketa in Oita Prefecture. Please enjoy this nostalgic but new and exciting journey.
*The itinerary may be changed.
The first destination is Hita in Oita Prefecture. You can experience a day filled with the traditions of Oita, with an excursion to Hita and Onta, the traditional pottery village where you will find the pleasant sound of the kara usu wooden clay-crushing devices, or staying on the train for the experience of making geta (wooden clogs) made of Hita cedar, which are a traditional specialty of Hita.
On the second day, you will travel along the Hisatsu Orange Railway and enjoy the glittering azure colored East China Sea and Yatsushiro Sea. Customers who have chosen the off-train excursion will go to the Satsuma ware pottery "Chin Jukan" kiln. Customers staying onboard the train can enjoy the dynamic scenery of the beautiful Kinko Bay and Sakurajima from the train windows. For the accommodation, we will aim for at Kirishima Onsen, a famous hot spring that represents Kyushu.
In the latter half of the trip, the train will travel along the Kitto Line which connects Kagoshima and Miyazaki, for the first time since the start of the Seven Stars operation. Please enjoy the view that can only be seen here and now from the Seven Stars.
The last part of the Cruise Train journey is along the Hohi Main Line, with a view of Mt. You will build up your thoughts on the travel as scenes flow past the train windows on your way to Hakata Station, which is the last station of your trip and a new starting point for your life.
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Savor Kyushu’s Bountiful Cuisine
Our skilled chefs from all over Kyushu spend time and effort themselves to cook the seasonal ingredients,
which have been grown with love by carefully selected farmers.
Enjoy the luxurious cuisine, which includes Japanese, French, local and Italian cuisine.
- Enjoy simple Kyoto cuisine made with seasonal ingredients from Hakata. The dishes are prepared in a neat and elegant manner, gently harmonizing the owner's sensibility with traditional, yet unorthodox methods. You can enjoy dishes with a balance of seasonal fish and vegetables that you will not get tired eating. (Lunch)
- La Verveine
- La Verveine is a French restaurant located in Yufuin, Oita Prefecture. It uses local ingredients for dishes that will make your mind and body healthy and enable you to eat with peace of mind. The cuisine is made with the hope that you will eat the delicious food and be revitalized. (Dinner)
- Seven Stars Head Chef
- The head chef on the Seven Stars makes use of ingredients that have been grown in the bountiful nature of Kyushu and locally processed foods that are filled with the wishes of the producers.
Please enjoy the delicious breakfast prepared for travelers by the head chef, who has spent many years with guests on the Seven Stars. (Breakfast)
- Hitomi Otsuka
- A cooking researcher from Fukuoka Prefecture. She uses foods she has chosen by personally visiting the producers and prepares original dishes for the Seven Stars that bring out the goodness of the carefully prepared ingredients. Please enjoy the comforting dishes that can only be eaten here and now and are perfect for the middle part of the trip. (Lunch)
- Nishimoro Omotenashi Bento
- Miyazaki has a history of forestry. At Hinamori Meiboku, "Kirishima cedar" which have been carefully collected at the expert judgment of previous generations are dried naturally for many years before use. Everything is filled with "vital energy". Dishes made from local ingredients are packed in bento boxes made of "wood with vital energy". (Lunch)
- CERCA TROVA
- Italian cuisine made using ingredients from the mountains and sea of nature-rich Nobeoka. Please enjoy original dishes that are created with the incorporation of the wishes of the producers who deliver the vegetables harvested that morning and the freshly caught seafood. (Dinner)
- Breakfast at Murezuru Shuzo
- "Watadamai" (rice for presentation to the Imperial Family) cooked in the oven of the cellar of the Murezuru Shuzo brewery, and "Torijiru" chicken soup. Watadamai rice is a historic rice which is known as "gozenmai", because it was eaten by local feudal lords in the Edo period. It is cooked in the oven of the brewery cellar. The Torijiru chicken soup is a local dish prepared with local chicken, vegetables and seasonings. (Breakfast)
- olmo coppia
- This is an organic restaurant in a renovated 160 year old storage house near Aso Station. It is well known for its dishes that are warm and good for both body and soul. On the Seven Stars, the restaurant "Kasei" at Aso Station will serve safe and heartwarming homemade dishes using organic ingredients, with a focus on homegrown vegetables and organic vegetables grown in open fields that are delivered from Minami-Aso. (Lunch)