Tuesday, October 15, 2013
JR Kyushu Launches Deluxe Sleeper Train Tours
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Kyushu Railway Co. (JR Kyushu) began service of its much-anticipated Seven Stars in Kyushu deluxe sleeper train on Tuesday.
- The Seven Stars in Kyushu sleeper train features this luxury suite.
The train, carrying 28 passengers, left Fukuoka's Hakata Station at 12:47 p.m. The passengers for this first trip were selected through a drawing in which some berths had 76 applicants for each open spot.
JR Kyushu has spent about 3 billion yen developing the eight-car sleeper train. The design emphasizes luxury, including fine wood used for the flooring and wall panelling. It has 14 guest rooms that can accommodate up to 30 passengers.
The Seven Stars in Kyushu service offers two tours around Kyushu: a two-day, one-night package; and a four-day, three-night package. The most expensive berth is priced at 1.1 million yen for two people.
The company says the tours are proving popular with seniors and that domestically offered tour packages are already sold out through next June. JR Kyushu says it is also trying to attract wealthy travelers from other Asian countries to the service.
(The Nikkei, Oct. 15 evening edition)