Reservations pour in for 1.1 million yen train ride

November 01, 2012

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

A new luxury sleeper train set to begin travel around Kyushu next year has been flooded with more requests for reservations than it can handle.

Kyushu Railway Co.'s Seven Stars in Kyushu train will start service on Oct. 15, 2013, and reservations for the period from Oct. 15 through December have already poured in. Each of the eight runs have received an average of 6.4 times as many reservations as there are available spaces.

A Deluxe Suite, costing 1.1 million yen ($13,750) for two people, is particularly popular. Despite the price, the company, also known as JR Kyushu, has received 60 times more reservations than are available for the service's initial launch, a three-night, four-day trip.

JR Kyushu accepted requests for reservations from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31. As of 6 p.m. on Oct. 30, the company's report showed that there were 718 reservations for 112 rooms.

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Artist rendering of the Seven Stars in Kyushu sleeper train (Provided by Kyushu Railway Co.)

Artist rendering of the Seven Stars in Kyushu sleeper train (Provided by Kyushu Railway Co.)

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  • Artist rendering of the Seven Stars in Kyushu sleeper train (Provided by Kyushu Railway Co.)
  • Interior of the Deluxe Suite (Provided by Kyushu Railway Co.)

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