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  • Cruising through the Japanese countryside in the lap of luxury
  • Cruising through the Japanese countryside in the lap of luxury
    Chin KC, Creative Commons (2013) ©

Seven Stars: Japanese cruise trains go full steam ahead

Japan may be renowned for its high speed bullet trains, but a new kind of rail revolution is set to put the wheels of the country’s economic growth in motion. The Seven Stars in Kyushu is one in a number of luxurious cruise trains charging big bucks to meander through Japan's exquisite countryside.

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Exemplifying Japan’s breakneck economic growth after World War Two, the country’s rail network has since achieved a near-mythical status both abroad and at home, astonishing tourists with a punctuality rate that reported an average delay of 0.6 minutes in 2014 and remaining a source of pride, as well as necessity, for millions of daily commuters. [1][2]

Now, after almost two decades of economic stagnation and faced with a dwindling population, Japan is once again turning to the train as a means of national revitalisation. With ambitions to ‘exceed the Orient Express’, the Seven ...



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