Tour a Japanese isle by luxury rail
On Kyushu Railway Co.'s new Cruise Train Seven Stars, see the top tourist attractions on Japan's southern Kyushu island from a different vantage point. On a two-day trek, make stops in Nagasaki and the hot springs spa town of Yufuin, and tour the volcanic caldera of Mount Aso. A four-day itinerary includes an overnight stay in a Japanese ryokan or hot springs inn.
You'll be traveling in style as you do your exploring. The 14 private suites on the seven-car train feature distinctive artwork, bathrooms with porcelain sinks and cypress paneling, and, in deluxe suites, traditional dividing screens. Public areas include a glass-domed observation car and a dining car that serves food and drink from Kyushu, known for udon noodles and shochu, a distilled spirit.
Booking details: Early dates are sold out. Trips in July to September go on sale in January. From $1,525 per person, all-inclusive. cruisetrain-sevenstars.jp/en/