While Japan’s bullet trains may be famed for their speed, there is a train in Japan that has garnered a more exclusive reputation: the Cruise Train Seven Stars.
Demand is often so high for a trip on this luxury sleeper train – and space so limited – that prospective passengers often have to enter a lottery for tickets.
Upon boarding the Seven Stars at the busy Hakata Station in the city of Fukuoka, passengers step into another world. The train’s warm wooden interiors and classic design elements evoke another time.
On board the Seven Stars, CNN Style meets its’ 70-year-old designer, Eiji Mitooka, to learn more about what makes the experience on this sleeper train so unique.