Opulent Trains Show Japan Is Eager to Spend

As optimism returns, the elderly and the affluent open their wallets
A four-day luxury package can cost more than $10,000. The rear car features two deluxe suites and an observation lounge Photograph by Asahi Shimbun/Getty Images

A train ride on the Seven Stars in Kyushu can set you back 391,000 yen ($3,900). For that price, a passenger gets three nights in a suite with walnut and maple paneling. A lounge car offers plush sofas and a pianist to provide live background music. The restaurant car features dishes devised by Koji Shimomura, whose Tokyo restaurant was awarded two stars by Michelin. The service makes its debut Oct. 15. Tickets are sold out until June.

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