No question that flights are the fastest way to travel but train journeys are like a romance with the idea of traveling. “36+3,” the train is a new luxury sightseeing train offering day-trips instead of overnight accommodations, through seven different scenic routes throughout Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost main island known for its hot springs, Oita, Miyazaki, Kumamoto, Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, and Kagoshima. The train can accommodate up to 105 people and is a beauty in black with a gleaming exterior and even more glorious interiors. The interiors look luxuriously done with shoji doors, lattice ceilings, and even tatami mat floors. The same designers have worked on the new 36+3 train, who lent one of the most luxurious trains in the world, the Seven Stars its inimitable charm. Though it’s a train, you should board only for day trips; it provides seating options ranging from the standard passenger seats to private rooms featuring a fusion of Western and Japanese styles and a lounge for passengers to really relax and rejuvenate. No rejuvenation is complete without the addition of some good food found in a Buffet room offering sake, refreshments, and Kyushu specialties.
The cute train also has a cute name for a specific reason- the ‘36’ in the train’s name stands for Kyushu being the 36th largest island globally. Simultaneously, the ‘+3’ represents passengers, residents, and the railway company. The train journey ensures you thoroughly enjoy the destination covered, which is why the trips are divided into five different routes from Thursday to Monday. Each route is color-themed to showcase the highlights of the towns along the way. Prices for tickets with meal plans for adults range from ¥12,000 ($115) to ¥30,000 ($290) depending on routes and plans.
[Via: Japan Times]