On Japanese trains

japanese trains


Storing your luggage in train japan-rail-pass.com
Unlike European trains, Japanese trains do not provide much space for large suitcases. Large cases can generally be stored behind the last seats at each end of the car. And your smaller items of luggage can of course be stored above your seat.


Finding the right spot on the train
When you are travelling in the daytime, consider using the train to take a tour.

This will give you exceptional views of Mount Fuji when travelling to Tokyo from Kyoto, in particular if you are sitting on the left (which corresponds to seats in row E).

The same applies when travelling to Kanazawa from Kyoto to see Lake Biwa (sitting on the left).

On local trains and on certain Limited Express trains, the train driver's cabin is see-through and provides panoramic views of the landscape. This is the place to be.

For example, when crossing the inland sea from Honshu to Shikoku, the first 2 seats on the right behind the driver provide an impressive view of the inland sea.


Enjoying all the advantages on the train in Japan
All long-distance trains have comfortable reclining seats.

The seats can be turned round by 180°C; as well as enabling you to always be facing forwards, these seats will enable you to travel in a group easily by forming 'squares'.

The trains all have Western-style toilets and you can make telephone calls on most trains.

A smoking area is often available between the cars.


Avoiding rush hours : japan-rail-pass.com
Peak times in Japan are between 7 am and 9 am and 5 pm and 7 pm. Most trains are generally overcrowded at these times, which makes it very difficult to move around with large items of luggage.


Eating on the board
You will never go hungry on a Japanese train. Major stations offer a wide range of ekiben which often contain a local speciality.

Additionally, if you haven't had time to buy a bento, there is a regular trolley service in the cars (except for local trains). Enjoying a delicious ekiben while you watch the scenery go by is one of the highlights of the trip.

Your Pass at the best price

National JR Pass From $ 254
JR Kansai Pass From $ 20
JR Kyushu Pass From $ 135
JR Shikoku Pass From $ 67
JR West Pass From $ 171
JR Hokkaido Pass From $ 149
JR Central Pass From $ 126
JR East Pass From $ 234

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