Travel by train

Read all of our tips to travel by train in Japan!

Combining a dense railway network with a punctual and fast service, the train is an excellent way to discover Japan.

Japan is the land of the train, with one of the most developed railway networks in the world, if not the best. To make the best of this unique experience, discover all our tips put together by our team, for you to get the most out of your journey!

Taking the Train in Japan

The NEW Takayama-Hokuriku Tourist Pass

The NEW Takayama-Hokuriku Tourist Pass

The popular limited-edition Takayama-Hokuriku Pass has been updated for 2015-2016! Read about the changes here.

Train in Japan : What ’s new in march 2019 ?

Train in Japan : What ’s new in march 2019 ?

Limited Express and Shinkansen

The Takayama-Hokuriku Tourist Pass

The Takayama-Hokuriku Tourist Pass

The Takayama Hokuriku Tourist Pass, new for 2014/2015, is a great way to travel from major cities to Kanazawa and Takayama. Learn more here!

The New Sanyo-San'in Regional Pass

The New Sanyo-San'in Regional Pass

The JR West regional pass is new and improved in 2015. Here's what you need to know about the changes! - Buy your JR Pass today, available in 7-, 14-, and 21-day passes.

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Shinkansen Travel Tips

Un voyageur dans un Shinkansen regarde le Mont Fuji

Japanese Bullet Trains

The best way to travel around Japan is on a high speed Bullet Train. Order your Japan Rail Pass today online!

Inside the Gran Class

Inside the Gran Class

The Gran Class, the Japan bullet train's latest first-class experience. Travel on the bullet train with your Japan Rail Pass - order today!

The Hokuriku Shinkansen

The Hokuriku Shinkansen

In March 2015, the brand new Hokuriku bullet train line will open! Get ready to ride it with your Japan Rail Pass - Available in 7-, 14-, and 21-day passes.

The New Hokkaido Shinkansen

The New Hokkaido Shinkansen

Since March 2016, the brand new Hokkaido Shinkansen line is in operation. Read more about it here, and get your Japan Rail Pass today! Available in 7-, 14-, and 21-day passes.

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Unique Trains in Japan

The Koshino Shu*Kura Train

The Koshino Shu*Kura Train

This incredible train has live jazz and local saké! Read more about this magical Japan train.

The Best Winter Views by Rail

The Best Winter Views by Rail

Explore the incredible beauty of Japan in winter from the window of your Japan train. Order your Japan Rail Pass today.

The Twilight Express Overnight Train

The Twilight Express Overnight Train

The Twilight Express train was a very famous overnight train between Osaka and Sapporo.

Even More of the Seven Stars in Kyushu

Even More of the Seven Stars in Kyushu

Exclusive Japan-Rail-Pass.com photos of the luxury cruise train, the Seven Stars in Kyushu!

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Japanese Stations

Sannomiya, Kobe, and Shin-Kobe Stations

Sannomiya, Kobe, and Shin-Kobe Stations

The many JR Stations in Kobe can sometimes be confusing for travellers. Learn more about them here!

Japan's Eki Naka Phenomenon

Japan's Eki Naka Phenomenon

Japan's Eki Naka Phenomenon with everything you need including shopping, food/drink, and events. Find out what you can explore with your Japan Rail Pass!

Navigating Hiroshima Station

Navigating Hiroshima Station

Never been to Hiroshima? Your guide to Hiroshima Station and transport that you can use with your Japan Rail Pass.

Japan's Most Unique Train Stations

Japan's Most Unique Train Stations

Check out some of Japan's highest and lowest train stations. Order your Japan Rail Pass today!

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Getting Around Kyoto

How to go from Kyoto to Nara ?

How to go from Kyoto to Nara ?

Discover how to go from Kyoto to Nara and its famous temples from Kyoto.

The JR Sagano Line

The JR Sagano Line

A trip along the Sagano Line from Kyoto Station to Saga-Arashiyama is the best way of making use of your Japan Rail Pass while staying in Kyoto

From Kansai International Airport to Kyoto with a Japan Rail Pass

From Kansai International Airport to Kyoto with a Japan Rail Pass

How to reach Kyoto from Kansai International Airport with a Japan Rail Pass ?

Discover Kyoto Station - Your Japan Rail Pass 

Discover Kyoto Station - Your Japan Rail Pass 

Discover Kyoto Station and its shinkansen platforms, JR platforms and Kintetsu station.

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Getting Around Tokyo

The JR Yokosuka Line

The JR Yokosuka Line

The JR Yokosuka Line connects Tokyo Station to Yokohama, Kamakura, Zushi, Yokosuka and Kurihama and is covered with a Japan Rail Pass.

The JR Yamanote Line

The JR Yamanote Line

The JR Yamanote Line is the best way to get around Tokyo. It connects 30 stations including major stations as Tokyo Station, Shibuya Station, Shinjuku Station.

The JR Yamanote Line

The JR Yamanote Line - Part 4

Discover the most convenient way to travel Tokyo with your Japan Rail Pass: From Takadanobaba to Sugamo through the JR Yamanote Line.

Discover Kamakura

Discover Kamakura

Kamakura is a lovely town by the sea, with an easy access from Tokyo. It counts 65 Buddhist temples and 19 Shinto shrines, located throughout the town and in the surrounding hills.

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Itineraries for Japan

How to go from Okayama to Matsue ?

How to go from Okayama to Matsue ?

The route to Adachi Museum of Art, Matsue Castle and Izumo Taisha Shrine

The Inland Sea 

The Inland Sea 

As Japan is made up of so many islands, it is naturally home to an extensive network of ferry routes.

Access to Miyajima with a Japan Rail Pass

Access to Miyajima with a Japan Rail Pass

Easily reached in about 40 minutes from Hiroshima with a Japan Rail Pass, Miyajima is a treasure of an island only 2 km (1 ¼ miles) off the mainland in the Seto Inland Sea.

Discover North of Japan with the new Hokkaido Shinkansen

Discover North of Japan with the new Hokkaido Shinkansen

Discover North of Japan with the New Hokkaido Shinkansen : Hakodate and Aomori

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