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

Do I need a Japan Rail Pass during the Rugby World Cup 2019 ?

Do I need a Japan Rail Pass during the Rugby World Cup 2019 ?

Do I need a Japan Rail Pass during the Rugby World Cup 2019 ? here is our guide.

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

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

Limited Express and Shinkansen

Shinkansen

Train in Japan : on line reservation Overview

Train in Japan : on line reservation Overview with a Japan Rail Pass

On line reservation : JR East Area

Online reservation : JR East Area

JR East is the only company who offers advance on line seat reservation.

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Shinkansen Travel Tips

The Sanyo Shinkansen Line 

The Sanyo Shinkansen Line 

The Sanyo Shinkansen Line is the Shinkansen Line between Shin-Osaka station and Hakata Station Station (Fukuoka) operated by JR West.

The Mickey Mouse Shinkansen

The Mickey Mouse Shinkansen

Since May 2019 and until November 2019, you can ride a Mickey Mouse shinkansen to explore Kyushu with a Japan Rail Pass.

The Shinkansen 500

The Shinkansen 500

On June, 30, JR West introduced a Shinkansen 500 refurbished with the famous character Hello Kitty. Let’s study the story of this Shinkansen model introduced in 1997.

The Shinkansen N700S

The Shinkansen N700S

The N700S is the 6th generation model based on the N700 series. It will debut in 2020 on the main Shinkansen line in Japan, the Tokaido Line.

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Unique Trains in Japan

The new Kyotrain between Osaka and Kyoto

The new Kyotrain between Osaka and Kyoto

Recently the Hankyu Railways announced that starting from march, a new beautiful train will be added to link Osaka and Kyoto : the new Kyotrain Garaku.

Character Trains and Japan Rail Pass

Character Trains and Japan Rail Pass

In Japan, many destinations can be reached by lovely and useful trains, Character trains. Most of them are covered with the Japan Rail Pass.

Yufuin no Mori

Yufuin no Mori

Yufuin no Mori from Fukuoka to Yufuin and Beppu

The Hello Kitty Shinkansen

The Hello Kitty Shinkansen

In march 2018, JR West announced that they will introduce a special shinkansen this summer : the Hello Kitty shinkansen !

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Japanese Stations

Rugby World Cup 2019 : access to the stadiums

Rugby World Cup 2019 : access to the stadiums

For each stadium of the RWC 2019, you will find our tips to access to the cities and to the stadium.

Hamamatsucho Station 

Hamamatsucho Station 

Hamamatsucho Station is a gateway of Tokyo city if you take the Monorail from Haneda International Airport with a Japan Rail Pass.

Harajuku station along the JR Yamanote Line

Harajuku station along the JR Yamanote Line

Harajuku station (JY19) is a key station in Tokyo served by the Yamanote Line.

Lockers in Station in Japan

Lockers in Station in Japan

There are several situations in which you may need to use lockers during your journey in Japan : before check-in or after checkout, during a one-day stop. Here are our tips.

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Getting Around 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

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 Sagano Scenic Railway

The Sagano Scenic Railway

Explore the natural landscape of Kyoto with a ride on the Sagano Scenic Railway with your JR Pass. Order your Japan Rail Pass today - available in 7, 14, and 21 day passes.

Kyoto bus

IC Cards on Kyoto Buses

IC Cards can now be used on Kyoto City Buses. Learn how this can help your travel with your Japan Rail Pass.

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Getting Around Tokyo

How to travel in Tokyo during the Rugby World Cup 2019 ?

How to travel in Tokyo during the Rugby World Cup 2019 ?

How to find your way in Tokyo ? which Pass is needed ? Here is our tips selection to prepare the Rubgy World Cup !

The new Pasmo Passport 

The new Pasmo Passport 

Starting from 1rst of september 2019, a new Pasmo Card is available and dedicated to Japan visitors.

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.

Direct access to Mont Fuji from Shinjuku 

Direct access to Mont Fuji from Shinjuku 

Starting from March 16, a new train reach Kawaguchiko Station directly from Shinjuku Station : the Limited Express FUJI EXCURSION.

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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

Access to Naoshima with a Japan Rail Pass 

Access to Naoshima with a Japan Rail Pass 

You can reach Naoshima by boat from Takamatsu (Shikoku) or Uno Port (Honshu). Let's study the route from Okayama with a Japan Rail Pass.

Shiretoko National Park, Hokkaido

How to go from Abashiri to Kushiro ?

The journey along the Senmo Line from Abashiri to Kushiro in Hokkaido offers some stunning scenery !

How to go from Beppu to Aso ? 

How to go from Beppu to Aso ? 

How to go from Beppu to Aso ? The train Aso Boy with a Japan Rail Pass.

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