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Narita Airport Ticket Office

Japan Rail Pass Exchange Offices

Japan Rail Pass Exchange Offices: the major offices throughout Japan where an Exchange Order can be exchanged for a Japan Rail Pass. Below are a few of the 51 offices throughout Japan where the Exc

Morioka

How to go from Sendai to Morioka?

From Sendai to Morioka, you will find outstanding views of rural Japan to the left and right of the train.

Dotonbori, Osaka

Osaka Loop Line

The Osaka Loop Line in one of the many convenient train lines that runs through the metropolitan Osaka area.

Zao Onsen

How to go from Tokyo to Sendai?

Located just an hour and a half away from Tokyo by Shinkansen, Sendai is known for its tree-lined streets and Tanabata festival. A variety of sightseeing spots are abound on the way, too!

Sendai Subway

Sendai Subway

Sendai subway has two lines: the north-south Namboku Line and the east-west Tozai Line. Sendai Station is the major intersection of the two lines.

Tohoku Emotion train

The Tohoku Emotion

The Tohoku Emotion is a Japanese train, which crosses the northernmost part of the main island of Honshu and makes you taste the specialties of the region.

Koraku-en Garden, Okayama

How to go from Okayama to Matsue?

Japan has always boasted a very rich historical background, and the itinerary from Okayama to Matsue is especially representative of that.

Train Conductor in Japan

Jorudan

If you want to optimize your time when taking the train in Japan, you should plan your routes well in advance (and ensure that you order your Japan Rail Pass prior to departing for Japan).

Shinagawa

The JR Yamanote Line

The JR Yamanote line runs in a loop around Tokyo; a full circuit takes about an hour.

Aso

How to go from Beppu to Aso? 

The journey from Beppu to Aso will take you through Japan's volcanic areas.

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Wakayama Electric Railway

Wakayama Electric Railway (Dentetsu) is a private railway that runs from Wakayama city to Kishi in Kinokawa.

Nara

How to go from Kyoto to Nara ?

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

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Cute Character Trains In Japan

Character Trains In Japan: see a listing of Japan's many cute character trains with special liveries and interiors such as the Anpanman train, Tama train and Yokai train.

Smartphone

Smartphone Apps for Your Japan Rail Travel

Check out a few of our favorite apps to use when traveling Japan by rail! Order your JR Pass today - available in 7-, 14-, and 21-day passes.

Nagoya

How to go from Tokyo to Nagoya ?

Discover the Tokaido Line and reach Nagoya with your Japan Rail Pass

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How to go from Matsumoto to Nagoya ?

This train line between Matsumoto and Nagoya is covered by the Japan Rail Pass and runs through the Kiso Valley, along the route of the Nakasendo Highway, the old postal route between Edo (Tokyo) a

Takachiho, Miyazaki

How to go from Oita to Miyazaki ?

Running down the east coast of Kyushu the journey between Oita and Miyazaki on the Limited express Nichirin or Nichirin Seagaia is a contrast of mountain and sea.

Nachi, Kumano Kodo, Wakayama

How to go from Shingu to Osaka ?

The Kuroshio is the most frequent train, connecting Kii peninsula, Kyoto, Shin-Osaka and Tennoji.

Biwa, Shiga

How to go from Kanazawa to Kyoto ?

Discover with your Japan Rail Pass the route between Kanazawa and Kyoto, it follows the northern coast of japan, before heading south along Lake Biwa. If you have time, make a stop at Fukui.

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Practical tips on JR PASS

Japan is the country of trains, with probably the densest network in the world, the highest traffic... It has therefore developed a culture of train travel unique in the world.

Kawaguchiko

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.

Yokohama

Navigating Yokohama Station

Yokohama Station is about half an hour from Tokyo with a Japan Rail Pass. It provides access to Chinatown, Landmark Tower and Minato Mirai district close to the sea.

Omotesando, Harajuku

Harajuku station along the JR Yamanote Line

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

Fukuoka

How to go from Fukuoka to Kumamoto ?

Let's discover the journey between Fukuoka and Kumanoto !

The Chuo Main Line in Tajimi, Gifu - serving mainly the localities

Chuo Line

The Chuo Main Line is a Japan Rail-operated railway line that goes between Tokyo and Nagoya, and is not to be confused with the Chuo Line (Rapid), which is the special section of the line that serv

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Chuo Line Subway

The Chuo Line in Osaka is a municipal subway running west-east from Cosmosquare at Osaka Port to Nagata Station through Hommachi and north central Osaka.

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Nozomi Shinkansen Train

The Nozomi is the super-express bullet train service on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line, faster than the Kodama and Hikari services, and is the only shinkansen service not covered by the Japan Rail Pas

Métro souterrain de Tokyo arrivant à quai

Tokyo Subway Tickets

Read information on the various Tokyo subway tickets available including Pasmo and Suica IC cards, one-day tickets and special tickets for foreign visitors.

Bus in Kyoto

Kyoto Bus & Subway Travel Cards & Passes

Kyoto Bus & Subway Travel Cards & Passes: see a listing of all the bus and subway passes available for visitors to and residents of Kyoto.

How to read a Shinkansen Reservation Ticket ?

Your national Japan Rail Pass entitles you to seat reservations on many trains all over Japan. Learn here how to read the seat reservation ticket

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Oedo Line Tokyo Subway

The Oedo Line operated by Toei is a large subway loop line around Tokyo that also has a long branch line to its north-west.

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.

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Okachimachi Station

Okachimachi Station is the main station for the ebullient market, dining and entertainment area of Okachimachi in Tokyo's Taito ward.

Rugby 2019

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.

Yamanote

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 transport prepayment card, essential for any trip to Japan!

The new Pasmo Passport 

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

Rugby 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.

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Orange Hisatsu Railway

The Orange Hisatsu Railway is a private railway that runs 117 kilometers between Yatsushiro in Kumamoto and Sendai in Kagoshima.

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Gomen Nahari Line

The Tosa Kuroshio Railway Gomen Nahari Line (ごめん・なはり線) in Shikoku runs just over 42 kilometers between Gomen and Nahari stations.

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Karasuma Oike Station Kyoto

Karasuma Oike Station in Kyoto is the intersect station of the Karasuma and Tozai Line of the Kyoto Municipal Subway network.

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Mito Station

Mito Station in Mito city, Ibaraki Prefecture has trains on the Joban, Suigun and Oarai Kashima lines. Ueno Station is just over an hour by express.

Tokyo Monorail

Hamamatsucho Station 

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

Fukuoka

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.

JR Yokosuka

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.

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Kumamoto Station

Kumamoto Station, in Kumamoto city, Kyushu, is on the Kyushu Shinkansen to Hakata, the Hohi Line and JR Kagoshima Main Line.

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Keio New Line

The Keio New Line runs from Shinjuku Station in Shinjuku, Tokyo to Sasazuka Station in Shibuya where it connects with the Keio Line.

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Horyuji Station Nara JR Yamatoji Line

Horyuji Station is on the JR Yamatoji Line and is a 20 minute walk from Horyuji Temple in Nara. The station has coin lockers and is staffed.

Fuji

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

Limited Express and Shinkansen

Sendagi Station

Sendagi Station Tokyo Chiyoda Line

Sendagi Station Tokyo is a Tokyo metro line station on the Chiyoda Line close to the historic Yanaka district of Tokyo and Yanaka Ginza.

La Malle de Bois

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.

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Yotsuya Station

Yotsuya Station on the border between Shinjuku and Chiyoda wards is a large, conveniently located train station containing a lot of facilities, about 20 minutes walk west of the Imperial Palace, To

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Akasaka-Mitsuke Station

Akasaka-Mitsuke Station is a subway station in Minato ward, Tokyo, serving a lively entertainment, shopping and hotel district.

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Hakodate Station

Hakodate Station is a major station and point of access in Hakodate in Hokkaido with trains to Sapporo, Otaru and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto.

Kyotrain

The Kyotrain between Osaka and Kyoto

Starting from march 2019, the Hankyu Railways added a new beautiful train to link Osaka and Kyoto : the Kyotrain Garaku.

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 !

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Getting Around Hagi

Getting Around Hagi: find information on trains to Hagi in Yamaguchi Prefecture, its railway stations, long distance buses and the Hagi Loop Bus.

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Tottori Station

Tottori Station is the main railway station serving Tottori city, the capital of Tottori Prefecture. There are trains on the San-in Line and Inbi Line.

Projected image of station signboard for Takanawa Gateway Station. Courtesy of @seibu271_rs on Twitter

Takanawa Gateway - Tokyo's New Railway Station

Takanawa Gateway Station is due to open on the JR Yamanote and Keihin Tohoku lines in 2020, in time for the Tokyo Olympics.

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Chiyoda Line Tokyo Subway

The Chiyoda Line is a Tokyo subway line that connects seamlessly at both ends to the Odakyu Line to the west and the Joban Line to the east.

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Kuramae Station

Kuramae Station on the Oedo Line and Kuramae Station on the Asakusa Line are both Toei-operated subway line stations in the Kuramae district.

Asakusa Line Trains, Tokyo

Asakusa Line Tokyo Subway

The Asakusa Line is a Tokyo subway line that connects seamlessly at both ends to other lines, linking both Narita and Haneda airports.

Shinkansen

Train in Japan : on line reservation Overview

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

Reservation Shinkansen

Online reservation : JR East Area

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

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Akabane Station Tokyo

Akabane Station in Kita Ward in the very north of urban Tokyo is a busy commuter train station entirely operated by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East).

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Utsunomiya Station

Utsunomiya Station is the main point of access for rail services to Utsunomiya city in Tochigi Prefecture in the northern Kanto.

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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.

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Hitoyoshi Station

Hitoyoshi Station in Kumamoto is on the Hisatsu Line and is the terminus for several scenic trains: the Kawasemi Yamasemi, Isaburo Shinpei and Hitoyoshi SL.

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Nerima Station

Nerima Station in western Tokyo is a busy commuter station on the Toei Oedo Line, the Seibu Ikebukuro Line and the Seibu Toshima Line.

Yufuin, Oita

Yufuin no Mori

Yufuin no Mori from Fukuoka to Yufuin and Beppu

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Kawasemi-Yamasemi Kingfisher Sightseeing Train

The Kawasemi-Yamasemi, Kingfisher Sightseeing Train entered service in 2017 and runs between Kumamoto and Hitoyoshi in Kyushu.

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Yonago Station

Yonago Station: Yonago Station in Tottori Prefecture is a major rail hub with trains on the San-in Line, Hakubi Line and Sakai Line.

Ryogoku Station, Tokyo

Ryogoku Station

Ryogoku Station on the JR Sobu Line serves the Ryogoku (sumo) district on the east bank of the Sumida River, in Tokyo's Sumida ward.

Sapporo

Discover Sapporo Station

Sapporo Station is the main station of Hokkaido Island. It is also home to many shops and to the JR Tower, the tallest building in Sapporo.

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Mojiko Retro Kanko Line Shiokaze Train

Mojiko Retro Kanko Line Shiokaze Train: The Mojiko Retro Tourist Train Line runs just over two kilometers from near Mojiko Station in Mojiko to Mekari Park.

Furano

The Lavender Farm station

The area near Furano and Biei is famous for its beautiful flowers blooming in July and August. Here is our guide to reach the Lavender Farm Station.

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Kokura Station

Kokura Station: Kokura Station in Kokura, the second largest station in all of Kyushu, is the main transportation hub for the city of Kitakyushu in Fukuoka Prefecture, northern Kyushu.

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Aso Boy Trains

Aso Boy Trains: Since 2011 the Aso Boy limited express train has been running, not surprisingly considering its name, to and from Mount Aso, the massive volcano in the middle of the island.

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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.

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Kurofune Black Ship Train

The Kurofune or Black Ship Train is a Commodore Perry-themed train that operates between Atami and Shimoda on the Izu Peninsula. The trains offer spectacular ocean views.

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Nose Railway Myoken Line

The Nose Railway Myoken Line runs from Kawanishi in Hyogo Prefecture to Nose in Osaka Prefecture.

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Asakusabashi Station

Asakusabashi Station: read a guide to Asakusabashi Station on the Toei Asakusa Subway Line and the JR Chuo-Sobu Line.

How to go from Aomori to Akita ? 

How to go from Aomori to Akita ? 

If on the first part of the journey the JR trains from Aomori to Akita via Odate run through residential areas, the landscape gradually opens up to reveal beautiful scenery of the Japanese countrys

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Takadanobaba Station

Takadanobaba Station in Tokyo is located in the north of Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward, about halfway between Shinjuku and Ikebukuro stations.

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Seibu Shinjuku Station

Seibu Shinjuku Station in Shinjuku, Tokyo serves only one private railway company, Seibu Railways.

Kids

Japan : Take the train with your children

Traveling with children in Japan is quite easy. Here are our tips for taking the train and purchase the right Japan Rail Pass.

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Kawagoe Train Stations

Kawagoe train stations: Kawagoe, in Saitama is served by three train stations: Hon Kawagoe Station, Kawagoe Station and Kawagoe-shi Station.

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Sunrise Izumo Night Train

The Sunrise Izumo from Tokyo to Izumo or Takamatsu is one of Japan's last remaining sleeper trains. Every night at 10 pm the Sunrise Izumo leaves Tokyo with the train dividing at Okayama.

Hara Station Nagoya

Hara Station Nagoya Tsurumai Line

Hara Station is a subway station in the east of Nagoya on the Tsurumai Line. Hara is one stop after Hirabari going west; the next stop is Ueda Station.

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Miyazaki Station

Miyazaki Station is the main station for Miyazaki city, the capital of Miyazaki Prefecture at the southern end of Kyushu.

Shinkansen

Free wifi on bullets train 

Free wifi on Shinkansen with a Japan Rail Pass

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Yamashina Station Kyoto

Yamashina Station in north east Kyoto is made up of three stations: JR Yamashina Station, the Yamashina subway station and Keihan Yamashina Station on the Keishin Line.

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Yufuin Station Oita Prefecture

Yufuin Station serves the very popular rural hot spring resort of Yufuin in the mountains of Oita Prefecture in Kyushu.

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Oita Station Guide

Oita Station: read a guide to JR Oita Station which is on three lines: Nippo Line, Kyudai Line and the Hohi Line. The station is also a large shopping and entertainment center.

Hello Kitty Shinkansen

The Hello Kitty Shinkansen

In march 2018, JR West introduced a special shinkansen in the summer : the Hello Kitty shinkansen !

Susukino district in Sapporo city, Hokkaido, Japan.

How to go from Sapporo to Asahikawa with a Japan Rail Pass ? 

Trains from Sapporo to Asahikawa are quite frequent. Let 's go north !

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Accessing New Chitose Airport

Let's see how to access to New Chitose Airport.

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Nakatsu Station

JR Nakatsu Station in Oita Prefecture, Kyushu is served by the Sonic and Nichirin Limited Express trains which run between Hakata Station and Miyazaki.

Kyoto

Seven days itineraries

If you are planning to travel seven days in japan, the seven itineraries below can be useful. Have a look !

Himi

The Himi Line

The Himi line is a 16,5 km line between Takaoka station and Himi station in Toyama prefecture. The train is decorated with the manga Ninja Hattori-kun.

Shimanami Kaido

How to go from Matsuyama to Okayama ?

The Shiokaze Limited Express runs direct from Matsuyama to Okayama and is covered with the Japan Rail Pass.

How to go from Kushiro to Sapporo ?

How to go from Kushiro to Sapporo ?

The route between Kushiro and Sapporo is covered by the beautiful blue, green and red Super Ozora Limited Express Train.

Odakyu

The Graceful Super Express Romance Car

The Odakyu Electric Railway, a private company in Japan, revealed at the end of 2017 its new limited express train : The Graceful Super Express Romance Car

Ryogoku Kokugikan

The Chuo Sobu Line in Tokyo

From Ryogoku Station to Nakano Station, you will ride a section of the Chuo Sobu Line running from Chiba to Mitaka.

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Fukuchiyama Line

The Fukuchiyama Line is a JR railway line between Osaka Station and Fukuchiyama in Kyoto Prefecture.

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Shintetsu Arima Line

The Shintetsu Arima Line (Kobe Dentetsu Arima-sen) is a 22.5km-long commuter railway line in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture operated by Kobe Electric Railway. It connects Arima Onsen with central Kobe.

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Okuizumo Orochi Train

The Okuizumo Orochi train offers a relaxed and scenic train ride through remote mountains and valleys in an open car through Shimane and Hiroshima prefectures.

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Chuo Main Line Nagoya-Nakatsugawa

Chuo Main Line Nagoya-Nakatsugawa: read a guide to the Chuo Main Line and the 20 stations between Nagoya Station and Nakatsugawa Station.

Keihan Line Train Carriage Elegant Saloon 8000 Series Double Decker

Keihan Main Line

Keihan Railways operates train services in the Kansai area of west central Japan, namely Kyoto, Osaka and Shiga prefectures.

Shibuya Starbuck

Discover Shibuya Station

Shibuya is a vibrant shopping area with many department stores. Let's discover the gateway of this area, Shibuya Station.

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The SL Hitoyoshi train

Starting from Kumamoto, the SL Hitoyoshi Steam train ride along the Kuma River and reach Hitoyoshi in 2 hours and 24 minutes

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Yoro Line

Yoro Railway (Yoro Tetsudo), is a small subsidiary of Kintetsu Railways that operates a single line, just under 60km in length, that connects Kuwana in Mie Prefecture with Ibi in Gifu Prefecture.

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Haruka Express Train

The JR Haruka Express connects Kyoto Station with Kansai International Airport (KIX) with trains at busy times running through Shiga Prefecture to Maibara Station.

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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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Kawaramachi Station Takamatsu

Kawaramachi Station in Takamatsu city, Shikoku, is a major hub for Kotoden trains and buses. Kawaramachi Station in Takamatsu incorporates Flag department store.

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Takamatsu Transport

Takamatsu transport: find information on Takamatsu Station, Kotoden trains and buses, taxis and ferries from Takamatsu Port.

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Matsuyama-shi Station

Matsuyama-shi Station (as known as Matsuyama City Station or shieki is the other major railway station in Matsuyama in Ehime Prefecture on Shikoku along with JR Matsuyama Station.

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Matsuyama Station

JR Matsuyama Station is the main point of access by train to Matsuyama city in the western part of Shikoku. There are trains to Matsuyama from Okayama Station and Takamatsu Station.

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Limited Express Super Hakuto

The Limited Express Super Hakuto is the fastest train to Tottori from Kyoto and Osaka, and travelers from Tokyo can easily change to it from the shinkansen at Shin-Osaka.

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Shin-Aomori Station

Shin-Aomori Station is the northern terminus station for the Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo and the starting point for the Hokkaido Shinkansen to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station in Hakodate.

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Aomori Station

Aomori Station is on the Ou Main Line for Shin-Aomori Station, Hirosaki Station, Akita Station, Yamagata, and Niigata and the Aoimori Railway Line for Hachinohe and Morioka.

Sendai Station, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture

Sendai Station

JR Sendai Station is Akita and Tohoku shinkansen lines, the Sendai subway, the Tohoku Main Line, the Senseki Line and the Joban Line.

Takamatsu

How to go from Okayama to Takamatsu ? 

If you are coming to Shikoku from Honshu, your first stop will probably be Takamatsu, the capital of Kagawa prefecture.Take the Marine Liner rapid train along the Seto-Ohashi Line in Okayama.

Kinosaki Onsen

How to go from Kinosaki Onsen to Kyoto  ?

Kinosaki Onsen is a pleasant town, built along a willow-lined river and is one of the most popular onsen destinations of the Kansai Region.

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Shimokitazawa Station

Shimokitazawa Station serves two lines connecting the bohemian Shimokitazawa commercial area to Shinjuku and Shibuya stations a little to the east.

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Bantan Line

Bantan Line (播但線): the Bantan Line connects Himeji and Wadayama in Hyogo Prefecture. One train on the line called the Sky Castle train depicts Takeda Castle Ruins.

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How to go from Asahikawa to Wakkanai ?

The route is covered by the Soya Service, a limited express train which runs between Sapporo and Wakkanai and the Sarobetsu Service, which runs between Asahikawa and Wakkanai.

Kyoto, Momiji

Automn colors by train 

In Japan, Autumn means with colorful garden and forest. To view the red leaf (Momiji-gari) many places can be reach by rail. Discover our selection.

 

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Kamiiida Line & Meitetsu Komaki Line

Kamiiida Line & Meitetsu Komaki Line: the Kamiiida Line & Meitetsu Komaki Line connects Heian-dori Station in Nagoya with Inuyama to the north.

Kanazawa, Ishikawa

How to go from Takayama to Kanazawa ?

First take a Limited Express (Wide View) Hida train from Takayama to Toyama and then jump on a Hokuriku Shinkansen from Toyama through to Kanazawa.

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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The resort view Furusato Train

The resort view Furusato train runs between Nagano and Minami-Otari and is covered with a Japan Rail Pass. All along the journey the view on the Northern Alps is breathtaking.

Naruto, Shikoku

The Inland Sea 

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

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Kochi Station

Kochi Station is the main point of access for Kochi city and is also a highway bus terminal and on the Kochi tram network.

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Meiko Line

The Meiko Line is a continuation of the Meijo Line of the Nagoya subway system and runs 6km from Kanayama Station to Nagoyako Station in the Nagoya Port district of the city.

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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.

Takamatsu, Kagawa

How to go from Takamatsu to Kochi ? 

From Takamatsu, located in central Kagawa Prefecture on the island of Shikoku, you can head south on the Dosan Line to Kochi.

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Tozai Line Kyoto Subway

The Tozai Line of Kyoto Subway runs east-west from Rokujizo Station to Uzumasa Tenjingawa Station. The Tozai Line intersects with the Karasuma Line at Karasuma Oike Station.

Karasuma Line, Kyoto Subway

Karasuma Line Kyoto Subway

The Karasuma Line of the Kyoto Subway runs north south from Kokusaikaikan Station to Takeda Station via Kyoto Station. The Karasuma Line intersects with the Tozai Line at Karasuma Oike Station.

Kuramaguchi Station, Kyoto.

Kuramaguchi Station Kyoto Subway

Kuramaguchi Station (鞍馬口 ) is a subway station on the Karasuma Line of the Kyoto subway one stop north of Imadegawa Station.

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Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line

The Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line of the Osaka subway runs from Taisho Station is the south west to Kadoma-minami Station in the north east of Osaka.

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Sakaisuji Line

The Sakaisuji Subway Line in Osaka runs from Tenjimbashisuji Rokuchome Station north-south to Tengachaya Station via Kitahama, Ebisucho and Dobutsuen-mae stations.

Tsuruoka, Haguromachi Touge

How to go from Akita to Niigata ? 

The route from Akita to Niigata offers great views with a Japan Rail Pass : as the train enters Yamagata Prefecture, mountains give way to the coast.

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Yotsubashi Subway Line

The Yotsubashi Subway Line in Osaka runs north-south from Nishi-Umeda to Suminoekoen Station. Yotsubashi Subway Line runs through Namba and Yotsubashi stations in central Osaka.

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Sennichimae Line

The Sennichimae Line of the Osaka Municipal Subway connects Nodahanshin in the north west and Minami-Tatsumi in the south east of Osaka via Namba, DenDen Town and Tsuruhashi.

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The Genbi shinkansen

In the Genbi shinkasen between Echigo Yuzawa and Niigata, passengers can enjoy modern art created by some of today’s most prominent artists.

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Hanshin Railway

The Hanshin Railway lines connect Umeda and Namba stations in Osaka with Amagasaki and Sannomiya in Hyogo Prefecture. Hanshin lines include the Hanshin Main Line and the Hanshin Namba Line.

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Shin-Kobe Station

Shin-Kobe Station in Kobe is a shinkansen station on the Sanyo Line and also connects with the Kobe subway and the Shin-Kobe ropeway.

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How to go from Nagoya to Takayama?

The Limited Express "Wide View" Hida trains ply the route from Nagoya to Takayama. Near Takayama if offers some amazing scenery.

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The Pokemon with You Train

Starting from the Saturday, July 15, 2017, the Pokemon Train with You is operating with a new design.

Twilight Express Mizukaze

The Twilight Express Mizukaze is a new super luxury train in Japan. The JR Twilight Express Mizukaze operates between Kyoto-Osaka and Shimonoseki at the western tip of Honshu in Yamaguchi.

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Nishitetsu-Fukuoka Tenjin Station

Nishitetsu-Fukuoka Tenjin Station in Fukuoka is a terminus for Nishitetsu trains and buses as well as being a busy entertainment and shopping center.

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Your itinerary to Hakone

Hakone is a very popular destination among Tokyoites, as well as tourists, for its gorgeous scenery around the Mount Fuji, its many onsens and vacation resorts.

Okayama, Japan

How to go from Kyoto to Okayama ?

Okayama is the largest city in the Chugoku Region after Hiroshima and an important transportation hub. Korakuen, a spacious landscape garden, is the city’s star attraction.

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Hiroshima Station

Hiroshima Station is the main point of access for train travelers to Hiroshima city with shinkansen connections west to Hakata and east to Osaka and Tokyo.

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Tobu Skytree Line

The Tobu Skytree Line runs from Asakusa Station in Tokyo to Tobu-Dobutsu-Koen Station in Saitama Prefecture.

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The Kamikochi Line

The Kamikochi Valley is in the heart of the Japanese Alps. It is only open to visitors from April to November.

How to go from Nagano to Matsumoto ?

How to go from Nagano to Matsumoto ?

The Limited Express Shinano runs from Nagano to Matsumoto before continuing on to Nagoya. In Matsumoto you can explore one of the best preserved castles in Japan.

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Hanzomon Station Tokyo

Hanzomon Station (半蔵門駅) is in the Kojimachi district of Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward and serves one of Tokyo’s most elegant neighborhoods.

Fuji, Ise

How to go from Nagoya to Shingu ?

From Nagoya to Shingu, get on the Limited Express Wide View Nanki or on the Mie ‘rapid’ train. This last train is more convenient to reach Ise.

Kanazawa

Discover Kanazawa Station

With its huge glass dome, Kanazawa Station is connected to Nagano and Tokyo with the Hokuriku Shinkansen since March 2005.

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The Hanayome-noren train

The train "Hanayome Noren" is a sightsseing train connecting Kanazawa station on the Hokuriku shinkansen line and Wakura Onsen station along the Nanao line.

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The Kyushu Shinkansen

Since 2011, ii is very easy to explore southern Japan with a Japan Rail Pass. The Kyushu Shinkansen has a new extension providing services from Hakata (Fukuoka Station) to Kagoshima.

Hokuriku shinkansen

How to go from Nagano to Kanazawa ?

Opened in March 2015, the new Hokuriku Shinkansen Line connects Tokyo with Kanazawa via Nagano. The fastest train with limited stops takes 2.5 hours.

Koshino Shu*Kura

How to go from Niigata to Tokyo ?

The fastest way of returning to Tokyo from Niigata is by Joetsu Shinkansen and takes around 1h40.

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Meijo Line Nagoya Subway

The Meijo Line is a circular, loop line of the Nagoya subway network running from Kanayama through Sakae, Motoyama, yagoto and Aratama-bashi stations.

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The resort train Izu Craile 

The Izu Craile resort train was launched in July 2016 and operates between Odawara along the Tokaido Line and Izukyu Shimoda, Izu Peninsula.

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Linimo

The Linimo is an unmanned Maglev (magnetic-levitated) train that runs from Fujigaoka Station on the Higashiyama Line in Nagoya to Yakusa near the site of the 205 Aichi Expo.

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Higashiyama Line

The Higashiyama Line is the busiest of the six subway lines in Nagoya and runs west to east from Takabata to Fujigaoka, where it connects with the Linimo.

Marutamachi Station, Kyoto.

Marutamachi Station Kyoto Subway

Marutamachi Station is a station on the Karasuma Line of the Kyoto subway one stop north of Karasuma Oike (the interchange station with the Tozai Line).

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Sakura-dori Line

The Sakura-dori Line is a subway line in Nagoya that runs from Nakamura Kuyakusho via Nagoya Station to Tokushige in the south western suburbs.

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Tsurumai Line Nagoya Subway

The Tsurumai Line of the Nagoya subway runs east-west from Kami Otai Station to Akaike Station with connections to Inuyama from Kami Otai and Toyota from Akaike.

Limited Express Kamome

How to go from Fukuoka to Nagasaki ?

The route between Fukuoka and Nagasaki is served by the Limited Express Kamome trains. For great views of the Ariake Sea be sure to reserve a seat on the left-hand side of the train.

Shinjuku

Discover Shinjuku Station

Shinjuku station is the busiest station in the world. Here is our guide to find your way.

Hikone, Shiga

How to go from Nagoya to Kyoto ?

On the second part of the journey from Tokyo to Kyoto, the JR Tokaido Shinkansen does not hang around and stops only a couple of times.

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Chichibu Railway

The Chichibu Railway is a scenic railway that runs from Mitsumineguchi Station to Hanyu taking in many famous sights of Saitama Prefecture.

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Japan Train schedule and price

In Japan, the railway network is the best way to travel but it can sometimes be difficult to find the right way to reach your destination.

Nippori-Toneri Liner

The Nippori-Toneri Liner is a short, automated, elevated railway in the north-east of Tokyo, serving the suburban wards of Arakawa and Adachi wards.

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New luxury trains in 2017 

The year 2017 will be s special year for luxury trains. Three new trains should go into service this year.

How to go from Hakodate to Sapporo ?

How to go from Hakodate to Sapporo ?

With a Japan Rail Pass, the quickest way to Sapporo from Hakodate is to take the Hokuto or the Super Hokuto Limited Express on the Hakodate Line.

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Private Lines in Japan

The Japan Railways and a Japan Rail Pass will take you all over Japan but you may also come accross "private lines" or railways that are not owned by the Japan Railways Company.

Kinkakuji

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

Itsukushima, Miyajima

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.

Akihabara

Discover Akihabara Station

Akihabara Station is the gateway to the neighborhood of the same name known for its electronic, anime,manga, figurine stores and maid cafe.

How to go from Tokyo to Nagano ?

How to go from Tokyo to Nagano ?

Nagano, the Japanese Capital of the Winter Sports, is along the Hokuriku Shinkansen, which opened in March 2015 and connects Toyama and Kanazawa to Tokyo.

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Choshi Dentetsu Railway

Choshi Dentetsu Railway is a private railway line connecting Choshi JR Station to the outlying coastal attractions of Choshi in Chiba Prefecture.

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Discover Shin-Osaka Station 

If you are using a bullet train to Osaka you will arrive at Shin Osaka Station.

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Joban Line

The Joban Line is a four-section Japan Rail train line running between the greater Tokyo and Tohoku regions.

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Navigating Ikebukuro Station

Ikebukuro Station is one of the busiest train station in Tokyo with JR, Tobu and Seibu lines. Read our guide of Ikebukuro Station, its train connections and area.

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Airport Narita Rapid Train

The Airport Narita (not to be confused with the Narita Express, NE'X) is a rapid train providing access between Narita Airport and south-western greater Tokyo.

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Yokosuka Line

The Yokosuka Line is a railway connecting Tokyo to the Miura Peninsula that forms the western flank of Tokyo Bay.

Kakunodate Station

Kakunodate Station in Akita Prefecture serves the JR East and Akita Nairiku Jukan, and is attractive in its antique samurai style.

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Discover Ueno Station

Ueno is the gateway to Ueno area. Discover our travel tips and our maps to navigate in the station easily !

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The Maglev between Tokyo and Osaka

The maglev train between Tokyo and Osaka will be the fastest train in the world with a speed approximately twice that of current Shinkansen at 500 km/h

Fukuoka

How to go from Hiroshima to Fukuoka ?

In just one hour from Hiroshima, you can reach the city of Fukuoka, the economic and cultural heart of the island of Kyushu.

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How to go from Okayama to Hiroshima ?

Discover the itinerary between Okayama and Hiroshima ? If you have time make a stop at Kurashiki and explore the Bikan Chiku historical area.

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Takamatsu Station

Takamatsu Station in Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku is a major railway station with rail connections to Okayama, Matsuyama, Kochi and Tokushima.

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Discover Shinagawa Station

Shinagawa station is an important transportation hub where are connected many lines Discover our tips to navigate in the station including a station map !

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Tokushima Station

Tokushima Station is the main station in Tokushima, Shikoku with rail connections to Takamatsu, Kaifu and Naruto.

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Train Platform Markings and Symbols

Learn the meanings of some of the strange symbols and markings you'll see on Japanese train station platforms.

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The Twilight Express Overnight Train

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

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Future Shinkansen

Japan's amazing network of bullet trains is always expanding. Read about planned and upcoming shinkansen! Japan Rail Pass - Available in 7-, 14-, and 21-day passes. Order yours today.

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Even More of the Seven Stars in Kyushu

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

Do I Need a Pocket Wifi?

Do I Need a Pocket Wifi?

No trip overseas these days is complete without guaranteed access to the web. Does a pocket wifi device work for your travel? Add one to your cart when you purchase your JR Pass!

Osaka

Osaka Station City

An explanation of Osaka's biggest transportation hub, the newly restored Osaka Station. Visit today with your Japan Rail Pass!

Shiki-shima

The New JR East Luxury Train

Discover the Japan Railways's latest luxury train and order your Japan Rail Pass online today to ride it! Available in 7, 14, and 21-day passes.

Tokaido Shinkansen

The 3 Trains of the Tokaido Shinkansen

The bullet train going from Tokyo to Osaka has three different lines. What's the difference? Read more to find out. Japan Rail Pass - available in 7-, 14-, and 21-day passes!

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.

Fujikyuko

The Fujisan View Express

The only train line with direct access to Mt. Fuji, the Fujikyu Railways is operated a new, fancy train to ride to Mt. Fuji.

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Japan's Most Unique Train Stations

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

'Wanman"

Unmanned Stations and Trains

Our explanation of rural trains and stations that may not have attendants. Be prepared to travel anywhere and everywhere with your Japan Rail Pass! Available in 7-, 14-, and 21-day passes.

Shibuya

Japan's Christmas Trains 

Although Christmas isn’t an official holiday in Japan (everyone still has to go to work!), the Japanese still love to get festive.

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The Minami-Alps Aputo Line

Information about the quiet and beautiful Minami-Alps Aputo Line.

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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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The Best Ekiben of Western Japan

Take a look at Western Japan's top 5 most delicious "ekiben" to eat on Japan bullet trains! Order your Japan Rail Pass online today.

Seto Ohashi

Japan Rail Trivia - Part 2

What is the Japan's longest railway bridge ? What is the longest train station name in Japan? Learn some fascinating trivia about the amazing Japan Railways!

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The 50-Year History of the Shinkansen

The shinkansen turned 50 years old this year! Learn about its history here. Japan Rail Pass - Available in 7-, 14-, and 21-day passes.

Watarase Keikoku

The Watarase Keikoku Sightseeing Railways

Escape the busy Tokyo metropolis with a side trip through the countryside!

Sekihoku

The JR Train Station with One Passenger

Did you know there is a JR station in Hokkaido with a single passenger? Learn about this viral story and get your Japan Rail Pass today - available in 7-, 14-, and 21-day passes.

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The Top 10 Views from JR Trains

Ten of the Most Stunning Views From Japan Rail Trains. Order Online Today - 7, 14, & 21 Day Passes Available.

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The Japan Railways Guide

The Japan Railways Guide - Our Free digital Japan by Train guide

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Japanese Night Trains

Both a retro throwback and a complete novelty, night trains are rapidly becoming rare as they lose business to airlines and bullet trains.

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Restaurant Kiha

High-quality Japanese-Italian fusion dining, all while racing through the countryside on a train! Read more about this amazing experience.

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Why can't I use the Nozomi Shinkansen with a JR Pass?

How to use your rail pass even without use of the Nozomi bullet train. Buy your JR Pass today, available in 7-, 14-, and 21-day passes.

Hakodate

Celebrating the Holidays with your JR Pass

Japan's most exciting holiday season events, all accessible with a Japan Rail Pass. Travel Japan and experience the holiday lights via a Japan Bullet Train.

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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.

Takanawa Yamanote

Takanawa Gateway

The JR Yamanote Line is the most convenient way to travel Tokyo with your Japan Rail Pass. Learn about their new, upcoming station : Takanawa Gateway.

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Japanese Character Trains - Part 2

Japanese trains have an endless number of fun and interesting themed trains. Here's a few more of our favorites! Buy your Japan Rail Pass online today.

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The Resort 21 Kurofune Train

The Resort 21 Kurofune is part of a series of trains that travel the Izu area, between Atami Station and Izukyu Shimoda Station in Shizuoka Prefecture.

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Visit the Best Plum Blossom Spots in Japan by Rail

Our thoughts on the best plum blossom spots in Japan, and how to get there by rail.

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JR Train Emergency Information

What to do in an emergency while traveling by train in Japan. Be safe and secure when you use your Japan Rail Pass.

Fukuoka

Hakata Station

Explaining Fukuoka's biggest transportation hub, the newly restored Hakata Station and the Kyushu and Shinkansen Pass. Visit today with your Japan Rail Pass!

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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!

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The Best Ekiben of Eastern Japan - Part 2

More delicious train station bento around Eastern Japan. Explore them with your Japan Rail Pass - available in 7-, 14-, and 21-day passes.

Koshino Shu*Kura

The Koshino Shu*Kura Train

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

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The Kyoto Train Museum

A Japan train museum opened in Kyoto in spring 2016, just a few minutes' walk from Kyoto Station!

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From Limited Express to Local Train

What's the difference between limited express and super express? We explain it all here. Buy your Japan Rail Pass today for access to every kind of train in Japan.

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"Joyful" Trains

Use your JR Pass to discover some of Japan's unique trains, just a few of many! Get your Japan Rail Pass today - available in 7, 14, and 21-day passes.

Hiroshima

Navigating Hiroshima Station

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

Oykot

The "Oykot" Scenic Train

A new scenic train is opening in time to connect to the brand new Hokuriku Shinkansen in March 2015. Learn more here!

Gunma-Haramachi

Explore Gunma by Steam Train

Explore the countryside west of Tokyo by vintage steam train! Read more about all the things you can do by Japan train here.

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Golden Week Travel Advice

Advice for traveling during "Golden Week," one of the busiest times in Japan.

Anpanman

Character Trains in Japan - Part 1

Five of Our Favorite Japanese Trains Decorated Inside and Out with Anime Characters. Explore Japanese Character Trains with Your Japan Rail Pass - Order Today!

Shizuoka

Incredible Train Station Water Vistas

See incredible Views from trains and stations. Order your Japan Rail Pass online today - 7, 14, & 21 day JR passes available.

Pasmo

IC Cards in Japan

Learn about IC transportation cards in Japan and how they can make your trip faster and easier. Supplement it together with your Japan Rail Pass, available in 7-, 14-, and 21-day passes!

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Should I Reserve a Seat?

Can you make reservations with a JR Pass? When should you make them? Your questions answered. Buy your Japan Rail Pass online today!

Torei-yu Tsubasa

The Toreiyu Tsubasa Bullet Train

The Toreiyu Tsubasa is a special Japanese bullet train with a miniature hot spring inside! Buy your JR Pass today: Available in 7-, 14-, and 21-day passes

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Introduction to the Hokkaido Shinkansen

Get ready for the upcoming Hokkaido Shinkansen train!

The Narita Express

The Narita Express

A new deal in 2014 for travel between Narita Airport and Tokyo with your Japan Rail Pass.

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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!

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Regional (and Interchangeable!) IC Cards

IC Cards are a great way to zip through Japan's city transportation systems. Learn more about how they can help you and your Japan Rail Pass here!

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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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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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Seven Stars in Kyushu

Your Introduction to Seven Stars in Kyushu, the Ultimate Luxury Train in Japan. Order Your Japan Rail Pass Online Today - 7, 14, & 21 Day Passes Available.

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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!

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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.

Yamanote

The Upcoming Yamanote Train Model

The Yamanote line is the best way to travel Tokyo with your Japan Rail Pass. Available in 7-, 14-, and 21-day passes. Order today!

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Navigating Namba Station

Namba Station is a large group of stations in the center of Osaka, including Kintetsu, Nankai, JR and subway lines, department stores and Namba entertainment.

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Hokkaido Shinkansen' stations and trains

Since March 2016, the new Hokkaido Shinkansen is in operation. Discover the new stations and how to reach Hakodate and Sapporo.

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Japan's Best Ski Spots by Rail

Five of the best ski resorts in Japan, plus their great rail pass package deals. Order Your Japan Rail Pass Online Today - 7, 14, & 21 Day Passes Available.

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The Sunrise Izumo Overnight Train

Travel from Tokyo to Western Japan overnight on the amazing Sunrise Izumo train. Get your Japan Rail Pass today - available in 7, 14, and 21-day JR passes.

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Halloween Trains in Japan

Although Halloween is a holiday originating in the west, these days the Japanese get pretty into it as well!

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The Harry Potter Shinkansen

A special Harry Potter-branded train take you to USJ in spring 2015. Use it with your Japan Rail Pass!

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The Evangelion Shinkansen

Anime lovers, use your JR Pass to ride on the special Evangelion shinkansen!

Haneda

From Haneda International Airport to Tokyo with a Japan Rail Pass

How to reach Tokyo from Haneda Airport with a Japan Rail Pass ?

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Sakura Views from the Train

If you're planning your trip for cherry blossom season, which goes from mid-March to mid-April depending on the region, you can make the most of your travel time right from your seat with these stu

Takasaki

Japan Railway Trivia - Part 1

What is the Japan's longest railway line ? What train station has is the highest in Japan? Learn some fascinating trivia about the amazing Japan Railways!

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The Cassiopeia Overnight Train

Learn about the previous Cassiopeia overnight train which linked Tokyo to Hokkaido before the launch of the Hokkaido Shinkansen

Pasmo

Do I Need a Pasmo Card?

Do I need to buy a Pasmo card with my Japan Rail Pass?" Find out if an IC card if right for you on your trip to Japan.

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Sannomiya, Kobe, and Shin-Kobe Stations

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

Tokyo

Discover Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station is the central station in Tokyo. Shinkansen Lines go to the north and the south. JR lines will bring you all around Tokyo.

Ekiben

The Ekiben of Eastern Japan - Part 1

Explore the amazing food available on Japanese trains! Order Your Japan Rail Pass Online Today - 7, 14, & 21 Day Passes Available.

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Purchasing a Japanese Train Ticket

Learn how to purchase train tickets for extra journeys outside of your Japan Rail Pass and have your trip go off without a hitch!

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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.

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The Nagasaki Beer Train

A special summer delight on the Nagasaki street cars: an ice-cold beer! Explore Kyushu with your JR Pass or JR Kyushu Pass.

Otoineppu

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.

Nagoya

Nagoya Station

Explaining Central Japan's biggest transportation hub. Visit today with your Japan Rail Pass!

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Accessing Central Japan International Airport

Learn about how to get to and from Nagoya's Chubu Airport. Buy Your Japan Rail Pass Today!

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How to Exchange Your Voucher for a Rail Pass ?

A step-by-step guide for how to easily exchange your voucher for a JR Pass.

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The Oku-Izumo Orochi Train

The Okuizumo Orochi is a special train that runs through Shimane, in the countryside in Western Japan. Read more about the JR West Pass!

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The Shinkansen network

Here is a map of the shinkansen network in Japan - accessible with a Japan Rail Pass

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Useful Train Station Vocabulary

Teach yourself a few useful words to use around Japanese train stations! Order your Japan Rail Pass today.

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Japan Train Etiquette

An overview of some of Japan's public transportation etiquette that might differ from that in your own country.

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How to Avoid Crowded Trains 

Japan has some of the world's most crowded trains... but how to avoid them? Japan Rail Pass - Available in 7-, 14-, and 21-day passes. Order today!

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The Resort Shirakami Train

Take in incredible views of the Shirakami Sanchi with the Resort Shirakami Train and your Japan Rail Pass!

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Do I Need a SIM Card?

No trip overseas these days is complete without guaranteed access to the web. Does a SIM card work for your travel? Add one to your cart when you purchase your JR Pass!

Kansai International Airport

From Kansai International Airport to Kyoto with a Japan Rail Pass

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

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Discover Kyoto Station

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

Musashi-Kosugi Station

Musashi-Kosugi Station is a major railway station in Kawasaki on the Yokosuka Line, Nambu Line, Toyoko Line, Shonan-Shinjuku Line and the Meguro Line.

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Aonami Line Nagoya

The Aonami Line in Nagoya runs from Nagoya Station to Kinjo-Futo Station for Port Messe Nagoya convention center and the SCMaglev & Railway Park.

Ebisu Station

Ebisu Station on the JR Yamanote Line in Tokyo is the gateway to the huge Ebisu Garden Place culinary complex and numerous other dining opportunities around the station.

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Okayama Station

Okayama Station is an important railway hub on the Sanyo Shinkansen from Osaka to Fukuoka and also has trains running south to Shikoku and north to Matsue.

The Shōnan-Shinjuku Line connects Tokyo to the Shōnan coast

Shonan Shinjuku Line

The Shōnan-Shinjuku is a line connecting the very north of the greater Tokyo region - Saitama and even as far as Tochigi and Gunma prefectures - with the southern Shōnan resort area, via mainly Shi

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Kawasaki Station

Kawasaki Station is a major rail station in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture on the Tokaido Main Line, the Keihin-Tohoku Line and the Nambu Line.

Yurakucho Line

Yurakucho Line: the Yurakucho Line runs 28.3km from Wakoshi in Saitama Prefecture to Shin-Kiba Station in Koto-ku in Tokyo.

New Transit Yurikakome line

Yurikamome Line

The New Transit Yurikamome is a driverless, automated transit service linking Shimbashi to Toyosu, via Odaiba across the Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo.

Anpanman Train

The Anpanman Train is a special train running in Shikoku with liveries and interior decorations on the theme of the popular Anpanman children's manga and anime series.

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Osaka Monorail

Osaka Monorail at 21km was once the longest monorail in the world and runs from Osaka Itami Airport to Kadoma via Banpaku-Kinen-Koen.

Imadegawa Station, Kyoto.

Imadegawa Station Karasuma Line Kyoto Subway

Imadegawa Station is a subway stop on the Karasuma Line of the Kyoto subway one stop north of Marutamachi Station and one stop south of Kuramaguchi Station.

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Saikyo Line

The Saikyo Line is a Japan Rail line connecting Saitama prefecture in the north with Tokyo. The Kawagoe and Rinkai lines connect to the Saikyo LIne at its the north and south ends.

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Kita Senju Station

Kita Senju Station is a major railway station in Tokyo on the Hibiya and Chiyoda metro lines, the Tsukuba Express, Joban Line and the Tobu Skytree Line.