Japan Travel Tips

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.

To make the best of this unique experience, discover all our tips put together by our team ! We offer an extensive guide on how the Japanese railways works, the best itineraries and all what you need to keep in mind if you are planning a multi-destination Japan vacation. 

Taking the Train in Japan

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

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.

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).

Wakayama Electric Railway _ Tamadensha

Wakayama Electric Railway

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

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Shinkansen Travel Tips

The Shinkansen network

The Shinkansen network

Here is an overview of the Shinkansen network in Japan - accessible with a Japan Rail Pass.

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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

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

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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Unique Trains in Japan

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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Japanese Stations

Dotonbori, Osaka

Osaka Loop Line

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

Tosa-Kitagawa

Japan's Most Unique Train Stations

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

Omotesando, Harajuku

Harajuku station along the JR Yamanote Line

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

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.

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Getting Around Kyoto

Nara

How to go from Kyoto to Nara ?

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

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.

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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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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.

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Getting Around Tokyo

Shinagawa

The JR Yamanote Line

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

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.

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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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Itineraries for Japan

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.

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!

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.

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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