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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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

Limited Express and Shinkansen

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.

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.

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 !

Yokohama

Discover 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.

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.

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

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.

The Lavendar Farm station

The Lavendar 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.

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.

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

Japan : Take the train with your children

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.

How to go from Oita to 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.

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 !

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

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

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

Accessing New Chitose Airport

Accessing New Chitose Airport

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

Seven days itineraries

Seven days itineraries

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

The Himi Line

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

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.

The Graceful Super Express Romance Car

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

The Chuo Sobu Line in Tokyo

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 Mikata.

How to go from Sendai to 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.

Discover Shibuya Station

Discover Shibuya Station

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

The SL Hitoyoshi train

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

Fukuoka

How to go from Fukuoka to Kumamoto ?

Let's discover the journey between Fukuoka and Kumanoto !

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.

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.

How to go from Kinosaki Onsen to Kyoto  ?

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.

How to go from Asahikawa to Wakkanai ?

How to go from Asahikawa to Wakkanai ?

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

Automn colors by train 

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.

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.

How to go from Shingu to Osaka ?

How to go from Shingu to Osaka ?

There are two direct limited express trains operating from Shingu to Shin-Osaka : the Kuroshio, which is the most frequent, and the Ocean Arrow, which is faster and has the advantage of having larg

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.

The resort view Furusato Train

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.

How to go from Matsumoto to Nagoya ?

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

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.

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.

How to go from Takamatsu to Kochi ? 

How to go from Takamatsu to Kochi ? 

From Takamatsu, located on the island of Shikoku, you can head south on the Dosan Line to Kochi with a Japan Rail Pass.

How to go from Akita to Niigata ? 

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.

The Genbi shinkansen

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.

How to go from Nagoya to Takayama ?

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.

The Pokemon with You Train

The Pokemon with You Train

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

Your itinerary to Hakone

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

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.

The Kamikochi Line

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.

How to go from Nagoya to Shingu ?

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.

Discover Kanazawa Station

Discover Kanazawa Station

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

The Hanayome-noren train

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.

The Kyushu Shinkansen

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.

How to go from Niigata to Tokyo ?

How to go from Niigata to Tokyo ?

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

The resort train Izu Craile 

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.

How to go from Fukuoka to Nagasaki ?

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.

Discover Shinjuku Station

Discover Shinjuku Station

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

How to go from Nagoya to Kyoto ?

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.

Japan Train schedule and price

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.

New luxury trains in 2017 

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.

Private Lines in Japan

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.

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

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.

How to go from Tokyo to Sendai ?

How to go from Tokyo to Sendai ?

Sendai is 1h30 away from Tokyo by shinkansen. Get your Japan Rail Pass and discover all the sightseeing spot on the way !

Discover Shin-Osaka Station 

Discover Shin-Osaka Station 

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

Discover Ikebukuro Station

Discover Ikebukuro Station

Ikebukuro Station is one of the busiest train station in Tokyo with JR, Tobu and Seibu lines but the organization of its route and access makes it a space in which one can easily spot with a map

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.

Osaka Loop Line

Osaka Loop Line

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

Discover Ueno Station

Discover Ueno Station

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

The futur Maglev between Tokyo and Osaka

The futur 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

How to go from Hiroshima to 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.

How to go from Okayama to Hiroshima ?

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.

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.

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.

Discover Shinagawa Station

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 !

Osaka Station City

Osaka Station City

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

The New JR East Luxury Train

The New JR East Luxury Train

Discover the Japan Railways's latest luxury train, planned for a 2017 debut. Order your Japan Rail Pass online today! Available in 7, 14, and 21-day passes.

Halloween Trains in Japan

Halloween Trains in Japan

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

The Harry Potter Shinkansen

The Harry Potter Shinkansen

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

The Evangelion Shinkansen

The Evangelion Shinkansen

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

From Haneda International Airport to Tokyo with a Japan Rail Pass

From Haneda International Airport to Tokyo with a Japan Rail Pass

How to reach Tokyo from Haneda Airport with a 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!

Unmanned Stations and Trains

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.

The Cassiopeia Overnight Train

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.

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!

Discover Tokyo Station

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.

The Best Ekiben of Western Japan

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.

Even More Cool Japan Rail Trivia

Even More Cool 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!

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.

Smartphone Apps for Your Japan Rail Travel

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.

The Nagasaki Beer Train

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.

How to go from Tokyo to Nagoya ?

How to go from Tokyo to Nagoya ?

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

The Top 10 Views from JR Trains

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.

Japan Guide

The Japan Railways Guide

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

The JR Yamanote Line

The JR Yamanote Line - Part 2

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

Accessing Central Japan International Airport

Accessing Central Japan International Airport

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

Reservation Shinkansen

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.

The Oku-Izumo Orochi Train

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!

The Shinkansen network

The Shinkansen network

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

Celebrating the Holidays with your JR Pass

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.

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.

The JR Yamanote Line

The JR Yamanote Line - Part 3

Discover the most convenient way to travel Tokyo with your Japan Rail Pass: From Shibuya to Shin-Okubo through the JR Yamanote Line.

How to Avoid Crowded Trains 

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!

The Resort Shirakami Train

The Resort Shirakami Train

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

Smartphone Sim

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!

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 ?

Exit

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.

Hakata Station

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!

The JR Yamanote Line

The JR Yamanote Line - Part 1

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

Future Shinkansen

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.

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!

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!

From Limited Express to Local Train

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.

"Joyful" Trains

"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.

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.

The 3 Trains of the 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.

The Fujisan View Express

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.

Character Trains in Japan

Character Trains in Japan

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

Incredible Train Station Water Vistas

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.

The JR Yamanote Line

The JR Yamanote Line - Part 5

Discover the most convenient way to travel Tokyo with your Japan Rail Pass: the JR Yamanote Line. Get your JR Pass online today - Available in 7-, 14-, and 21-day passes.

Japan's Christmas Trains 

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.

The Minami-Alps Aputo Line

The Minami-Alps Aputo Line

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

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.

The Narita Express

The Narita Express

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

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!

The JR Yamanote Line

The JR Yamanote Line - Part 6

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

Shinkansen 100

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.

The Watarase Keikoku Sightseeing Railways

The Watarase Keikoku Sightseeing Railways

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

The JR Train Station with One Passenger

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.

Seven Stars in Kyushu

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.

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!

La gare Takanawa Gateway sur la Yamanote Line au sud de Tokyo

The New Yamanote Line Station

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.

Japanese Night Trains

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.

Restaurant Kiha

Restaurant Kiha

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

Shinkansen

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.

Japan's Best Ski Spots by Rail

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.

The Sunrise Izumo Overnight Train

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.

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!

More Japanese Character Trains

More Japanese Character Trains

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.

The Resort 21 Kurofune Train

The Resort 21 Kurofune Train

The Resort 21 Kurofune is a series of special trains to take you to the Izu area. The Black Ship Train is one of those. Buy your Japan Rail Pass today!

Visit the Best Plum Blossom Spots in Japan by Rail

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.

Sakura Views from the Train

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

Japan Railway Trivia

Japan Railway Trivia

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!

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.

Ekiben of Eastern Japan

Ekiben of Eastern Japan

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

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 New Kyoto Train Museum

The New Kyoto Train Museum

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

The Ekiben of Eastern Japan

The Ekiben of Eastern Japan

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

Purchasing a Japanese Train Ticket

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!

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!

The "Oykot" Scenic Train

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!

Explore Gunma by Steam Train

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.

Golden week

Golden Week Travel Advice

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

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.

Nagoya Station

Nagoya Station

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

Navigating Hiroshima Station

Navigating Hiroshima Station

Learn the basics of Hiroshima Station and transportation that you can you with your Japan Rail Pass. Order today!

Shinkansen

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!

The Toreiyu Tsubasa Bullet Train

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

Introduction to the Hokkaido Shinkansen

Introduction to the Hokkaido Shinkansen

Get ready for the upcoming Hokkaido Shinkansen train!

Useful Train Station Vocabulary

Useful Train Station Vocabulary

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

Train in Japan

Japan Train Etiquette

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

IC

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!

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.

The Tohoku Emotion

The Tohoku Emotion

The Tohoku Emotion is a special Japan train that runs through the very north of the main Honshu island.

Hokkaido shinkansen

Discover North of Japan with the new Hokkaido Shinkansen

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

Train Platform Markings and Symbols

Train Platform Markings and Symbols

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

The Twilight Express Overnight Train

The Twilight Express Overnight Train

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

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.

The Upcoming Yamanote Train Model

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!

Navigating Namba Station

Navigating Namba Station

Namba Station is a large group of stations in the center of Osaka. Read more about which trains go where here!

Hokkaido Shinkansen' stations and trains

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.

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.

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!