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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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The Hello Kitty Shinkansen

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

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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The Kamikochi Line

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

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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 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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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.

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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!

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The Minami-Alps Aputo Line

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

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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 Watarase Keikoku Sightseeing Railways

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

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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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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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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.

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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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"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.

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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 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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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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The Twilight Express Overnight Train

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

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The Tohoku Emotion

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

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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.

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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.

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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 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 Cassiopeia Overnight Train

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

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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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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 "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!

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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 Resort Shirakami Train

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

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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Yokai Trains Sakai Line

The JR Sakai Line is a small, single track branch line in Tottori famous for its yokai monster trains from manga GeGeGe no Kitaro.

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Iwami Kagura Line

Iwami Kagura Line: read a guide to the Iwami Kagura Line (formerly Sanko Line) that runs between Miyoshi (Hiroshima) and Gotsu (Shimane).

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Shimakaze Premium Express Luxury Train

Shimakaze Premium Express Luxury Train しまかぜ: the Kintetsu Shimakaze Premium Express runs once daily from both Nagoya Kintetsu and Osaka Namba Station.

Umisachi Yamasachi Limited Express

The Umisachi Yamasachi Limited Express sightseeing train runs along the scenic Nichinan Coast from Miyazaki Station to Nango.