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

Wakayama Electric Railway _ Tamadensha

Wakayama Electric Railway

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

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).

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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.

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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Shinkansen Travel Tips

The Sanyo Shinkansen Line 

The Sanyo Shinkansen Line 

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

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.

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.

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Free wifi on bullets train 

Free wifi on Shinkansen with a Japan Rail Pass

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Unique Trains in Japan

JR shikoku 8000series 8503 anpanman train

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.

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.

Hello Kitty Haruka

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, Oita

Yufuin no Mori

Yufuin no Mori from Fukuoka to Yufuin and Beppu

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Japanese Stations

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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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.

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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.

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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.

Kyoto buses near Tōji Temple

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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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

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.

Train on the Ōedo Line

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.

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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.

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Itineraries for Japan

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.

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