Japan Travel Tips
Read all of our tips to travel by train in Japan!
Japan's railway system is widely considered to be one of the most efficient, reliable, and convenient in the world. With over 27,000 kilometers of train tracks spanning the length and breadth of the Japanese archipelago, train travel is not only a convenient mode of transportation but also an experience in and of itself. Whether you're planning a day trip to the bustling city of Tokyo, the historic cities of Kyoto and Hiroshima, or the gastronomic city of Osaka, train travel is undoubtedly the best way to get around and explore all that Japan has to offer.
However, for those unfamiliar with the Japanese railway system, it can be overwhelming to navigate the different types of trains, buy train tickets, and understand train etiquette. That's why our team has compiled insider tips that cover everything you need to know about traveling by train in Japan, from the different types of trains to the most convenient ways to purchase tickets.
Whether you're a first-time traveler or a seasoned veteran, our extensive guide will help you make the most of your train trips. Included is information on the different types of trains (Shinkansen, Express, Semi-Express, Local) and classes (Ordinary, Green, Gran), how to make a seat reservation, and how to navigate train stations. We also provide tips on train etiquette and what to expect during your journey.
If you're in the middle of planning your trip to Japan and want to explore the country by train, we hope our guide will help you navigate Japan's railway system with ease, giving you more time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the stunning scenery that train travel has to offer in Japan.
For maximum convenience in your train journeys, we recommend you buy one of the many train passes available. The National Japan Rail Pass is available for a duration of 7 days, 14 days or 21 days, and enables unlimited travel on all Japan Railway lines - the main train operator in Japan. Alternatively, a Regional Pass can help you cover the cost of your local train travel.