Articles for the theme Taking the Train in Japan


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Japan Rail Pass or Train Tickets: what to choose when traveling in Japan?

When traveling in Japan, if your itinerary takes you beyond Tokyo, for example into the Kansai (Kyoto & Osaka) region, a primordial question awaits: how to get around Japan and naviga

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Golden Week Travel Advice

Japan will celebrate Golden Week from April 29 to May 6, 2024, which comprises four national holidays: Showa Day on April 29, Constitutional Memorial Day on May 3

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Midosuji Line Osaka: The key north-south subway route through central Osaka

The Midosuji Line is the oldest and one of the most important subway lines in Osaka, Japan.


Train symbols in Japan: Understanding the complex naming and numbering schemes

Japan's extensive and efficient train network can be overwhelming for visitors at first glance.

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Hanshin Railway: Connecting Osaka and Kobe

The Kansai region of Japan is a popular destination for travelers, offering a blend of modern cities and historic attractions.

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Chuo Line Tokyo: Your Complete Guide to Riding the Central JR Line

The Chuo Line is a major JR train line running through central Tokyo.

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How to exchange your train tickets in Japan ?

In this article, we’ll detail where and how to exchange the QR code associated with your booking into physical train tickets in Japan - as the country didn’t yet take the leap to digital train tick

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Osaka Subway: A Comprehensive Guide for Visitors

Osaka, a bustling metropolis in the heart of Japan's Kansai region, boasts an extensive and efficient subway system that makes exploring the city's main areas and attractions a bre

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Keihan Line: Exploring Kyoto, Osaka and Shiga by Train

The Keihan railway lines are a convenient way to travel between Kyoto, Osaka and Shiga.

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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 th

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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).


Smartphone apps to use for your trip to Japan

Check out a few of our favorite apps to use when traveling Japan by rail, including applications for navigation, time schedules, and general quality of life!

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Akechi Tetsudo Akechi Railway

The Akechi Tetsudo (Akechi Railway) train makes the journey between Ena and Akechi in Gifu Prefecture, not far from Nagoya.

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Tsurumai Line Nagoya Subway

The Tsurumai Line of the Nagoya subway runs east-west from Kami Otai Station to Akaike Station with connections to Inuyama from Kami Otai and Toyota from Akaike.

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Nakatsu Station

JR Nakatsu Station in Oita Prefecture, Kyushu is served by the Sonic and Nichirin Limited Express trains which run between Hakata Station and Miyazaki.

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JR Banetsu Line

The JR Banetsu West Line and JR Banetsu East Line connect Koriyama in Fukushima Prefecture with Niitsu and Iwaki respectively.

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Matsuyama-shi Station

Matsuyama-shi Station (as known as Matsuyama City Station or shieki) is the other major railway station in Matsuyama in Ehime Prefecture on Shikoku along with JR Matsuyama Station.

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Tsurumai Line Nagoya Subway

The Tsurumai Line (鶴舞線) is one of the six main subway lines of the Nagoya subway system. It runs east to west from Kami Otai (T01) to Akaike (T20).

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Kochi Station

Kochi Station is the main point of access for Kochi city and is also a highway bus terminal and on the Kochi tram network.

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JR Kisuki Line

Starting at JR Shinji (San-in Line), on the shore of Lake Shinji the JR Kisuki Line travels 82 kilometers to terminate at Bingo-Ochiai Station Hiroshima.

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Kamiiida Line & Meitetsu Komaki Line

Kamiiida Line & Meitetsu Komaki Line: the Kamiiida Line & Meitetsu Komaki Line connects Heian-dori Station in Nagoya with Inuyama to the north.

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Nagoya Kintetsu Station

Nagoya Kintetsu Station: read a guide to Nagoya Kintetsu Station and Kintetsu train information from Nagoya to Osaka.

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Sakaisuji Line

The Sakaisuji Subway Line in Osaka runs from Tenjimbashisuji Rokuchome Station north-south to Tengachaya Station via Kitahama, Ebisucho and Dobutsuen-mae stations.

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Osaka Monorail

Osaka Monorail at 21km was once the longest monorail in the world and runs from Osaka Itami Airport to Kadoma via Banpaku-Kinen-Koen.

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Hiroshima Station

Hiroshima Station is the main point of access for train travelers to Hiroshima city with shinkansen connections west to Hakata and east to Osaka and Tokyo.

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Japan Train Travel Tips

Optimize your time in Japan with these travel tips to help you get around!

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The Linimo is an unmanned Maglev (magnetic-levitated) train that runs from Fujigaoka Station on the Higashiyama Line in Nagoya to Yakusa near the site of the 205 Aichi Expo.

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Getting Around Hagi

Getting Around Hagi: find information on trains to Hagi in Yamaguchi Prefecture, its railway stations, long distance buses and the Hagi Loop Bus.

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Yamashina Station Kyoto

Yamashina Station in north east Kyoto is made up of three stations: JR Yamashina Station, the Yamashina subway station and Keihan Yamashina Station on the Keishin Line.

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Meijo Line Nagoya Subway

The Meijo Line is a circular, loop line of the Nagoya subway network running from Kanayama through Sakae, Motoyama, yagoto and Aratama-bashi stations.

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Shin-Kobe Station

Shin-Kobe Station in Kobe is a shinkansen station on the Sanyo Line and also connects with the Kobe subway and the Shin-Kobe ropeway.

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Utsunomiya Station

Utsunomiya Station is the main point of access for rail services to Utsunomiya city in Tochigi Prefecture in the northern Kanto.

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Sonic Train

Sonic Train From Hakata to Oita ソニック: JR Kyushu's Sonic is an express train running from Hakata Station in Fukuoka to Oita via Beppu.

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Nagasaki Station

Nagasaki Station: read a guide to Nagasaki Station which has connections to Hakata Station in Fukuoka, Sasebo, Huis Ten Bosch and other destinations in Nagasaki Prefecture.

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Takamatsu Transport

Takamatsu, the prefectural capital of Kagawa Prefecture, is one of the four main cities (Kochi, Matsuyama and Tokushima are the others) on the island of Shikoku.

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Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line

The Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line of the Osaka subway runs from Taisho Station is the south west to Kadoma-minami Station in the north east of Osaka.

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Haruka Express Train

The JR Haruka Express connects Kyoto Station with Kansai International Airport (KIX) with trains at busy times running through Shiga Prefecture to Maibara Station.

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Nagoya Meitetsu Railways

Meitetsu Railways 名古屋鉄道: Nagoya Railroad company aka Meitetsu Railways is a major railway network in the Chubu region of central Japan.

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Yufuin Station

Yufuin Station serves the very popular rural hot spring resort of Yufuin in the mountains of Oita Prefecture in Kyushu.

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Kobe Subway

Kobe subway: read a guide to the Kobe subway including subway lines, stations and travel passes.

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Nagoya Subway

Nagoya subway guide: read a guide to Nagoya's subway system including information on Nagoya subway lines, fares, pre-paid cards and connecting stations.

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Sapporo Subway

Sapporo Subway the Sapporo Subway system has three lines and is a quick and easy way to get around the city.

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Nagoya Meitetsu Station: read a guide to Nagoya Meitetsu Station as well as Meitetsu train services and Meitetsu buses.

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Fukuchiyama Line

The Fukuchiyama Line is a JR railway line between Osaka Station and Fukuchiyama in Kyoto Prefecture.

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Higashiyama Line

The Higashiyama Line is the busiest of the six subway lines in Nagoya and runs west to east from Takabata to Fujigaoka, where it connects with the Linimo.

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Hakodate Station

Hakodate Station is a major station and point of access in Hakodate in Hokkaido with trains to Sapporo, Otaru and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto.

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Oita Station

Oita Station: read a guide to JR Oita Station which is on three lines: Nippo Line, Kyudai Line and the Hohi Line. The station is also a large shopping and entertainment center.

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Jingu-Mae Station Nagoya

Jingu-Mae Station: read a guide to Jingu-Mae Station in Nagoya, a major Meitetsu Line connecting station.

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Aomori Station

Aomori Station is on the Ou Main Line for Shin-Aomori Station, Hirosaki Station, Akita Station, Yamagata, and Niigata and the Aoimori Railway Line for Hachinohe and Morioka.

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Gomen Nahari Line

The Tosa Kuroshio Railway Gomen Nahari Line (ごめん・なはり線) in Shikoku runs just over 42 kilometers between Gomen and Nahari stations.

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Aonami Line Nagoya

The Aonami Line in Nagoya runs from Nagoya Station to Kinjo-Futo Station for Port Messe Nagoya convention center and the SCMaglev & Railway Park.

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Shintetsu Arima Line

The Shintetsu Arima Line (Kobe Dentetsu Arima-sen) is a 22.5km-long commuter railway line in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture operated by Kobe Electric Railway. It connects Arima Onsen with central Kobe.

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Meiko Line

The Meiko Line is a continuation of the Meijo Line of the Nagoya subway system and runs 6km from Kanayama Station to Nagoyako Station in the Nagoya Port district of the city.

JR Hohi Main Line Kumamoto - Beppu

JR Hohi Main Line: The 148 km-long JR Hohi Mainline runs in the Aso caldera region of Kyushu and connects Kumamoto Station with Oita Station.

Kuko Line Fukuoka Subway

The Kuko Line (Airport Line) is one of the three subway lines in Fukuoka. The line operates from Meinohama to Fukuokakuko (Fukuoka Airport) in Hakata Ward.

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Hisatsu Line

Ride the slow train of the Hisatsu Line, a local railway line in Kyushu which wonderful views of the Kirishima Mountains.

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Chuo-Sobu Line

Chuo-Sobu Line: the Chuo-Sobu Line is a main east-west rail link in central Tokyo between Mitaka and Chiba.

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Miyazaki Station

Miyazaki Station is the main station for Miyazaki city, the capital of Miyazaki Prefecture at the southern end of Kyushu.

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Nose Railway Myoken Line

The Nose Railway Myoken Line runs from Kawanishi in Hyogo Prefecture to Nose in Osaka Prefecture.

Namboku Line Sapporo Subway

The Namboku Line of the Sapporo subway in Hokkaido runs north-south through Sapporo Station, Susukino, Odori and Nakajima Park.

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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.

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Wakayama Electric Railway

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

Shinkansen au quai d'une gare au Japon

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.

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Chuo Line Subway

The Chuo Line in Osaka is a municipal subway running west-east from Cosmosquare at Osaka Port to Nagata Station through Hommachi and north central Osaka.

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Chuo Main Line Nagoya-Nakatsugawa

Chuo Main Line Nagoya-Nakatsugawa: read a guide to the Chuo Main Line and the 20 stations between Nagoya Station and Nakatsugawa Station.

Rugby 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.

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Orange Hisatsu Railway

The Orange Hisatsu Railway is a private railway that runs 117 kilometers between Yatsushiro in Kumamoto and Sendai in Kagoshima.

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Kumamoto Station

Kumamoto Station, in Kumamoto city, Kyushu, is on the Kyushu Shinkansen to Hakata, the Hohi Line and JR Kagoshima Main Line.


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

Limited Express and Shinkansen

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Tarumizu to Kamoike Ferry

The Tarumizu to Kamoike Ferry crosses Kogoshima Bay from Tarumizu on the east to Kamoike on the west. There are frequent sailings that take 50 minutes.

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Tottori Station

Tottori Station is the main station serving Tottori city, the capital of Tottori Prefecture - the least-populated prefecture in Japan.


Trains in Japan : online reservation overview

Train in Japan : online reservation Overview with a Japan Rail Pass

Reservation Shinkansen

Online reservation : JR East Area

JR East is the only company who offers advance on line seat reservation.

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Kurofune Black Ship Train

The Kurofune or Black Ship Train is a Commodore Perry-themed train that operates between Atami and Shimoda on the Izu Peninsula. The trains offer spectacular ocean views.


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.

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Matsuyama Station

JR Matsuyama Station is the main point of access by train to Matsuyama city in the western part of Shikoku. There are trains to Matsuyama from Okayama Station and Takamatsu Station.

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Shin-Aomori Station

Shin-Aomori Station is the northern terminus station for the Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo and the starting point for the Hokkaido Shinkansen to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station in Hakodate.

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Sendai Station

JR Sendai Station is Akita and Tohoku shinkansen lines, the Sendai subway, the Tohoku Main Line, the Senseki Line and the Joban Line.

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Yotsubashi Subway Line

The Yotsubashi Subway Line in Osaka runs north-south from Nishi-Umeda to Suminoekoen Station. Yotsubashi Subway Line runs through Namba and Yotsubashi stations in central Osaka.

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Sennichimae Line

The Sennichimae Line of the Osaka Municipal Subway connects Nodahanshin in the north west and Minami-Tatsumi in the south east of Osaka via Namba, DenDen Town and Tsuruhashi.

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Sakura-dori Line

The Sakura-dori Line is a subway line in Nagoya that runs from Nakamura Kuyakusho via Nagoya Station to Tokushige in the south western suburbs.

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Chichibu Railway

The Chichibu Railway is a scenic railway that runs from Mitsumineguchi Station to Hanyu taking in many famous sights of Saitama Prefecture.


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.


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.

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Choshi Dentetsu Railway

Choshi Dentetsu Railway is a private railway line connecting Choshi JR Station to the outlying coastal attractions of Choshi in Chiba Prefecture.

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Joban Line

The Joban Line is a four-section Japan Rail train line running between the greater Tokyo and Tohoku regions.

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Tokushima Station

Tokushima Station is the main station in Tokushima, Shikoku with rail connections to Takamatsu, Kaifu and Naruto.


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.


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.


Character Trains in Japan - Part 1

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


The Ekiben of Eastern Japan - Part 1

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

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Useful Train Station Vocabulary

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

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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.


Japan Railway Trivia - Part 1

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!


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!

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Japan Train Etiquette

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


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.

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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 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!


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!


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!


How to Avoid Crowded Trains 

Japan has some of the world's most developed train infrastucture, but simultaneously has some of the world's most crowded trains... 

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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.

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The Best Ekiben of Eastern Japan - Part 2

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


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!

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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.

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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 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.

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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!

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!


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.

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Okayama Station

Okayama Station is an important railway hub on the Sanyo Shinkansen from Osaka to Fukuoka and also has trains running south to Shikoku and north to Matsue.

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Nambu Line

Nambu Line: the Nambu Line in greater Tokyo connects Tachikawa Station in Tachikawa with Kawasaki Station in Kawasaki, Kanagawa.

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Kintetsu Rail Passes

Kintetsu Rail Passes: Kintetsu, the second longest network after JR offers a variety of rail passes for foreign visitors to Japan.

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Toyama Station

Toyama Station is a major station with JR trains on the Hokuriku shinkansen, JR Takayama Main Line, Ainokaze Toyama Railway and Toyama Light Rail.

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Kintetsu Nara Station

Kintetsu Nara Station in Nara has trains to both Namba in Osaka on the Kintetsu Nara Line and Kyoto Station on the Kintetsu Kyoto Line.

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JR Nara Station

JR Nara Station: read a guide to JR Nara Station a main point of access by train and bus to Nara from Osaka and Kyoto.

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Yokohama Subway

Yokohama subway: read a guide to the Yokohama subway system which consists of the Blue Line and the Green Line running from Shonandai to Azamino and Nakayama to Hiyoshi.

Yokohama Station

Yokohama Station is a major station in the Kanto area with services on various JR Lines, the Yokohama Subway and the Tokyu Toyoko Line.

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Tanimachi Subway Line Osaka

Tanimachi Line: read a guide to the Tanimachi Line on the Osaka subway network from Dainichi Station in Moriguchi to Yaominami Station in Yao.

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Aichi Loop Line

Aichi Loop Line: The 45 km long, north-south line connects Kozoji Station in Kasugai with Okazaki via Toyota in Aichi near Nagoya. It does not form a loop.

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Kagoshima Chuo Station

Kagoshima Chuo Station: read a guide to Kagoshima Chuo Station the southern terminus of the Kyushu shinkansen.

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Umeda Station Osaka

Umeda Station Osaka: read a guide to Umeda Station in Osaka with rail connections from Umeda Station and local Umeda attractions.

Namba Station, Osaka

Namba Station

Namba Station: read a guide to Namba Station in Osaka including Kintetsu, Nankai, JR and subway lines, department stores and Namba entertainment.

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Fukuoka Subway

Fukuoka subway: read a guide to the Fukuoka subway with information on fares, travel cards and stations.

Tsukuba Express, Akihabara to Tsukuba

Tsukuba Express (TX)

Tsukuba Express: read a guide to the Tsukuba Express (TX) a high speed train between Akihabara Station in Tokyo and Tsukuba city, Ibaraki.

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Seishun Juhachi Kippu Rail Pass

Information on the discount Seishun Juhachi (Youth 18) JR rail ticket in Japan which allows discount train travel throughout Japan.