Travel by train

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.

Japan is the land of the train, with one of the most developed railway networks in the world, if not the best. To make the best of this unique experience, discover all our tips put together by our team, for you to get the most out of your journey!

Taking the Train in Japan

JR Train Emergency Information

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Shinkansen Travel Tips

Why can't I use the Nozomi Shinkansen with a JR Pass?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Unique Trains in Japan

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Japanese Stations

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.

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!

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 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.

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Getting Around Kyoto

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.

IC Cards on Kyoto Buses

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 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!

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 ?

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Getting Around Tokyo

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.

Discover Yokohama Station

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.

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

Discover Akihabara Station

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.

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Itineraries for Japan

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.

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.

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.

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.

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