Explore Japan's essential sites and hidden gems
Sakura Views from the Train
If you're planning your trip for cherry blossom season, which goes from mid-March to mid-April depending on the region, you can make the most of your travel time right from your seat with these stu
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How to go from Sendai to Morioka?
From Sendai to Morioka, you will find outstanding views of rural Japan to the left and right of the train.
How to go from Tokyo to Sendai?
Located just an hour and a half away from Tokyo by Shinkansen, Sendai is known for its tree-lined streets and Tanabata festival. A variety of sightseeing spots are abound on the way, too!
How to go from Okayama to Matsue?
Japan has always boasted a very rich historical background, and the itinerary from Okayama to Matsue is especially representative of that.
How to go from Beppu to Aso?
The journey from Beppu to Aso will take you through Japan's volcanic areas.
How to go from Akita to Niigata?
The route from Akita to Niigata offers great views with a Japan Rail Pass : as the train enters Yamagata Prefecture, mountains give way to the coast.
Japan's Best Ski Spots by Rail
Five of the best ski resorts in Japan, plus their great rail pass package deals. Order your Japan Rail Pass online today - 7, 14, & 21-day Passes available.
Visit the Best Plum Blossom Spots in Japan by Rail
Our thoughts on the best plum blossom spots in Japan, and how to get there by rail.
How to go from Tokyo to Nagoya ?
Discover the Tokaido Line and reach Nagoya with your Japan Rail Pass
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
How to go from Aomori to Akita?
If on the first part of the journey the JR trains from Aomori to Akita via Odate run through residential areas, the landscape gradually opens up to reveal beautiful scenery of the Japanese countrys
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.
How to go from Shingu to Osaka ?
The Kuroshio is the most frequent train, connecting Kii peninsula, Kyoto, Shin-Osaka and Tennoji.
How to go from Kanazawa to Kyoto ?
Discover with your Japan Rail Pass the route between Kanazawa and Kyoto, it follows the northern coast of japan, before heading south along Lake Biwa. If you have time, make a stop at Fukui.
How to go from Fukuoka to Kumamoto ?
Let's discover the journey between Fukuoka and Kumanoto !
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!
Access to Naoshima with a Japan Rail Pass
You can reach Naoshima by boat from Takamatsu (Shikoku) or Uno Port (Honshu). Let's study the route from Okayama with a Japan Rail Pass.
How to go from Abashiri to Kushiro ?
The journey along the Senmo Line from Abashiri to Kushiro in Hokkaido offers some stunning scenery !
The Lavender Farm station
The area near Furano and Biei is famous for its beautiful flowers blooming in July and August. Here is our guide to reach the Lavender Farm Station.
How to go from Sapporo to Asahikawa with a Japan Rail Pass ?
Trains from Sapporo to Asahikawa are quite frequent. Let's go north !
Accessing New Chitose Airport
Let's see how to access to New Chitose Airport.
Seven days itineraries
If you are planning to travel seven days in japan, the seven itineraries below can be useful. Have a look !
How to go from Matsuyama to Okayama ?
The Shiokaze Limited Express runs direct from Matsuyama to Okayama and is covered with the Japan Rail Pass.
How to go from Kushiro to Sapporo?
The route between Kushiro and Sapporo is covered by the beautiful blue, green and red Super Ozora Limited Express Train.
How to go from Okayama to Takamatsu ?
If you are coming to Shikoku from Honshu, your first stop will probably be Takamatsu, the capital of Kagawa prefecture.Take the Marine Liner rapid train along the Seto-Ohashi Line in Okayama.
How to go from Kinosaki Onsen to Kyoto?
Kinosaki Onsen is a pleasant town, built along a willow-lined river and is one of the most popular onsen destinations of the Kansai Region.
How to go from Asahikawa to Wakkanai ?
The route is covered by the Soya Service, a limited express train which runs between Sapporo and Wakkanai and the Sarobetsu Service, which runs between Asahikawa and Wakkanai.
Automn colors by train
In Japan, Autumn means with colorful garden and forest. To view the red leaf (Momiji-gari) many places can be reach by rail. Discover our selection.
How to go from Takayama to Kanazawa ?
First take a Limited Express (Wide View) Hida train from Takayama to Toyama and then jump on a Hokuriku Shinkansen from Toyama through to Kanazawa.
The Inland Sea
As Japan is made up of so many islands, it is naturally home to an extensive network of ferry routes.
How to go from Takamatsu to Kochi ?
From Takamatsu, located in central Kagawa Prefecture on the island of Shikoku, you can head south on the Dosan Line to Kochi.
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 Kyoto to Okayama ?
Okayama is the largest city in the Chugoku Region after Hiroshima and an important transportation hub. Korakuen, a spacious landscape garden, is the city’s star attraction.
How to go from Nagano to Matsumoto ?
The Limited Express Shinano runs from Nagano to Matsumoto before continuing on to Nagoya. In Matsumoto you can explore one of the best preserved castles in Japan.
How to go from Nagoya to Shingu?
From Nagoya to Shingu, get on the Limited Express Wide View Nanki or on the Mie ‘rapid’ train. This last train is more convenient to reach Ise.
How to go from Nagano to Kanazawa ?
Opened in March 2015, the new Hokuriku Shinkansen Line connects Tokyo with Kanazawa via Nagano. The fastest train with limited stops takes 2.5 hours.
How to go from Niigata to Tokyo ?
The fastest way of returning to Tokyo from Niigata is by Joetsu Shinkansen and takes around 1h40.
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 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.
Access to Miyajima with a Japan Rail Pass
Easily reached in about 40 minutes from Hiroshima with a Japan Rail Pass, Miyajima is a treasure of an island only 2 km (1 ¼ miles) off the mainland in the Seto Inland Sea.
How to go from Tokyo to Nagano ?
Nagano, the Japanese Capital of the Winter Sports, is along the Hokuriku Shinkansen, which opened in March 2015 and connects Toyama and Kanazawa to Tokyo.
How to go from Hiroshima to Fukuoka ?
In just one hour from Hiroshima, you can reach the city of Fukuoka, the economic and cultural heart of the island of Kyushu.
How to go from Okayama to Hiroshima ?
Discover the itinerary between Okayama and Hiroshima ? If you have time make a stop at Kurashiki and explore the Bikan Chiku historical area.
Celebrating the Holidays with your JR Pass
Japan's most exciting holiday season events, all accessible with a Japan Rail Pass. Travel Japan and experience the holiday lights via a Japan Bullet Train.
The Japan Railways Guide
The Japan Railways Guide - Our Free digital Japan by Train guide
Accessing Central Japan International Airport
Learn about how to get to and from Nagoya's Chubu Airport. Buy Your Japan Rail Pass Today!
Discover North of Japan with the new Hokkaido Shinkansen
Discover North of Japan with the New Hokkaido Shinkansen : Hakodate and Aomori
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