Character Trains and Japan Rail Pass

  • Published on : 14/10/2018
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Japanese trains and beautiful landscape

In Japan, many destinations can be reached by lovely and useful trains, Character trains. Most of them are covered with the Japan Rail Pass.

Here is a list (source: Jr company ‘s website):

Character trains covered by the Japan Rail Pass in JR East Area :

Koshino Shu*Kura

Koshino Shu*Kura

©By TRJN - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

  • Umineko Resort View (Tohoku)
  • Furusato SL Banetsu
  • Monogatari SL
  • Genbi Shinkansen (Niigata)
  • SL Gumma Minakami
  • SL Gumma Yokokawa
  • Zipangu (Hiraizumi) (Iwate)

For some trains, online seat reservation are available since Wednesday, September 5th, 2018.

Character trains covered by the Japan Rail Pass in Shikoku area :

Genbi Shinkansen

Genbi Shinkansen

© By Rebirth10 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Character trains covered by the Japan Rail Pass in Kyushu area :

  • Yufuin no Mori (Hakata ↔ Yufuin/Beppu),
  • Sonic (Hakata ↔ Saiki)
  • Yufu (Hakata ↔ Beppu/Oita),
  • Ibusuki no Tamatebako (Kagoshima-Chuo ↔ Ibusuki),
  • Huis Ten Bosch (Hakata - Huis Ten Bosch)
  • Kawasemi Yamasemi (Kumamoto ↔ Hitoyoshi), - A-Train (Kumamoto ↔ Misumi),
  • Umisachi-Yamasachi (Miyazaki ↔ Nango),
  • Aso Boy! (Beppu/Oita ↔ Aso),
  • SL Hitoyoshi (Kumamoto ↔ Hitoyoshi) 
Yufuin No Mori

Yufuin No Mori

©Tayawee Supan, unsplash

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