hen it comes to travelling around Japan conveniently and cost-effectively, there is no better way than using the train!
The multitude of train lines that criss-cross across Japan may seem complex at first, but once you master it, you will have one of the world’s most efficient railway systems on your side.
While you're using it as a means of transportation, clear yourself from other distractions to truly enjoy a scenic railway ride where the train itself is a part of the destination - you are hopping on for a memorable journey.
Get aboard the train in Japan and experience great new sights, delicious food, amazing people, and so much more.
One of the best things Japan has to offer is its railway network which connects to nearly all corners of the country. At first glance, the numerous train lines and different types of train tickets available for purchase may be confusing for travellers who are not used to travelling in Japan. These tips will help you better understand Japan's railway system and show how you can make your train ride more fun and interesting.
Sometimes train travel is not just about getting from point A to point B; the highlight is the journey itself. Japan boasts a variety of local railway lines that run through breathtaking sceneries which you would not want to miss out on. From the food served on the train to simply watching how others live away from the city bustle during your stops at each station, the train ride will introduce you to a side of Japan you have yet to discover. Check out the itinerary for an overnight trip on the Watarase Keikoku Railway, and a brief overview of six unique railway lines that are also a delight to ride.
Have you ever wanted to do a cross-country trip in Japan but didn’t know how? Japan’s well-connected railway system is your answer! You can travel throughout the country using Japan’s famous high-speed rail - the Shinkansen bullet train - which brings you to almost all major cities. We have prepared two courses that traverse the country lengthwise and crosswise so that you can make the most of your train ride and explore deep into the different regions.
Discover the picturesque routes the various Japan Railway (JR) lines have to offer as well as special discounted tickets accessible only to international visitors!
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A big thank you to all participants for sharing your Japan train journey with us! No matter whether they are memories from your past trip, or shared directly from Japan, your amazing photos have seemingly brought everyone on an incredible train journey. Featuring beautiful train sceneries, interesting train stations, and even themed train hotels, be sure to explore and be inspired by fellow Japan lovers’ entries for your train adventure.
Check out the contest entries on Instagram @#jbyjtraintravel Winning entries will be announced soon.
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