Nagoya with the JR Pass: Access and travel guide

If traveling in the areas around Tokyo, Kyoto, or Osaka, you may consider a day trip or several nights in the city of Nagoya Japan’s fourth most populous city. What fun and enriching surprises does Nagoya have to offer?

During the Edo Period (1603 to 1867 C.E.), Nagoya originated as a castle town known as Owari. Much of the historic architecture, however, was destroyed during the bombing raids of World War II. Today, it is a city of boundless technology, including the Toyota Motor Corporation headquarters just outside the city limits.

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Japan in 7 days: Travel itinerary

Visiting Japan for the first, second or even third time can be scary. It is not an easy task to get around in Tokyo or figure out what to see from the countless number of giant temples, beautiful parks, large shopping streets and fresh restaurants.

That is why we have prepared our top “7 days in Japan” itinerary and recommendations so that you can travel, see and explore the greatest sights of the country with your Japan Rail Pass.

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日本人は JR パスを購入できますか? 日本人の方々へ向けた新たなご利用資格要件

現時点で日本在住の方はJRパスの購入はできません。しかし、日本国外にお住まいの方は 2017 年 6 月 1 日以降から一定の要件を満たすことでご購入が可能となります。詳細は以下をご覧ください。

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Nara with the JR Pass: How to get there and what to see

Nara is an ancient city located in the Kansai region of Japan’s main island of Honshu. It was the first “real” capital of Japan, remaining such for less than a century. This historic location is home to a nearly unmatched eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including numerous Buddhist temples. The city was founded in the year 710 C.E. and originally known as Heijo. Among its attractions are the oldest and largest wooden buildings in the world, tame deer that delight in entertaining visitors, cherry blossoms, and ninjas. Continue reading “%s”

The Limited Express Sonic train in Kyushu

The island of Kyushu is the southernmost, as well as the most westerly, of Japan’s large, main islands. Kyushu is home to mountainous terrain, including the most active volcano in Japan, known as Mount Aso.

The subtropical climate of Kyushu makes it an ideal location for vacationers. Few sights evoke as much awe as the view from a train winding through Kyushu’s countryside, steam floating lazily atop nearby hot springs. The island is also a valuable resource for understanding Japanese culture, as it is famous for its art and its silk.

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Using ATMs in Japan: locations and cards accepted

ATMs, or Automatic Teller Machines, are common sights throughout the world. The devices offer a convenient way to withdraw money stored in your bank account, acquiring cash directly from the machine. ATMs can be especially useful for international travelers, as they dispense cash money in the local currency at competitive exchange rates.

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Shinkansen Gran Class: The ultimate luxury bullet train

Japan has been a legend in commuter travel for over half a century. Early Japanese train travel featured decadent luxury, such as on Japan’s famous night trains. The introduction of the Shinkansen bullet trains added new levels of speed to the mix, creating excitement and lessening the chances of travel related discomfort.

Japan continues to stay ahead of the game with new innovations – luxury trains such as the Seven Stars Kyushu, and the increased velocities of the soon to be released Maglev. Another such innovation is a new luxury class available on the Shinkansen bullet train lines – the Shinkansen Gran Class.

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Best times of the year to visit Japan

You’ve heard of the wonders of cherry blossom season in Japan. Have you been told, though, of the beauty of the changing leaves in autumn? Or of the other flowering trees, the plum blossom season? Have you considered visiting a snow-dappled ryokan during the deep chill of winter?

Before you purchase tickets on that international flight, check out our comprehensive guide to the seasons of Japan. You’ll then be able to choose the best travel time to suit your unique needs. 

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Japan Explorer Pass and Other Flight Discounts

Some travelers shy away from exploring the country of Japan because they have been told it is among the most expensive places to travel. This, however, does not have to be the case. A little prior planning can go a long way towards lessening the expense of your next Japanese vacation.

Plane tickets often make up the bulk of travel expenses, followed by accommodations and food. Consider the following suggestions for saving money on the first leg of your journey: getting there. You may also find deals on Japan airlines domestic flights if traveling from one part of Japan to another.

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