Riding the Sagano Scenic Railway, Kyoto’s romantic train

Western Kyoto has long been known for its natural beauty. In fact, the Arashiyama district has been a favorite of tourists for well over 1,000 years. The beauty of this region peaks twice a year, first during the cherry blossom season, and later during the time of autumn color.

The Sagano Scenic Railway is a wonderful way to tour and enjoy the natural beauty of this rural region. The train has come to be known as the Sagano Torokko, or Romantic Train, because its passage takes guests sightseeing through such romantic scenery. If you’ve seen enough of the city, one of these day trips from Kyoto will bring a smile to your face.

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Things to do in Kyoto: travel guide

Many travellers ask us: what to do in Kyoto? If you are visiting Japan for a week, three days in Tokyo and three days in Kyoto are perfect to explore the two great [bancapitals of Japan: the ancient and the modern one.

Following is a pleasant 3-day Kyoto travel guide, with ideas about what to see, where to go and how to use your Japan Rail Pass to move through the city, its temples, gardens, and geisha alleys. Let us begin!

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Cherry blossom travel: tips for the 2018 season

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The cherry blossom is an iconic symbol of Japan. Encompassing the renewal of spring, the beautiful cherry blossom is celebrated wherever Japanese cherry trees grow, throughout the world. To truly experience the majesty of the annual cherry blossom festivals, however, one must travel to the heart of it all – to Japan itself.

Before you board your international flight, there are a few things you should know, such as the cultural significance of the cherry blossom, when and where to see them, and how to capture the best cherry blossom photographs.

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Seven Stars Kyushu: Riding the luxury train

Wise travelers know that traveling is not just about the destination; getting there is half the fun. The significance of the journey itself is embodied in Japan’s Seven Stars luxury sleeper train, based in the island of Kyushu, Japan. This cruise train is meant to bring new life to train travel, to make the travel itself the integral part of a Kyushu vacation.

The Seven Stars cruise train gets its name both from the seven prefectures of Kyushu, and also from the seven lauded aspects of the region. These include the train system itself, nature, the hot springs, power spots, the region’s history, its cuisine, and the friendliness of Kyushu’s people.

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Japan train stations: useful tips

If it is your first, second or third time travelling to Japan, this article offers great survival tips and guidance on everything you need to know about the train stations in Japan, including how to purchase single train tickets, how to make a seat reservation, how to find your train, store and transport your luggage.

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Best skiing and snowboarding resorts in Japan by rail

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Japan’s mountain scenery and excellent powder make for a once in a lifetime ski trip. The Japanese Alps have some of the top ski resorts in the world. Want to know the secret of how to see them all during your journey? One of the quickest and most comfortable ways to visit and get around Japan is by riding the bullet train. This guide will show you how the Japan Rail Pass will help get you to all of the top resorts for the snow season.

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Hotel discounts with the Japan Rail Pass

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Short-term foreign visitors to Japan have had the opportunity to enjoy the Japan Rail Pass for many years now. Even though the JR Pass offers great value for money, many tourists still may not know one important detail about accommodation possibilities, included in the Japan Rail Pass.

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7 best apps for traveling in Japan

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This article is dedicated to the most useful apps to check while traveling in Japan. If you are scared of the fact that you simply can’t cope with the Japanese writing and will get lost either in translation or the extensive Tokyo metro system – worry no more. Our apps selection is here to save the day. Following is a detailed list of which the best apps for traveling in Japan are, the type of service they provide and how to use them.

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Mount Koya day trip, temple stay and itineraries

Mount Koya or Koyasan, in the Wakayama mountains of the Kansai region, has become a popular destination for tourists.

This religious area, located in remote mountains and surrounded by forests, is an amazing place which you can reach from Osaka or Kyoto with your Japan Rail Pass, making for the perfect day trip and even allowing visitors even to stay in a temple lodging.

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