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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The JR Yamanote line: Getting around Tokyo

The JR Yamanote line is probably the most popular and convenient way for getting around Tokyo. Japan Rail Pass holders can take advantage of the line for free. Taking any train on the Yamanote line is fully included in the JR Pass.

Furthermore, this is the only line that connects all of Tokyo’s most famous central stations such as Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Ueno and Tokyo Station.  The line is 34,5 km (21,44 miles) long. Read on for our complete guide about it.

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Best day trips from Kyoto by train

Kyoto is located right in the center of the historical Kansai region in Japan. This historical capital is the cultural soul of the country and one of the places where the roots of the Japanese nation stem from.

Whether you have planned to go east or west, north or south – make sure to save some time and travel around the Kansai region, easily accessible with the JR bullet trains. It is the one area filled with more heritage than anyone else in Japan.

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Best 5 day trips from Tokyo by train

If you are planning to spend more than a couple of days in Tokyo, make sure to take the most out of it! There is a countless number of towns and villages surrounding Tokyo, places that will leave you breathless, places full of history, heritage, and natural beauty, including Nikko, Kamakura, Yokohama and of course, the great Mount Fuji.

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Narita Express: Tokyo Airport transfer with the JR Pass

The Narita Express – also known as N’EX – is the most convenient Tokyo city transfer from and to Narita International Airport, which hosts most of the overseas flights to Japan.

This limited express train service is fast, reliable and punctual, and you can ride it for free with your Japan Rail Pass. Find out all the travel details in this post.

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