Train travel in Japan: a complete guide

If you are planning a trip with the Japan Rail Pass, better be prepared! You will be riding Japanese trains quite often.

In Japan, railroads are the primary mode of passenger transportation, and they have been ever since the first passenger steam locomotives debuted in Japan during the Meiji Restoration in 1872.

There is 30,625 km of rail lines all over Japan and they carry more than 9 billion passengers per year. Due to the country’s extensive use of its rail system, 46 of the top 50 busiest stations in the world are located in Japan.

Most Japanese rail lines have a unique name, normally taken from one of the cities or regions along the route, which means that the system is incredibly easy to navigate (the line names are even indicated on the tickets!).

Even so, figuring out how to manage the Japanese transportation system might be somewhat of a challenge for some. With that in mind, we’ve created this complete guide to the train system in Japan to help solve any doubts regarding riding the densha (how you say train in Japanese!).

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Japan in 21 days: The ultimate travel itinerary

Three weeks in Japan might seem like enough time to see the island without even having to rush anywhere. At least this is what most travelers would think.

Unfortunately, (or not), Japan is not that kind of place – filled with picturesque views, breathtaking shrines and castles, endless nature and spiritual exploring opportunities as well as colorful and vivid street life. However, we did our best to summarize the ultimate Japanese experience and add some alternative suggestions off the beaten path.

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My Japanese Experience with the JR Pass

What a better way to learn about places worth visiting, better preparation, survival tips for Japan and more?

Read out one-to-one session with a keen traveller to Japan – Edgar, to learn about his inspiring travel experience, the difficulties he has had, the amazing places he has visited and the survival tips he is ready to give to anyone planning to visit the Land of the Rising Sun.

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3 days in Tokyo itinerary and what to do

As most trips to Japan begin their story in Tokyo, here is a three days itinerary, which will take you to all the great places this ever-surprising metropolis has to offer.

By taking all of the advantages of your Japan Rail Pass, in this compact travel guide we will show you how to make the most out of your stay in Tokyo: where to go, what to see and what to do, for the best prices!

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Japan in 14 days: Travel itinerary

Many first-time travelers choose to spend roughly two weeks in Japan to see and explore the best of the country.

That’s why we present you with an optimal itinerary of 14 days and 13 nights, getting to know amazing places and experiences in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, and even more!

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