About JPRail.com

I believe that a train is the best way to explore in Japan. Because many trains run very punctual and it is so reliable.

This website JPRail.com is unofficial website. JPRail.com does not have any connections with any railway companies in Japan. I started this website in 2009. When I started this website, I focused on how to use Japan Rail Pass. I tried to explain you to use Japan Rail Pass to its maximum! However many travelers want to learn many kinds of the rail pass other than Japan Rail Pass. Now I write the articles about other rail passes too, such as JR East Pass, Hokkaido Rail Pass, Tokyo Wide Pass, Tokyo Metro Pass, Kyoto City Pass, Kansai Thru Pass, Suica, ICOCA and many other rail passes and the deals.

If you have any questions about Japan Rail Pass or rail travel in Japan, please do not hesitate to leave your response. If you cannot find any information in regards to the rail travel that you are looking for, please leave your comment on Forum page. I am very happy to give you some advice. But I am not your personal travel agent. Please do not ask me to make your travel plan. Please try to enjoy building your trip plan. The planning is the first step of your travel and it is lots of fun!

Thank you very much for visiting JPRail.com. I hope this website helps you to build your trip plan to Japan!

Administrator and Webmaster, JPRail.com
Takeshi Shimomura (下村猛)

169 thoughts on “About JPRail.com”

  1. Hi Mr. Takeshi,
    We will be travelling to japan, we will stay ay nippombashi area and will use kintetsu pass, is there a direct kintetsu train from nippombashi to arashiyama station or kyoto?

    1. Hi Glad,

      There is no direct trains to get Kyoto by Kintetsu railway. You have to change trains at Yamato-Saidaiji. And Kintetsu railway does not take you to Arashiyama. You have to change to JR train at Kyoto. JR train is not covered by Kintetsu rail pass.


      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Dear Takeshi San,

    Hope all doing well to you 🙂

    My next itinerary will be:
    3 Dec 2019 : Arrive in Hiroshima (2 nights); Atomic Dome, Miyajima
    5 Dec 2019 : Train to OSAKA (3 nights); USJ, Museum of Housing&Living
    8 Dec 2019 : Train to NAGANO ( 3 nights); Snow Monkey, Shibu Onsen
    11 Dec 2019 : Train to TOKYO (5 nights); Disneys, Mt Fuji, Edo Wonderland

    I plan to buy JR Pass 7 days start from Hiroshima to Osaka, but unfortunately it will not cover Nozomi shinkansen (as well from Osaka to Nagano). Which pass is the better solution? hopefully i can also ride the Hello Kitty Shinkansen (Hiroshima to Osaka, if available =D )

    Thank you again and again for your help and advise


    1. Hi Chenny san,

      You cannot take Nozomi on the Shinkansen. But you can take other Shinkansen trains, such as Hikari, Sakura. It is completely no problem to travel for Hiroshima-Osaka-Nagano-Tokyo. Please see the links below to find more info:


      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Dear Takeshi,

    I am a foreigner but now I live in Japan. I plan to travel to Hokkaido in August but I am not sure whether I can buy the Furano Biei Ticket or not (because my visa is not for visitor)? I read your post about this ticket as it is available for any travelers. May I ask where you get the information because I could not find any information about the eligibility of this ticket in the JR Hokkaido website.

    Thank you very much for your help.

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