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Rail pass for residents

How to choose a special discount rail ticket for Japanese residents

There are many discount tickets that you have never seen before. You can ride on trains at much lower rate than usual. And many of them are available for residents in Japan. You can find the best deal for your trip.
Rail pass for residents

JR East Welcome Rail Pass 2020 for Japanese residents only: Unlimited ride for 3 days in JR East area

JR East Pass is sold only to short term stay travelers. But this time, JR East Welcome Rail Pass 2020 is available for foreignn nationals living in Japan. This 3-day unlimited ride pass is sold at the exceptional price, JPY 12,000.
Rail pass for residents

An exceptionally priced Western Japan unlimited ride ticket for residents of Japan: “Dokodemo Door Kippu”

Dokodemo Door Ticket offers unlimited ride for 2 days and 3 days at an exceptional price. This is available for anyone. If you are redident in Japan, you can use this.
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When can we travel to Japan? Future outlook on travel ban

I think you are wondering when we can go to Japan. I have summarized information on Japan's immigration control and future moves to lift border emforcement. I also talked about current travel conditions in Japan and how to deal with flights, trains, hotels and attractions.
Asahikawa

The Limited Express Kamui and Lilac: Inter-city express between Sapporo and Asahikawa

The limited express Kamui and Lilac connect Sapporo and Asahikawa in 1 hour 25 minutes. You will find these train's guide and timetable in this post.
Limited Express

The limited express Shinano: Inter-city express connecting Nagoya and Nagano

The limited express Shinano operated by 383 series. The limited express train Shinano runs between Nagano (長野) and N...
Limited Express

The Limited Express Shirayuki: Intercity express between Joetsu-Myoko and Niigata

The limited express Shirayuki runs along a coast side in Niigata. It connects Joetsu Myoko on the Hokuriku Shinkansen and Niigata.
Kobe, Himeji

Sunrise Izumo train guide and timetable: Overnight sleeper train runs between Tokyo and Osaka, Izumoshi, fully covered by the JR Pass

Sunrise Izumo is an overnight express train which runs between Tokyo and Izumoshi. This post explains you about this train with many photos.
Kobe, Himeji

Sunrise Seto train guide and timetable: Overnight sleeper train runs between Tokyo and Osaka, Takamatsu, fully covered by the JR Pass

Sunrise Seto is an overnight express train which runs between Tokyo and Takamatsu. This post explains you about this train with many photos.
Hakodate, Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto

The limited express Hokuto train guide and the timetable: Inter-city express train for Sapporo to Hakodate

The limited express Hokuto connects Sapporo and Hakodate. In this post, I show you the photo of this train, the train guide and the timetable.
side trip

How to get to Asakusa. Does the JR Pass cover Asakusa?

Asakusa is one of the big tourist places in Tokyo. Asakusa is also the terminal station of Tobu Railway for Nikko and Kinugawa Onsen. This post shows you how to get Asakusa. You also find how to use JR Pass and other JR deals to get Asakusa.
Aizu Wakamatsu, Fukushima, Koriyama, Nikko, Kinugawa-Onsen

The Tohoku-Hokkaido, the Akita and the Yamagata Shinkansen train guide. The Shinkansen goes to Hakodate, Aomori, Sendai, Akita and Yamagata

The Tohoku, the Hokkaido, the Akita and the Yamagata Shinkansen lines connect Tokyo and many cities in northern Japan, such as Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto (Hakodate), Shin-Aomori, Sendai, Akita, Yamagata, Fukushima and Utsunomiya. In this post, I explain about these Shinkansen trains with many photos.
Ferries

How to get to Miyajima by a train and a ferry. The JR Pass and the JR West Passes cover the trip fully.

Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima Miyajima is one of the World Heritage sites in Japan, and also this is called one of ...
Rail pass for visitors

Where and How to buy JR Pass: JR Pass user guide, how to use Japan Rail Pass to its maximum.

This posts give you all information about JR pass. You can find much more information than the official Japan Rail Pass site.
Rail pass for visitors

JR Pass official reservation site user guide: How to buy JR pass and book a seat online

On June 1, 2020, the official JR Pass website has been renewed, and you can purchase your JR pass online. In addition, it is now possible to make online reservations for seats that were previously impossible. In this article, I will explain how to buy a pass and how to reserve a seat on this official website.
4 to 6 days

Kyushu’s sightseeing trains hopping 4-day trip

You can board many fascinate Kyushu sightseeing trains which JR Kyushu call "D&S train" (Design and Story) in a limited time. This plan is perfect for those who enjoy the most time traveling by train.
1 to 3 days

Amakusa and Kumamoto 3-day sample trip plan: Midwest Kyushu 3 days

You will find 3-day sample trip for Amakusa and Kumamoto in midwest Kyushu. It covers Amakusa World Heritage Site, Dolphin Watching, Okoshiki beach and Kumamoto.
4 to 6 days

Nagasaki, Unzen, Sasebo, Arita and Hirado 4-day sample trip plan: Western Kyushu highlights

This post shows you 4-day trip plan which covers the western Kyushu such as Nagasaki, Unzen, Hirado, Kujukushima and Arita.
Kanazawa, Toyama, Wakura-Onsen, Fukui

The Limited Express Thunderbird timetable and the train information. The train bound for Kanazawa from Osaka and Kyoto.

The limited express Thunderbird is the primary way to get Kanazawa from Osaka and Kyoto. In this post, I show you the photo of this train, the train guide and the timetable.
Chubu Area

How to get to Takayama by a train and a bus

Takayama is very attractive small town. It is very closed to another popular spot, Shirakawago. In this post, I show you how to get Takayama by train and bus.
1 to 3 days

10 best day trip plans from Fukuoka, Hakata. DIY trip planner with a rail pass

I will show you 10 best day trips from Fukuoka. Traveling with luggage may be a hassle for you. These day trip plans would be your option.
1 to 3 days

3 best Kyoto day trip plans and 3 best 2-day trip plans

This article guides you how to visit the popular sights in Kyoto in one day or two days. You can find 3 best trip plans each.
1 to 3 days

20 best day trip plan from Osaka: DIY day trip planner for the first timer to the advanced traveler

I chose 20 best day trip plas from Osaka in this post for the first time traveler and repeaters.
1 to 3 days

20 best day trip plan from Tokyo: DIY day trip planner for the first timer to the advanced traveler

I chose 20 places that can be visited on a day trip from Tokyo. I covered simple plans, tightly packed schedules, and places where you might not be able to go on a day trip.
1 to 3 days

7 best day trip plans from Sapporo. DIY trip planner with a rail pass

Traveling with luggage may be a hassle for you. If you want to minimize traveling with a luggage, consider a day trip. In this post, I will show you seven places where you can reach from Sapporo by a rail pass, such as JR Pass, Hokkaido Rail Pass.
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