Destinations

Chubu Area

Ise access guide. Kintetsu is the best way but we can use JR Pass too.

Ise is well known as home of Ise Grand Shrine (Ise Jingu). This is one of the most sacred and most famous Shinto shr...
Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Nara

ICOCA and Haruka, Kansai One Pass and Haruka, and Haruka discount ticket. Very flexible and good deal for tourist who stay in Kansai.

Kansai One Pass and Haruka, ICOCA and Haruka and Haruka discount ticket are the special discount deals which is designed for the overseas passengers only. If you buy Kansai One Pass and Haruka or ICOCA and Haruka, you can take the limited express Haruka at the discount rate and IC card. This post explains you how to choose this deal and how to use this deal.
2013 winter Tohoku & Nagano trip

Trip to Tohoku and Nagano in 2013 winter – Part 8, from Bessho Onsen to Tokyo via Nagano, Naoetsu, Echigo-Yuzawa

This is a local train Myoko. Some of trains between Nagano and Naoetsu are operated by old limited express fleet. (C) J...
2013 winter Tohoku & Nagano trip

Trip to Tohoku and Nagano in 2013 winter – Part 7, from Tokyo to Bessho Onsen by Ueda Railway

Bessho Onsen station of Ueda Electric Railway. (C) JP Rail This post is continued from Trip to Tohoku and Nagano in ...
Mt. Fuji and Hakone

Otsuki station guide. How to transfer from JR train to Fuji Kyuko train.

Otsuki station is the transfer point of JR train and Fuji Kyuko railway to Lake Kawaguchi and Fuji-Q Highland. This post shows you how to change trains at Otsuki station.
2013 winter Tohoku & Nagano trip

Round trip to Kawaguchiko from Shinjuku by Azusa and Fujikyu railway. Trip to Tohoku and Nagano in 2013 winter – Part 6

Fuji Tozan Densha (left) is one of the biggest reason to visit Lake Kawaguchi for me. (C) JP Rail This post is conti...
2013 winter Tohoku & Nagano trip

Trip to Tohoku and Nagano in 2013 winter – Part 2, Tokyo station

Tokyo station Marunouchi building. (C) JP Rail This post is continued from Trip to Tohoku and Nagano in 2013 winter ...
2013 winter Tohoku & Nagano trip

How long you have to spend to get out Narita airport. Trip to Tohoku and Nagano in 2013 winter – Part 1, from Narita airport to Ueno

2013 winter trip route map I had a trip to Tohoku area and Nagano area in this past January and February. I stayed t...
1 to 3 days

Kansai Thru Pass sample itineraries

There are lots of NON JR trains in Kansai. Most of them can be taken by Kansai Thru Pass. If you visit Osaka and mak...
Chubu Area

Guide for train access to Nagano, Matsumoto and other places in Shinshu and surrounding area.

Shinshu region is located in the heart of Japan. You might have heard Nagano where held winter Olympic games in 1998...
Chubu Area

How to access to Atami, Ito, Kawazu, Shimoda and other places in Izu peninsula by train.

You may find how to access to many places in Izu peninsula by train in this post.
Chugoku Area

Sanin area train access guide. How to access to Kinosaki, Izumo, Matsue, Tottori and other major cities in Sanin area.

This post shows you the train network in Sanin area. You can find the train route to get Sanin area from Osaka, Kyoto, Okayama, Himeji, Shin-Yamaguchi.
Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Nara

How to use JR West Kansai Area Pass. Compare pass and single fare.

This posts explains you how to use Kansai Area Pass. It is one of JR West rail passes and it covers whole part of Kansai area.
Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Nara

How to use Kansai Thru Pass. Compare pass and single fare.

Kansai thru pass is one of the best option to travel in Kansai area, such as Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, Himeji, Wakayama, Koyasan. This post shows you how to use this pass.
Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Nara

Nara access guide from Osaka, Kyoto, Kansai airport and Kobe by JR, Kintetsu Railway and Airport bus

Nara is one of popular places in Kansai area. This post explains you how to get Nara from several places in Kansai area.
JR Local Buses

Kusatsu Onsen access guide

This post explains you how to get Kusatsu onsen by the train and/or the bus.
Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Nara

Shin Osaka station guide. How to change Shinkansen, Haruka, Thunderbird and local train access to Osaka, Umeda and Namba

Shin-Osaka station is the Shinkansen terminal station in Osaka. JR Osaka station is one station away by JR local train and Osaka Metro connects Shin-Osaka and Namba. This post shows you the station structure and how to change the trains at Shin-Osaka station.
Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Nara

Osaka and Umeda stations guide. How to change JR trains, subway trains and other private railways

Osaka station is same location as Umeda station. Only JR station is called "Osaka" but other railway and subway stations are called "Umeda". It is complicated for the travelers but these are same location. In this post, I will explain you about Osaka and Umeda stations.
Kyushu Area

Kyushu Area Pass user guide. The best deal to travel Kyushu by train.

Kyushu Rail Pass is a good choice to travel in Kyushu. But if you travel Kyushu and other places, such as Osaka, Hiroshima. you may have to think about using other deal. This post gives you lots of information about Kyushu Rail Pass. You can find that this deal suits your trip plan or not.
Chubu Area

Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route, one of most spectacular sightseeing route in Northern Japan Alps

This post is written by Mr. Jonathan Ayre. He is one of the frequent visitors. He offered me some images, writing ar...
Chugoku Area

How to access UNESCO World Heritage Listed Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine

First of all, I would like to let you know that this post is written by one of my frequent visitor, Mr. Jonathan Ayr...
Hokkaido Area

Hokkaido Rail Pass. The best deal for rail trip in Hokkaido for oversea visitors.

If you travel Hokkaido only, Hokkaido Rail Pass is a good choice to travel there. This post will explain you the type of Hokkaido Rail Pass and how to use it.
2012 spring trip to Tohoku and Hokkaido

Overnight train from Hakodate to Ueno (Tokyo) on March 20, 2012.

I show you my trip report of sightseeing in Hakodate and Hakodate to Tokyo by overnight train Hokutosei.
2012 spring trip to Tohoku and Hokkaido

Trip to Otaru from Sapporo and trip from Sapporo to Hakodate on March 20, 2012 by Rapid Airport and the limited express Hokuto

I show you my trip repfor of Sapporo to Otaru and Sapporo to Hakodate.
2012 spring trip to Tohoku and Hokkaido

Trip to Matsushima and Kakunodate on the way to Aomori from Osaka on March 19, 2012 by the Shinkansen

I visited Matsushima and Kakunodate in one day on the way to Aomori.
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