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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.
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Japanese trains suspension due to COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, many trains are suspended. I summarized the train operation information of most of railways in Japan
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Hokkaido train operation status in fall 2016. Guide for substitute train and bus service.

Tomamu - Obihiro segment will open on 22nd December. Hokkaido was hit by very severe typhoon in late August. Many...
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Suspension and schedule change of overnight trains, Hokutosei, Cassiopeia and Hamanasu

JR Hokkaido and JR East have just announced that overnight trains that go through Seikan tunnel will be suspended or...
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Fall JR rapid and local trains unlimited ride ticket 3 days at 7500 yen. Available for both residents and visitors.

JR Group sell "Railway anniversary day's unlimited ride ticket (鉄道の日記念 JR全線乗り放題きっぷ)" in October. Because the first r...
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Kyushu Shinkansen 2 days unlimited ride ticket for summer vacation. Kid price is only 1000 yen for 2 days!

JR Kyushu is trying to get more tourist in the last stretch of summer vacation. They will start to sell Kyushu Shink...
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New Shinkansen projects, Nagasaki, Hokuriku and Hokkaido have been approved by government.

As of June 29, 2012, Japanese Government have approved three Shinkansen projects, Hokkaido, Hokuriku and Kyushu west...
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My trip to Kyushu, Tohoku and Hokkaido in 5 days.

Dear readers, I will leave Japan today and head back to Vancouver, Canada. I stayed in Japan for 9 nights and spend...
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Kyushu Shinkansen 1 year anniversary 1 day unlimited ride ticket.

This coming March 17 will be one year anniversary day of Kyushu Shikansen completion. JR Kyushu have just started to sel...
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Luxury overnight cruising train trip in Kyushu

JR Kyushu have been planning to operate a deluxe overnight train. According to some major newspapers in Japan, JR Kyushu...
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Summary of Japan Railway’s timetable revision in March, 2012

Japan Railway usually revise the timetable every March. Hayabusa on Tohoku Shinkansen, Mizuho and Sakura on Kyushu S...
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Two days unlimited ride on Japan Railways in Tohoku area, Tohoku Ouen Pass

JR East announced that they will sell Tohoku Ouen Pass (東北応援パス). "Ouen (応援)" means Supporting in Japanense. This pas...
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Updated information of train operation status after Typhoon 15

I update information at new Train Operation status page now. ***As of October 1, 2011, I revised most updated infor...
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Operation status on Kii line

***I updated this following information on November 5, 2011.*** Between Shirahama (白浜) and Kumanoshi (熊野市) on Kii...
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More chance to get Gran Class on Tohoku Shinkansen on Nov 19, 2011

Gran Class ticket on Hayabusa is one of Japan Railway's ticket that is hardest to get. But JR East will add more E5 ...
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JR Kyushu will introduce the newest train to Amakusa and Kumamoto area, A ressha de Iko (Take the ‘A’ train)

JR Kyushu announce that they will introduce the newest limited express train, "A Ressha de Iko" (A列車で行こう=Take the 'A...
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Tohoku Shinkansen Hayabusa can be booked online.

On Feb 5, 2011, the first Hayabusa was on sale. But the first Hayabusa train to Shin-Aomori from Tokyo was sold out ...
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Japan Rail Pass can be used for Kyushu Shinkansen. But not for Mizuho

I have received the email from JR West. They confirmed Japan Rail Pass can be used for Kyushu Shinkansen. But Japan ...
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Japan Rail Pass can be used for Hayabusa (Revised on Feb 2, 10)

Since I have received a response about the extra charge on Green Pass from my reader, I noticed I gave the wrong inf...
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Tohoku Shinkansen Hayabusa timetable released

JR East will start to operate the newest and fastest express train "Hayabusa" on Tohoku Shinkansen on March 5, 2011....
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Kyushu Shinkansen tentative schedule after Mar 12 released

As probably you know, Kyushu Shinkansen will be opened all section between Hakata and Kagoshima-Chuo on Mar 12, 2011...
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Access to Haneda by Tokyo Monorail is covered now! Japan Rail Pass new rules

Tokyo Monorail is included in the pass. As of October 21, 2010, you can use Tokyo monorail that is operated betwe...
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