Many train routes within Japan take you through stunning scenery. Here's a few of our favourites:
Tokyo to Kyoto - look to the right as you approach Mishima Station, if you're lucky, Mount Fuji will appear in all its majestic beauty!
Takayama and Nagoya - spectacular glimpses of the alpine heartland of Japan are provided in abundance on this rail journey.
Tokyo to Hakone - upgrade to the 'Romancar' for wonderful views of Fuji Hakone National Park through the large picture windows.
Japan Rail Pass
The economical Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) allows unlimited travel on virtually the entire network of trains (including bullet trains) throughout Japan and is included on many of our self guided tours.
Passes are valid for 7, 14 or 21 day durations and can only be collected in Japan upon presentation of a non-Japanese passport. Our airport representative will assist you with this on arrival. The JR Pass can be activated on the date of your choosing and you are then free to make seat reservations on your preferred trains.
Point to Point Trains - On selected tours and dates, we may recommend point to point trains (with pre-booked seat reservations) rather than a Jr Pass. This will be when booking point to point trains represents a more cost effective option on your chosen route. Alternatively, it may be because you are travelling during peak seasons when seat availability is likely to be extremely limited and seat reservations may no longer be possible upon activation of your pass. Whilst this does mean a loss of flexibility in your plans, we find most of our clients prefer the reassurance of having a guaranteed reservation on the train services they require.
Japan's famous bullet trains (Shinkansen) reach speeds of up to 190 mile per hour. Linking most of the major hubs across the main island of Honshu, as well as across to Hokkaido and Kyushu, these services dramatically cut travel time compared to slower trains or road transport.
On board, the seats are comfortable and signs anre announcements about upcoming stations are in English as well as Japanese. Food carts typicall pass along the aisle, providing a selection of snacks, drinks and boxed meals.
Japan has a highly efficients and reasonably priced luggage forwarding service (takuhaibin). Whilst luggage racks are available on trains, this convenient service means you can easily send your bags from one hotel to another rather than carrying them through the busy stations and on/off trains.
Usually luggage is delivered within 24 hours, though in some more remote destinations it may take up to 72 hours to arrive. The concierge or bell desk at most hotels will be happy to arrange this for you.
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