The World Heritage Shirakawagō is now a really popular tourist destination in Japan. Quite often, people will visit this fairytale-like village by catching a bus or driving from Kanazawa. Many tourists take the normal highway. But unbeknownst to them (and us when we first visited Shirakawagō), there is also a really scenic toll road that goes through the magnificent local mountain ranges that would be a shame to miss out on!Read more
The trains of the Akita Nariku Line (秋田内陸線) run in the Akita prefecture countryside. The one-carriage train that is decorated by Akitas (a breed of dog) pictures melt the passenger’s heart and the scenery from the train’s window will fill the whole carriage with clicking cameras!Read more
The Chūbu Region (中部地方) that is located in the centre of Japan’s main island – Honshu (本州), is one of the most scenic parts of Japan. The best thing about the Chūbu Region is that many of its stunning destinations are located quite near each other. And, there are multiple discounted transportation tickets and passes for you to choose from!Read more
There are plenty of “joyful trains” in Japan but have you ever boarded one that features live performance? Resort Shirakami (リゾート白神) is the only joyful train in Japan with live performances that includes shamisen (Japanese guitar), puppet play and Japanese folk tales told in Tsugaru dialect (津軽弁)!
The beautifully designed joyful train will bring you from the vast Tsugaru Plain (津軽平野) to Mt. Shirakami – the home to the world’s greatest beech virgin forest. Before reaching the shore of the Sea of Japan, you will be able to find one of the world’s most fascinating sunsets (*’▽’).Read more
With Japan continuing to be one of the top travel destinations in the world, it is always good to know and understand a little bit about train etiquette in the Japanese culture. Keep in mind that the trains in this country are impressively punctual and on time. This is a hallmark of the Japanese culture and with just about everything that they do. They pride themselves on being organized, disciplined and hard-working. Also note that train transportation in this beautiful and intriguing country is remarkably efficient and well designed. With the train system being utilized by millions of people every day, having an understanding of proper train travel etiquette in Japan is essential.Read more
JR Kyūshū, which is part of the wider Japan Rail company, runs the most sightseeing trains in Japan. One of these trains is Yufuin no Mori (ゆふいんの森), which means “The Forest of Yufuin”. Just like its name, the train was built to reflect the many charms of Yufuin, a hot spring town in Ōita prefecture (大分県) surrounded by rich nature.
Departing from JR Hakata Station (博多駅), there are 6 stops along the train line. Each of the stations on the train line has its own attractions, with Beppu and Yufuin being the most popular destinations for tourists both local and international.Read more
When you visit Kurobe Gorge (Kurobe Kyōkoku – 黒部峡谷), one of Japan’s top 100 hidden scenic spots located in the mountains of the Northern Japan Alps, the Kurobe Kyokoku Sightseeing Train (黒部峡谷鉄道トロッコ電車) is the experience that you don’t want to miss.
The 20km railway brings you a breath-taking scenic view of the gorge, known for its length and depth!Read more
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (立山黒部アルペンルート) is a scenic route that goes through the Japanese North Alps connecting Toyama prefecture and Nagano prefecture. It’s also known as the Roof of Japan.