Transportation in Japan

Transportation in Japan can be confusing. Especially in Tokyo and Osaka, with JR (Japan Railway) and other privately operated railway companies operating in the same metropolitan areas, the railway maps are just like a huge maze to foreigners.

Even JR – Japan Railway, which was previously just ONE railway company operating all JR railway across Japan, is actually formed by 7 privately-owned companies that make exchanging various types of railway passes purchased in advance “chaotic”.

On the other hand, even if you manage to comprehend the complex railway maps, with so many railways passes to choose from, which pass will be more cost-effective when you visit Japan next time?

Detailed Transportation Information Are Included in Each of Our Articles

For each of the attractions that you talk about in our articles, you will find information on how to get there with public transportation.

Where private regional train lines and/or bus companies are servicing the city or town, we will also make that clear at the beginning or at the end of the article. Information on relevant discounted tickets will also be included in such cases if available.

Occasionally, you might even find tips in our articles such as on which side of the bus you should sit on to get a better view of the area that you are visiting (we all have those moments where we wish we are sitting on the other side of the vehicle so that we aren’t facing a blank wall!).

Transporation Deals Other than JR Passes

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The Best Guide to Chūbu Japan’s Discounted Transportation Deals

As you might be aware, the famous JR pass isn’t the only discounted transportation ticket available in Japan. Almost all train and bus companies have their own special tickets that may save you a lot of money when you try to travel from A to B. Some of them even team up with each other to offer you an even better bargain!

That is why we are slowly adding articles on these amazing deals to the transportation category for you so you can see if a particular ticket suits the itinerary of your next Japan trip that helps you to save even more than the JR pass (^_-)-☆.

Talk to Us if You Are Unsure if a JR Pass or Any Other Special Tickets Will Help You Save

If you find yourself in those situations that you are unsure if you should get a JR Pass for your next visit to Japan, then talk to us!

Let us know your itinerary through our Contact Us Page. We will get back to you with a recommendation of which JR pass or other sorts of deals you can consider. Depending on where you want to go in Japan, sometimes none of the passes will save you money. And this is why you might want to refer to our tips on How to Plan Your Ultimate Japan Travel Itinerary That Will Save You the Most Time and Money (=゚ω゚)ノ.

Sightseeing/Joyful Trains in Japan

A couple of trains in Japan are attractions themselves with a splendid interior and special services. These trains usually run through some of the most stunning parts of the country as well. This is why we want to introduce them to you! Talking about hitting two birds with one stone, they are the perfect example (≧▽≦).

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Yufuin no Mori (ゆふいんの森)
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Resort Shirakami (リゾート白神)

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