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33 Survival Kanji for Japan First-Timers

Coming to Japan, but don't know any kanji—or what kanji even means? Take a deep breath, relax and we'll get you started along the way!

Travel from Tokyo to Kyushu for Under US$25

For the price of a couple beers in a Tokyo bar, you can go all the way from the eastern capital to the southwestern island of Kyushu.

Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Neighbourhood Guide

Japan is known for its spectacular subway systems, a lot of which can be traced back to the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line. Famous for being the oldest subway line in Asia and its yellow-orange color, the Ginza Line stretches from Shibuya Station to Asakusa.

Top 4 Things to Do around Mikawa-Anjo Station

Yearning to try the Shinkansen, but don't know where to go? One of the cheapest Shinkansen routes takes you to Mikawa-Anjo—but what can you do once you arrive? We've got four great itinerary ideas!

Get 'Spirited Away' at this Nagasaki Festival

You'll feel as though you've slipped into a Ghibli film as you glide through the streets of Nagasaki in a sea of orange and red lanterns.

Touching Tribute to Station Master's Last Day

This heartwarming video captures the emotion of the last day of work for a Japanese rail station employee.

Arrive at Your Destination in Style

The ridiculously luxurious Kyoto-West Japan sleeper train includes bathtubs, skylights, and separate restaurant and bar.

'Ukiyo-e' Teach Passengers Train Etiquette

The ever-growing series of traditional artwork being used for modern aesthetic is grabbing everyone’s attention for its beauty and humor, especially on their daily commute.

3-Day Unlimited Pass for Tokyo & East Japan

Planning to be in Japan in late July? JR East is offering a cheap three-day pass covering Tokyo and northeastern Japan for a limited time!

12 Things to Do in Gunma in Spring

Gunma offers its cherry blossoms combined with daffodils, mountain phlox, converted tramcars, feudal warriors and even a World Heritage Site.

Video: Kyoto - Timeless Beauty in 4K

Filmmaker Osamu Hasegawa takes us on a stunning journey through spring and fall in Kyoto, making majestic use of drones, glidecams and time-lapse photography. Even if you've visited the city a dozen times, you're sure to find something new!

Get the Best Seats on the Shinkansen

Japanese bullet trains, or Shinkansen, offer three types of seats for your traveling ease. Check this out for a helpful description of each as you plan your next train trip around Japan!

Posh Japan Train Travels to Try Before You Die

If you think cross-country train rides only offer magnificent views, think again. Japan, teeming with glorious natural wonders, has made moving from one prefecture to another a luxurious experience you'll never forget!

Breathing New Life into Old Kyoto

Kyoto is famous for its rich history, including temples and palaces that have existed for more than a millennium, but there are some new and exciting sites around the former capital that are sure to delight people of all ages.

Take a Kanazawa Side-Trip for Just ¥390

For expert JR users, there's a way to take a round-trip between Osaka and Tokyo and add Kanazawa to your tour for just ¥390 (about US$3.46). Here's how.

9 Things to Do in Tochigi in Spring

Tochigi is full of colorful delight as spring brings a wide swathe of flora across the prefecture.

Take a Ride on the 'Tokyo Roller Coaster'

As part of the Toei Oedo Line's 25th anniversary campaign, the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation has released the slickly produced promotional video 'Tokyo Roller Coaster,' featuring a first-person view of the line's twists and turns.

Weird & Hilarious Ad Promotes Train Manners

Japan’s newest commercial about manners on trains may be quite difficult to get your head around.

JR Explained

When talking about Japanese trains, surely Japan Railways (JR) comes to mind. But did you know that JR isn't one single company, but six?

Platform 13½ Set to Open at Ueno Station

Like the Hogwarts Express, a new Japanese train is now getting its very own mysterious in-between platform.

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