10 Amazing Photos of Japanese Trains
Japan has some beautiful trains that pass through some incredible locations. And sometimes the train itself is the marvel!
Understanding Japanese Phone Culture
Before heading off to Japan, you may want to check out these keen observations by visitors from overseas regarding Japanese smartphone etiquette.
Pompompurin Takes Over Shinjuku Station!
The adorable half dog, half flan Sanrio character, Pompompurin, is making commuters' lives a little more cheerful at Shinjuku station.
How Japan's Trains Stay on Time
Ever wonder how Japan's trains stay so precisely on time? Hideki Hashimoto at the transport division of JR East's transport and rolling stock department explains the secret—and it's not just technology.
Riding the Rails from Top to Bottom
You'll never believe how long it takes to travel from the northernmost Shinkansen station to the one furthest south.
Akita Nairiku Line: Winter Wonderland by Rail
Through the heavy Akita snowfall, a train with one or two cars makes its way across bridges that span deep valleys and through tunnels that burrow into the heart of the mountains of the region.
Escape to Hokkaido on the Bullet Train
Japan's speediest train, the Shinkansen, now extends up to Japan's most northern island of Hokkaido, making it easier to enjoy red king crabs and the famous Sapporo Snow Festival.
Things We Wish We Knew Before Moving to Japan
Rachel of vlogger team Rachel & Jun teams up with Sharla from Sharla in Japan to riff on train passes, humidity, onion-free burgers and more.
Using Regenerated Energy from Trains
Since 2014, Tokyo Metro—the firm that operates the subway lines that run through downtown Tokyo—has been using regenerated power from subway cars to power the equipment in train stations.
This Lawson Station is an Actual Station!
While Lawson convenience stores are usually called 'Lawson Station,' this store in south-central Gifu Prefecture takes the name literally!
JR East to Use New Station Numbering System
From October 2016, a new numbering system for JR trains will be introduced making it a little easier (we hope!) to navigate the complex Tokyo rail network.
Essential Tips for Navigating Trains
Day-to-day transit in Japan can be confusing for the uninitiated. Don't worry! We're here to help.
Regional Station Souvenirs You Can't Miss!
Don't let these yummy station souvenirs pass you by on your next Shinkansen ride!
A Gamer's Approach to Tokyo's Trains
Tokyo's train system is challenging! So why not view it like a game to be won?
10 Intricate Ins & Outs of Train Etiquette
Japan is well-known as a polite society, and knowing the rules of etiquette is important to getting around Tokyo. With these 10 tips, you'll be commuting like a local.
The Perfect Beer for Shinkansen Fans
Have you been on all the bullet trains featured on these 15 beer cans?
Take the Train through Japan's Deepest Gorge
The Kurobe Gorge Railway is a perfect choice for tourists looking for something spectacular.
Thomas the Tank Engine Takes Japan
It may come as a bit of a surprise, but Thomas the Tank Engine is one of Japan's best-loved children's characters. In fact, the country boasts multiple theme parks and working trains dedicated to Thomas and his friends.
Hammering Out the Shinkansen's Face by Hand
Just one company in Japan, with a mere 40 employees, uses hand hammering techniques to produce many of the Shinkansen's distinctive shapes.
The Next Generation Express Train
Seibu Group announces a new train concept that would be one with its environment.