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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.

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!

Have You Ever Shopped in a Lawson Train?

You've heard of Lawson Station, but have you ever shopped in a Lawson train? Located in Kobe City, this unique, train-themed convenience store was unveiled in January 2016.

The Perfect Beer for Shinkansen Fans

Have you been on all the bullet trains featured on these 15 beer cans?

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.

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.

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.

Regional Station Souvenirs You Can't Miss!

Don't let these yummy station souvenirs pass you by on your next Shinkansen ride!

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.

The Next Generation Express Train

Seibu Group announces a new train concept that would be one with its environment.

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.

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.

Tokyo Like You've Never Seen It Before

It's easy to make Tokyo look good—but this video makes it look like a gorgeous living landscape. Sit back and get swept away.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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?

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.

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