The Storied History of the Yamanote Line
The Yamanote Line is Tokyo's, if not Japan's, most iconic rail line, and also one of its busiest. It's time for a special Yamanote trip—a journey through its past!
Shinjuku Station in Super Slow Motion
This super slow motion video taken at Shinjuku Station freeze makes mundane life pop like living sculptures.
Riding Shotgun on a Subway
Ever wonder how a subway conductor sees the world? This video will give you a rare opportunity to hop in the driver's seat!
Mastering the Art of Sleeping Anywhere
Our friendly Texan in Tokyo has always been alert and vigilant while using public transportation—until now!
4 Fun & Weird Ways to Use the Train
Japanese trains are fast and efficient. But have you ever seen one used as a rolling showroom? Or how about having a concert at 260 kilometers per hour?
The Station Master Cats
In many parts of Japan, train stations aren't merely gateways but places of interest. At Kishi Station in Kinokawa City, Wakayama Prefecture, it’s a cat that attracts people and makes the trip worth their while.
Wi-Fi Goes Underground—at Last
Communters and tourists alike can now enjoy free Wi-Fi while riding on Tokyo's Toei Asakusa Line, with more lines to come.
Japan's Most Popular Train Passes
Japan's railway companies have created multitudes of passes to attract passengers, which can be confusing and off-putting at first to novice riders. Let's check out some of the passes so you'll be ready to ride the rails!
The Shinkansen Network in Japan
A visit to Japan is incomplete without some travel on the Shinkansen, Japan’s bullet train network. With a new line connecting Hokkaido, there isn’t a better time to see all of Japan in the blink of an eye!
9 Tips for Surviving Crowded Trains
Trains in Japan can become extremely packed—to the point where they feel like they're bursting at the seams! But if you follow these tips, you'll learn how to ride those crowded trains like a pro!
Japan's Magnificent Maglev
Japan's fast and super-efficient rail services have been the envy of the world for years, but the nation's newest train makes the speedy Shinkansen look like a tortoise.
36 Japanese Words to Describe Train Otaku
Are you into collecting train stamps, or is taking pictures of trains more your thing? No matter what your passion for trains may be, the Japanese language has a word for it!
How to Survive the Last Train in Tokyo
Despite being Japan's most populated city, trains still stop around 1 a.m. in Tokyo. So how do you survive the crowded crush on that final train home?
Merry Melodies for Train Departures
After taking into account suggestions from the public, Tokyo Metro has finally settled on some J-Pop jingles for train departures.
Plathome: A Home Designed Around an Old Train
What would you do with an old train car? If you're architect Takanobu Kishimoto, you incorporate it into part of a house!
Aichi's Maglev Still Running Strong
YouTubers Rachel & Jun introduce Linimo, one of only two maglev (magnetic levitation) trains presently open to public use in the world, the other being in Shanghai.
Can You Sell Homes with Dozing Commuters?
Japanese people often sleep on the train. It doesn’t just happen during the morning rush hour, either: it happens pretty much at any time of day. This cute video connects train dozing with the importance of having a nice home at the end of the ride.
Curious Cats Sneak onto Trains
We have no idea where these adorable cats are heading, but they sure do look like they're enjoying their train ride!
Putting a Vital Railway Back on Track
Despite suffering massive damage in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the Sanriku Railway Company swiftly restored its services and has become a pillar of support for the region.
Train Postcards Represent Your Favorite Lines
Want to show your love for your favorite train line? With these wonderful train postcards, your dream is now a reality!