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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The Next Generation Express Train
Seibu Group announces a new train concept that would be one with its environment.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
Take the Train through Japan's Deepest Gorge
The Kurobe Gorge Railway is a perfect choice for tourists looking for something spectacular.
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.
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.
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.
Mastering the Art of Sleeping Anywhere
Our friendly Texan in Tokyo has always been alert and vigilant while using public transportation—until now!
Regional Station Souvenirs You Can't Miss!
Don't let these yummy station souvenirs pass you by on your next Shinkansen ride!
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.