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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
Mastering the Art of Sleeping Anywhere
Our friendly Texan in Tokyo has always been alert and vigilant while using public transportation—until now!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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!
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!
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!
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.