Japanese trains – more than JR

Nagano Dentetsu train

Japan is famous for its train services, which have a reputation for going almost everywhere, punctuality, and speed. Because of this, many visitors decide to get a Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) thinking that they can go everywhere with this. While JR has a national network covering large areas of Japan, there are also a number of private rail companies. These provide services in specific regions, including to well-known tourist destinations. Continue reading “Japanese trains – more than JR”

Do I need a JR Pass, or Suica?

With all the options available for transport in Japan, and different methods of paying for them, first-time visitors can be confused about what products they should buy. A frequent question that comes up in the TripAdvisor Japan forum is “should I get a JR Pass or a Suica?” These are two very different products for different uses, and it’s not a case of either/or. Continue reading “Do I need a JR Pass, or Suica?”