How far is it to…?

Snow monkeys at Jigokudani Monkey Park

Travel distances in Japan are greater than would-be visitors often think which leads to over-estimating how much can be fitted into the trip. A common mental image is that they will arrive and be whisked by shinkansen (bullet train) from the airport to Tokyo and then on to Mount Fuji.

The shinkansen doesn’t go everywhere in Japan, just between major cities. There are other trains on Japan’s extensive rail network, including limited express and local trains. These are slower than shinkansen, but very useful for getting around. Continue reading “How far is it to…?”