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?”

Finding your way between cities in Japan

Once you’ve decided where you’d like to go in Japan, you may be wondering about how to travel from one place to another. Will it be difficult if you don’t know Japanese? How do you know where to go? In a previous post, I talked about how to find your way around cities. Getting between cities has similarities, but there are some additional things that are helpful to know. Continue reading “Finding your way between cities in Japan”