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Did You Know That Shinjuku and Shibuya Stations Have About 30 Exits?

If you have ever been to Japan, you may know that some of the larger train stations are extremely complicated. With many lines, exits, and platforms, it can be an adventure in itself just finding the right spot in one of the busy and crowded stations. For example, Shinjuku Station has over 10 train lines…

Make Traveling Fun! Ride These 2 Express Trains From Narita Airport to Ueno, Tokyo

Limited express trains are a traveler’s delight, offering comfortable seats, large windows, and excellent service. Various railway companies offer limited express service between Ueno, Tokyo and Narita Airport. Ride the train of your choice, and have fun on your journey! 1. JR East: Narita Express Kozo Hikage (Fuller, Inc.) This express train offers direct access…

How to Book Train Tickets in Advance Before Traveling to Japan

For many people traveling to Japan, booking train tickets is a major problem. You can always head to a Japan Rail (JR) counter once you arrive or seek help from an agent and pay some extra bucks, however, did you know that you can also book in advance online? Find out how below! Shinkansen Reservations…

Want to Be Among the First Few to Ride Japan’s Newest Bullet Train? Here’s How!

Did you know that Japanese bullet trains (Shinkansen) go on trial runs before becoming fully operational? Usually, it takes a lot of time to develop a bullet train and there are a lot of demonstrations that include quality checks, speed tests, and more. What if someone gave you an opportunity to participate in a maglev…

What Shocking Thing Did This Japanese Train Company Do and Why Did It Apologize?

Japan is recognized for many things around the world, and one of these things is trains running on time. In a world where many countries struggle with aging transport systems and consistent delays and complaints, Japan is famed for having high-quality trains and punctual services. The latest news, then, of a train company in Japan…

All About the Japanese IC Card and How to Get One

An IC (Integrated Circuit) card is a handy card that anyone staying in a city in Japan should have. They are easy to get and can be used in a variety of ways. Someone who is traveling around the city for a day will probably use their IC card at least once. So what is…

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A New and Improved Japanese Bullet Train Is in the Works

If you’ve ever lived or been to Japan, then you’ve definitely heard of, or even ridden, a Shinkansen or bullet train. The Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) officially announced that they are working on a new-generation bullet train – the Chuo Shinkansen. Find out about it here! Chuo Shinkansen jp.fotolia.com/ The Chuo Shinkansen is…

Navigating Japan: Can Using Trains in Japan Make You Smarter?

If you’ve been frequenting Japan’s well-established railway network, you’ll come to notice that a lot of the exit signs use cardinal directions (north, east, south, west) rather than relative directions (left, right, forward, backward). Cardinal directions are difficult to remember for many of us. It would take time to pick up hints and signals to…

How to Take Your Bicycle on Trains, Buses, and More in Japan

Japan is seeing a huge rise in the number of bicycles as many areas and streets have been redesigned with bikeways for cyclists. There are also some exclusive long-distance bike trails for serious bicyclists out there. If you visit smaller islands in Japan where public transport is limited, cycling is one of the few ways…
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