Experience Japan - Japan Train Travel Guide

Japan Train Travel Guide - Shinkansen
In this train travel guide for Japan, there are many reasons we choose to use Japan train system instead of using their alternative options.

Japan has one of the most advanced train system in the world. Train travel in Japan brought us a lot of fun moments. You can enjoy the scenery along the coastal line when you travelled from Sapporo to Otaru. You can also enjoy the autumn scenic view along the journey from Osaka to Kyoto too. 

These are the few advantages to use Japan train system.

Plan Early through Hyperdia
You can plan your way from home by checking your destination through Hyperdia, all of the instructions are in English. If you aren't sure about which stations to drop off, you can always compare your destination at Google Map or Here Map. 

Japan Rail Pass 
You can use Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) if you plan to travel frequently within a certain period of time. It's considerably expensive compared to domestic flights but it definitely worth it if you plan to use the train system because eventually multiple trip tickets would cost you more than that. There are many types of JR Pass. If you plan to use the pass only in West Japan (Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, etc), you can go for JR West Pass.

Avoid the Queue
You don't have to queue for the tickets every time you travel. You can make your ticket purchases all at one time once you activated your JR Pass. You can reserve your seat at ticket counter too.
Japan Train Travel Guide - Ekiben

One of the signature for Japan Train. You can get varieties of train foods at train station or even in train. Just be reminded that the price difference is huge as the train foods served like the flight meal.

During my trip, there wasn't any delay for the train departure and arrival time. There were only early arrivals, no any late departures. So, you can be rest assured that you will reach on time. If you are so unlucky to have missed it in the first place, don't worry as you still have your JR Pass. You can buy the next train ticket by using it without extra cost.

Travelling in Japan can be fun especially with their train system. We travelled from Central Japan to West and North Japan without hassle. Simply Amazing!

Ms Z

For further reading on Ms Z’s Japan Train Travel,
  • Hakone Mt Fuji Japan Guide
  • Shirakawa-go Japan Guide
  • Experience Japan - Hakone - Best Place To See Mt Fuji

    Hakone is famous with the hot springs and its beautiful view of Mt Fuji. To gain a close sight at my beloved Mt Fuji, I decided to take a detour to Hakone as the first train journey from Tokyo. It's about 35 minutes journey from Tokyo Station (Most of the time, Shinkansen departs from Tokyo Station) to reach Odawara.
    It's our second day in Japan. We started our JR Pass to make use of the Japan railway system. I am getting very excited because this is my first time taking the Japan most advanced train –Shinkansen. Shinkansen can speed up to a maximum of 320km/h (200m/h)! You will be drawn to it when you get closer!
    Ms Z’s Ekiben

    We dropped off at Odawara Station. From there, we bought Hakone 1-Day Free Pass at the self service vending machine. (If you are not familiar with the machine, you can try to get help from Mr. Station). There are many different kinds of Hakone Free Pass for you to choose. (Tip: You should buy the Hakone Free Pass because eventually separate tickets added up will be more than the free pass).

    There are many options you can take to reach Owakudani (The Sulfurus Valley, unfortunately it is closed right now due to the recent volcanic eruption activity). 
    From Odawara, you can either choose to take Odakyu Railways (which departs from Shinjuku, it is slower compared to Shinkansen) to Hakone-Yumoto and start your journey. Another option is by Hazone Tozan Bus. The last option we took was by taking Hakone Tozan Railways.

    Fyi, Hakone sight-seeing transportation is built to travel around the Mount Hakone, so you don’t have to worry about missing any spectacular views!

    A day trip to Hakone requires early planning as you might have to choose which destinations to visit. We went for the full journey except the museums as we had an appointment at Hakone Yuryo Hot Springs at 3pm. 
    You can learn how to make a booking at HakoneYuryo Hot Springs through their website.
    After reaching Gora, we took the Hakone Ropeway ride to Owakudani. Along the ropeway ride, we managed to set our first sight on full Mt Fuji view. I was stunned by the size of Mt Fuji as I've never been so near to Mt Fuji before. Owakudani is the platform station where there are ramen shops, souvenir shops and some basic facilities. There is another extension for you to take closer look at the volcanic area as well.
    We had our lunch at Hakone Spicy Ramen shop. You have to purchase the ticket in front of the shop to order a food.
    Enjoying my black squid ink spicy pork ramen!

    The most famous food in Owakudani is the black eggs. What are black eggs? Black eggs are eggs boiled through hot springs water. According to Japanese myth, consuming a black egg can prolong your life for another 10 years! We tried it and it tasted really delicious compared to the normal onsen egg.
    Moving further, we took the Hakone Ropeway down to another side of the Owakudani Valley, we stopped at Togendai. It is the mini jetty to cross Lake Ashi. There are two routes for you to choose, one is to Hakone-Machi where you can take your return ride back to Hakone-Yumoto. Alternatively, you can choose another route which is to Moto-Hakone where you will find Hakone Shrine over there. 
    Cruising over Lake Ashi from Togendai to Hakone-Machi is one of the best experiences in Hakone, you can enjoy the beautiful surrounding of Lake Ashi and the stunning view of Mt Fuji at the same time.
    Right after we reached Hakone-Machi, we hopped on Hakone Tozan bus and begin our journey back to Hakone-Yumoto station. We were trapped in a heavy congestion and almost late for our spa appointment at the onsen resort.

    Right at that moment, mr estimated that we were not far from the resort. So, we decided to drop off and walk directly to the resort. Miraculously, we reached Hakone Yuryo Resort on time! We were given 2 sets of bath robe and clean towels to start of our first hot spring experience.
    We spent quality time and enjoyed so much at the hot spring. After spending 2 hours in the resort, we went back to Hakone-Yumoto station. We took Hakone Tozan Railway back to Odawara and took Shinkansen back to Tokyo

    Gentle Monster Sunglasses Malaysia

    Gentle Monster - This Korean designer sunglasses has become the latest trend in Asia. It is featured in Korean Dramas such as My Love From The Star and The Girl Who Sees Smells. Actress like Jeon Ji Hyun 全智贤, Lee Min Ho李敏鎬are wearing GM in the dramas.
    Gentle Monster are sold exclusively in SEEN Malaysia . They carry all kind of Gentle Monster series from the classic one to the most fashionable one. Each of the sunglasses has their uniqueness that will drive you crazy.
    It fits perfectly to my face and doesn't give you the discomfort of wearing it. 
    You can try out the different designs from the crazy wild color to modest models of all. 
    I’m wearing the GM black oversized sunglasses frame. This classic black sunnies definitely ideal for my daily wear.
    Every pair of sunglasses comes with a wrapper and a special designed cloth cover. 
    Gentle Monster is the “It” shades every celebrity is wearing now. Most importantly, the right pair of sunnies will definitely give you visual comfort for any outdoor conditions.

    Experience Japan - Kyoto's Must Eat Tendon - Tensyu 天周

    Kyoto Japan Must Eat Food - Tendon
    After walking around Kyoto tourist spots, we decided to have something special for our lunch. As we are the extreme tempura lovers, we found a much recommended tempura shop at Kyoto – Tensyu 天冨良天周 while planning our Japan trip. It is a place you shouldn't miss in Kyoto if you are tempura lovers like us!

    Experience Japan - Shirakawa-go Japan Guide

    Shirakawa-go Observation Deck
    In this exploration guide to Shirakawa-go Japan, my itinerary guides you in scheduling your time accurately based on different Japan transportations and at the same time leverage the usage of JRPass.