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.
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!
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