Japan by Rail tells you what you need to know to plan a trip to Japan and how to get around when you are there, particularly if travelling with a Japan Rail Pass or one of the regional rail passes.
See About the book for technical details about the book and an idea of what it contains.
Since books always have limits in terms of space we will use this website to expand on the information in Japan by Rail and include material that is not in the book, or on the Japan by Rail page on Trailblazer’s website.
It is almost always worth having a JR Pass so go to the Planning your trip page for details about the various rail passes.
Under When to go you can read about the climate in Japan but more importantly about some of the many Festivals and events that are held throughout the country. That page also gives details of the national holidays in Japan.
On pp20-5 of Japan by Rail we outline some suggested itineraries. However, under Where to go you will find details of Itineraries we have been sent which we are sure will help you focus on what is really important for your trip.
We also list Scenic journeys we have enjoyed or which have been recommended to us, general Highlights, and other things that we hope will help you plan your trip such as a list of the World Heritage Sites in Japan and details about some of the Hot springs (onsen and rotemburo) we have discovered, or which have been recommended.
Under About Japan we have a map of Japan and basic details about the country. There is also information about Accommodation options, Money and costs, with some sample budgets, as well as guidance about coping with the Language; in fact it is easy to get around as you will find out!
On the Updates page we will inform you of any changes we hear about.
Finally, we also want this website to be a place where we can share Feedback so please send us anything you would like to say about your trip to Japan. Alternatively, click here to contact Japan by Rail if you have any questions or comments.
We will be adding more to the website in the coming months so keep checking!
Please see the Japan by Rail page on Trailblazer’s website (Trailblazer) for some sample text from the book and, of course, to buy a copy (with free delivery worldwide) - just click on 'Buy now' to the right of the price.
Japan by Rail can also be bought from Amazon.
The Hokuriku shinkansen service to Kanazawa started in March 2015.
JR East has withdrawn both the Suica & NE'X and the Suica & Haneda passes. For full details see the Tokyo section on the Updates page.