Japan has an extensive transport network that includes advanced railways. The problem arises when thinking about how to use trains in Japan, since with so much variety, in such a huge country and in a language we don't understand, this can become an odyssey.
How trains work in Japan
The first thing to know is that You can go by train to any corner of the country or any city. So you do not have a bad time on your trip to Japan and know how to make the most of this fabulous transport network, we give you some tips:
Buy the JR PassJapan Rail Pass -Antonio Tajuelo / Flickr.com
The JR Pass is an unlimited train use card in all the country. The best thing is that you buy it before traveling to Japan, doing it from your country will be much cheaper. Dont miss the chance!
Although you can travel with it throughout Japan, there may be some limitations, such as bullet trains and other specials. This card is exclusively for visitors and, although its price may seem excessive, we assure you that you will give it a lot of use and thattaking into account the prices of the country, it will compensate you.
Get ready in advance
Keep in mind that Japan is a big country and that its rail network is huge, so it is very possible that you are lost when you arrive at one of its stations. What can you do? It is best to prepare before embarking on the trip.Train in Japan - Luke Chapman / Flickr.com
As you may know what you want to visit and when to do it, search with time what trains will take you to that place. That way, you've already begun to know the colors of the lines, where each one takes you and what timetables they have.
It is something simple that will save you a lot of time and worries. Also remember that depending on the trains you want to use, there will be some in which you will have to make a seat reservation, which will be much easier if you do it from home.
As well it will be very useful to know in advance where each of the stations isWell, this will save you a lot of stress. Although it is true that they are usually visible from a relatively distant point, it is always better to know with certainty where they are located so that you are not disoriented.
You should know that although all stations have the JR logo, not all of them have the same trains. In some there are bullet trains, in others the shinkansen, etc. Depending on the color of the logo, it will be one company or another and it will serve us or not for our journey.
Japan stationsTokyo station - tokyoform / Flickr.com
The seasons in Japan are very diverse, from the ones in big cities and that look like buildings that are running for an architecture award, to small docks of years that are still in good condition. A whole mix of decorations.
You will also find those that, without more, are somewhere apparently in the middle of nowhere, where there are only a few platforms and a few tracks. In them you will appreciate having your JR Pass card, since you could go crazy trying to find out where to buy the ticket.
Types of trains in JapanTrains-bala -Dao-hui-Chen / Flickr.com
Like its stations are varied, so are its trains. These are the types that there are:
- Local: also know as futsu, It stops at all stations. It is not necessary to reserve seats.
- Rapid: kaisoku It is the other name they receive and, although they do not make stops at all stations, they cannot be considered express either.
- Semi-express: his japanese name is junkyu and they don't stop at many stations in order to be what their own name indicates, express.
- Limited express: tokkyu the Japanese call it, and it is one of the fastest there is, because for a few seasons, although you also have to know that it carries a supplement in the price.
- Shinkansen: This is the superexpress par excellence and you can use it with your JR Pass. And as we told you before, remember to reserve the seat.
Have you already learned how to use trains in Japan in the best way? Well, enjoy your trip! You see that you can travel the country in a very comfortable and fast way.