Why Planning Is Key When Purchasing Your Japan Rail Ticket
If there’s a country that has perfected train travel, it’s Japan. Let International Rail show you how to prepare so you can get most Japan Rail Ticket.
The enigmatic country of Japan has long been a popular
destination for tourists. It's a country responsible for
introducing the world to sushi, Zen gardens and sake - and of
course, it's also at the forefront of technology.
One of the best reasons to visit Japan is also to experience its
unique features - its high speed bullet trains, or 'Shinkansen'.
This means you get to enjoy the Shinkansen as part of your trip,
while getting transported to any destination between Hokkaido and
If you intend on visiting Japan and using rail as your primary
method of transportation, here's what you need to take into
consideration in your planning:
- You'll need to buy your Pass in advance: Japan
Rail Passes (are highly recommended as it allows for unrestricted
travel all over the country using the JR lines) cannot be purchased
in Japan or by Japanese residents for personal use. You'll need to
purchase one before you embark on your trip using your temporary
visitor status, booking a ticket as a foreign tourist visiting from
- You'll need to plan your trip: Most of us make
allowances for travel delays when travelling abroad. But in Japan,
the efficiency and predictability of every single train (barring a
major unforeseen event) is such that you can plan your arrivals and
departure down to the minute. And still feel confident!
On the downside, this also means that if you are late by seconds
you could miss your trip, so be punctual.
- You'll need to reserve seating, depending on when
you're travelling: The Japan Rail Pass lets you book
seating free of charge once you're in Japan. It's not really
necessary, but if you're visiting in peak periods such as during
Cherry Blossom Season, Golden Week, Obon or the New Year we'd
strongly recommend it.
Purchasing your actual Japan Rail Pass is a breeze, and
knowing when and how to use it is equally simple. To purchase
your Japan Rail Pass click here. It's something well worth
organizing before you've left Australia, so you can relax and enjoy
the ride on your actual holiday.