Japan by train

How to travel in Japan by train: information, connections, blog and travel reports. Help in our forum to buy train tickets.

Japan: To travel in Japan by train, buy your ticket via the given booking links. It is also possible to buy your train ticket at a railway station at ticket machines (English language version available). Due to the dense and frequent network in Japan, you will always get a seat at short notice. Another good option to travel in Japan by train the easy and relaxed way is the Japan Rail Pass.

Buy the train ticket at a railway station. Note: in some countries you have to pay a service fee at the ticket counter. The ticket can be purchased at a station in the country of departure, also sometimes in other countries.


JP Japan CN China

To travel from Japan to China, there is a direct ferry connection from Osaka (Japan) to Shanghai (China). Both cities are connected to the national railway network.
Another option is to travel first from Japan to Busan (South-Korea) by ferry, cross South Korea by train to Incheon. And take another ferry from Incheon (South Korea) to Qingdao (China), from where you continue by train to your destination in China.

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JP Japan KR South Korea

If you want to travel from Japan to South Korea, you have to include a ferry. Daily ferry connections are available from Shimonoseki (Japan) to Busan (South Korea) and from Sakaiminato (Japan) to Donghae (South Korea). All cities are connected to the national railway networks and easy to reach.

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JP Japan RU Russia

To travel from Japan to Russia, you have to include a ferry for example on the route from Sakaiminato (Japan) to Vladivostok (Russia). Ferry connection once per week with two nights on board via South Korea (Donghae). Both cities, Sakaiminato (Japan) and Vladivostok (Russia), are connected to the national rail network.

Booking of the ferry: sometimes you have to book in two steps. First from Sakaiminato to Donghae. Then from Donghae to Vladivostok.

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