Transportation Route Guides All Over Japan: Railway Services w/ Recommended Spots

According to the Japan Tourism Agency’s report, one of the biggest concerns about Japan travel is how to get information about a public transportation route to a destination in Japan.

Japan has a well-developed and large network of public transportation, in which a tremendous number of routes by rails, buses, subways, airplanes, and ships are connected each other. Even without cars, you can cover places in Japan to a large extent.

However, even for Japanese, it is difficult to reach his or her destination without some guides as the routes are too complicated to understand.

Yes, we now have a Google Map to untie such tangled nets.
But unless knowing any concrete names of places, even Google Map cannot help you. And you should know an outline of routes to your destination.

This page lists the outlines of public transportation routes you may need. All listed websites provide information in English. Before/during your Japan travel, please use this page as your reference.

In the first place, I would like to start with the most useful one: railway services.

I’ve selected and listed a picture, well explaining which service covers which locations in Japan.

Before you actually go to the spot, grab roughly where you want to go first on maps.

 

JR  HOKKAIDO

*Image sourced from: http://www2.jrhokkaido.co.jp/global/english/ttable/index.html

On the areas covered by JR Hokkaido trains, you may like the following tourist spot:

Asahiyama Zoo  / Details & Reviews on tripadvisor

 

JR EAST

*Image sourced from: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/routemaps/index.html?src=pcbtn

On the areas covered by JR EAST trains, you may like the following tourist spot:

Nikko Tosho-gu (Tochigi) / Details & Reviews on tripadvisor

 

JR CENTRAL

*Image sourced from: http://english.jr-central.co.jp/info/timetable/index.html

On the areas covered by JR CENTRAL trains, you may like the following tourist spot:

Kumano Kodo (Wakayama)

 

JR WEST

*Image sourced from: http://global.trafficinfo.westjr.co.jp/en/readme.html

On the areas covered by JR WEST trains, you may like the following tourist spot:
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (Kyoto)

*Related Article on LightPocket Blog: Can I Still Get Connected with Japan Prepaid SIM/Pocket WiFi? / Case 2: Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (Kyoto)

 

JR Shikoku

*Image sourced from: http://www.jr-shikoku.co.jp/global/en/dia.htm

On the areas covered by JR SHIKOKU trains, you may like the following tourist spot:
Shikoku Pilgrimage or Shikoku Henro

 

JR Kyushu

*Image sourced from: http://www.jrkyushu.co.jp/english/time_table/time_table.html

On the areas covered by JR KYUSHU trains, you may like the following tourist spot:
Kagoshima (Kagoshima)

 

 

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