Great railway journeys in Japan
In Japan, holidays by rail make an efficient and scenic way to explore the country, and all the islands are well served by local high-quality trains. You’ll be able to relax in your well-appointed seat and enjoy quality meals and excellent service—truly, why travel any other way?
Experience the bullet train
Snaking through Japan at speeds of 300 kilometres per hours, the Japanese Shinkansen, or bullet train, is the quickest and most efficient way to travel the country. It is so efficient, in fact, that its punctuality is world renowned, and a hold up of just five minutes results in passengers being given a ‘delay certificate’. Inside the trains, you’ll find spacious, comfortable and wonderfully quiet carriages (no one speaks noisily on their phones here), where you can sit back in your reclining seat and watch the cities and countryside glide effortlessly by.
Take advantage of a Japan Rail Pass
Linking the country’s main islands of Honshu, Kyushu and Hokkaido, train travel is popular for a reason—and a Japan Rail Pass gives you unlimited use of almost the entire Shinkansen and rail network. Your Wexas travel consultant will be happy to help you plan your itinerary from start to finish, or can walk you through the steps of reserving seats and tell you what trains we recommend, giving you the confidence to explore this incredible destination independently.
Relax with luxury train travel
If you would rather slow down the pace and swap the futuristic lightning speeds of the Shinkansen for the opulence of yesteryear, then the highly sought after Seven Stars train is just the ticket. Bedecked in beautifully carved wood, plush furnishings and with top-notch service on tap, this is one of the most memorable ways to see the volcanoes and hot springs of Kyushu.
Our top itineraries for Japan Great railway journeys
Experience the best Japan has to offer on this 16-day tour, meandering through the modern hi-tech, natural beauty, and the ancient and traditional. Start your tour off in one of the most modern, efficient and largest cities in the world - Tokyo.
Step out of Japan's capital and explore an alpine world of shrines and samurai frozen in time. Board the mighty bullet train, sleep in timber ryokan inns, stay in hot onsen springs and more on this tailor-made journey.
This curated rail journey brings you on bullet-train sprints between Japan’s rich past, taking in ancient castle towns and tea ceremonies in Kyoto. You’ll also enjoy private, tailor-made tours everywhere from Tokyo to Hiroshima as you stay in luxury hotels and traditional ryokan inns.