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Happily for both visitors from abroad and residents alike, Japan transportation is among the world’s most thorough and convenient, with an abundance of options that makes moving about the country a breeze.


Japan Transportation Options:

  • Japan Rail Travel – Rail travel is the first thing that pops into most people’s minds when discussing transportation in Japan–and for good reason: Japan’s intricate network of railways, from its subway systems to the mighty Shinkansen bullet train, is as intricately linked as it is efficient and convenient, and likely will be your primary means of travel within Japan.
  • Japan Bus Travel – In Japan, where the train lines end, the bus lines begin. Whether used for for traveling around the city, across the country, out to rural tourist destinations, or to and from the airport, travel by bus is another great means of getting around and about in Japan.
  • Japan Taxi Travel – When you need to get from Point A to Point B in a hurry, or find a way home after a late night out, taxis are within easy hailing distance in and around Japan’s urban centers.
  • Japan Air Travel – Air travel within Japan is a great option when you need to cover a large distance in a short period of time.
  • Japan Ferry Travel – Ferries are a fun, adventurous way to travel to and from Japan’s many islands.

    Japan Transportation Tips

  • Consider purchasing a JR Rail Pass prior to traveling to Japan. Be aware that the Japan rail pass must be purchased before arriving in Japan.
  • If you’re planning to do any flying within Japan, consider purchasing one of the discount domestic air travel packages offered by Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways, Japan’s two main carriers.
  • Renting a car while in Japan is certainly an option, but it may not be your best one. Learn more about renting cars in Japan.
  • It is not necessary to tip cab drivers, as tipping is not a Japanese custom.
  • If you’re from a country where drivers drive on the right side of the road, be extra cautious when crossing the street, as drivers drive on the left side in Japan. It is very easy to look for cars approaching from your left before crossing out of habit and then be caught unaware by a car approaching from your right.


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