Railway Travelers' Room
Japan is a country of archipelago consisting of four main islands and about 3,000 smaller islands, running about 3,000 km from northeast to southwest.
The railway network in Japan with a total length of about 28,000km is built in the four main islands, with mountain ridges running through each of the four islands.
Tracks run along coast lines and passing mountain ridges with many bridges and tunnels.
The scenery seen from a train window is, therefore, full of variety and fascinates many people.
Railway traveling is established as a field of activities, known as "Nori-tetsu", among railway fans in addition to traditional photographing ("Tori-tetsu") or model railroading ("Mokei-Tetsu").
Train timetables are monthly published by two publishers with a circulation of two million copies in total. They are not only used by people actually traveling by rail, but also by enthusiasts who are interested in reading the timetable.
This page is going to provide information on railway traveling in Japan.
I will try to answer your questions on this subject, if you give me an e-mail.
Railway News and Railways of Japan have been updated.
What's new (March 31, 2021):
Introduction to Kanjo, a popular activity of Japanese rail fans
Information on newly opened or closed railways in Japan
A comprehensive list of railways in Japan.
Information on JR's Passenger Tickets Rule useful for railway traveling in Japan
Information on Free-ride tickets useful for Nori-tetsu or Kanjo in Japan
Introduction to the longest one-way ticket featured by an NHK BS TV program
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