Japanese Public Transport

Japanese Public Transport
Japanese Public Transport

Japan's public transportation system is renowned for being reliable and effective. Both citizens and visitors find it convenient and easy to travel everywhere in the nation. When it comes to long-distance travel within Japan, there are many options available. Which one you should take will depend on a number of things, including your budget, how quickly you want to get there, and the amenities you want to make your journey as comfortable as possible. There are a lot of types of transportation, stations, and ports: Japanese port on Honshu, Port of Tokyo, Kobe Port, Port of Nagoya, Port of Osaka, Port of Yokohama.


In Japan, there are numerous airlines that provide domestic travel. The two major airlines that run the majority of the flights in the nation's more than fifty airports are Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA). Peach Aviation, Vanilla Air, Jetstar Japan, Air Do, Air Asia Japan, Spring Airlines Japan, Starflyer, IBEX Airlines, and Fuji Dream Airlines are just a few of the smaller airlines that provide flights at lower costs, making them ideal for vacationers on a tight budget.


Biking is a pleasant, healthy, and affordable way to see Japan, especially in tiny towns where tourist attractions are close together, yet are too exhausting to reach on foot. Many hotels and hostels in the nation offer bicycles for free or for a minimal price to their visitors.


The Japan Railways Group operates a high-speed bullet train network that connects the majority of Japan's main cities (JR Group). These bullet trains, also referred to as Shinkansen, have a top speed of 320 kilometers per hour. Nearly throughout the entire day, shinkansen lines travel between Hakodate in the north and Kagoshima in the south, as well as from Tokyo in the east to Hiroshima in the west and vice versa. Both their regular cars (regular type seats) and their green cars (business class type seats) have comfortable, cushioned seats with enough foot and luggage space, restrooms, smoking areas, electrical outlets in every seat, and food trolleys with a respectable selection of beverages, snacks.

Roadside buses

Budget travelers who don't mind traveling more slowly or spending the night in a reclining seat on a bus instead of at a hostel or paying thousands of yen for a Shinkansen ticket are advised to take the highway bus.


With over 6,800 islands, Japan is an archipelagic country with a reliable ferry system that provides a wide range of amenities.

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Train tickets in Japan can be quite pricey. The Japan Rail Pass is available for short-term stays, but not for students staying long enough to require a visa. Instead, you can purchase a commuter pass, which allows you to travel between two train stations in Japan for much less money than single tickets.

The Advantages of a Commuter Pass

In Japan, purchasing a commuter pass will get you a discounted price for a fixed journey, typically between your home and work or home and school. You pay to travel between two stations and can also get on and off at any station along the route. The pass can be purchased for one, three, or six months, with the longer the period, the greater the discount. The commuter pass will be "added" to an IC-card (similar to Suica and Pasmo), making it extremely convenient. Because the commuter pass is also a Suica/Pasmo card, you can load money onto it. If you deviate from your planned route, the extra fare will be deducted from your card. When you exit, the cheapest route will be calculated, allowing you to use the benefits of the commuter pass card even when traveling to a different station. You do not need to purchase separate tickets; simply tap your IC card on the reader near the ticket gates. As a student at a Japanese language school, you may be eligible for an even lower-cost pass, as some schools offer an additional student discount. To qualify for this discount (which may only apply to certain lines), you must be able to show proof of your student status, such as a student ID with your correct address and a document issued by your language school. To receive the discount, you must obtain your commuter pass from a counter rather than a ticket machine. Because not all language schools offer transportation discounts, we recommend inquiring with the school staff before purchasing your commuter pass.

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