One way to experience the extremely efficient and reliable infrastructure of Japan is of course via the Shinkansen (bullet train) in Japan. If you’re a tourist too, you take advantage of the Japan Rail Pass for unlimited rides on the JR Shinkansen lines and local trains, available in 7, 14 and 21 day passes. There are also passes available for specific areas too, which makes it easy if you only wish to travel in a certain part of Japan.
However, for those who don’t need a ticket for the whole 7, 14 or 21 days there are also other options available. Using a site called Japanican.com (Yes it’s in English), you have the alternative of a range Shinkansen travel packages (one-way or return), with an inclusive hotel room (available at a variety of locations) and these can also work out quite cheap. The advantage of using these tickets is that you are also able to ride the fastest of the bullet trains the Nozomi, which is not only the fastest but is also the number 1 express service (meaning it has fewer stops between destinations). With the Japanese Rail Pass (unlimited rides) you are usually restricted to the slower of the bullet trains, which are still fast, but stop more frequently. Please note these specials are also for tourists only.
Packages are available to many popular destinations around Japan including, Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, Hiroshima, Hakone, and more. You also have the choice from one to several nights stay, from a number of hotels, depending on availability.
Recently, the new Hokkaido Bullet Train service started in March 2016 and now offers a more express service all the way to the north island’s Hakodate station. Whilst there are no packages available for these destinations yet, we may see some in the future as the service gains popularity.
For more information about the Japan Rail Pass, visit the official site here:
For more information about Shinkansen packages, you can access the Japanican site here: