Rail Transport in Japan

The mainline railway system in Japan is operated by six railway companies of JR Group (Japan Railways Group), provides passenger services separately by region as the map below shows.

To find detailed info, route maps, timetables, fares, etc., visit their official web sites in accordance with the area you are planning to travel. For example, if you plan to travel around Niseko in Hokkaido, visit the website of JR Hokkaido.

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JR Japan Railways Group

JR Hokkaido Railway Company

http://www2.jrhokkaido.co.jp/global/

JR East Japan Railway Company

http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/

JR Tokai Central Japan Railway Company

http://english.jr-central.co.jp/

JR West Japan Railway Company

http://www.westjr.co.jp/english/

JR Shikoku Railway Company

http://www.jr-shikoku.co.jp/global/en/

JR Kyushu Railway Comapny

http://www.jrkyushu.co.jp/english/

Japan Rail Pass

https://www.jrailpass.com/ 
The Japan Rail Pass allows unlimited travel on Japan Rail trains, buses and ferries.

Other Japanese railway companies

In each local area, private railway companies also provide rail transport services. 
Wikipedia | List of Railway comapnies in japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_railway_companies_in_Japan

Train Route Finder by Jorudan Co.,Lrd.

http://www.jorudan.co.jp/english/norikae/e-norikeyin.html


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