My affection for Japan’s railway system has grown over the last couple of years. Aside from being punctual, affordable, and generally the best-way-to-travel around cities like Tokyo, the JR Group railways (and its predecessor – JNR) have an amazing history when it comes to innovation in train travel.
We wish you a merry Gone John and Chris-mas on this week’s edition of the podcast! On the weekend, Chris and I had some friends over to his apartment for this year’s edition of “John and Chris-mas.” When we lived in Canada, we’d host friends at the condo for an annual get-together, complete with roast dinner and all the trimmings. But with a slightly smaller kitchen this time around, we figured it’d be better to host the event as a potluck – and it was a great night!
One of the questions I see asked most often on the Lonely Planet Thorn Tree Forum message boards is whether or not Japan Rail Group’s Japan Rail Pass is good value for money. It’s a great question which you’ll often get a subjective answer to.
There are so many variables and personal preferences/biases which can determine whether or not the pass is right for someone.
In this guide, I’ll share my experience and offer suggestions to those looking to ride the rails in Japan.