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The beautiful Hokkaido is the northernmost of Japan's four major islands.
At Rail Plus we pride ourselves on being rail experts. Our expertise and years of experience has taught us many things but the most important thing is that there is never a ‘one type fits all’ approach to travel.
Japan's cherry blossom season is a truly magical experience, where national parks and iconic castles are transformed by seas of pink, white and red flowers. With a Japan Rail Pass you can enjoy this breathtakingly beautiful phenomenon, while discovering the many other highlights of the land of the rising sun.
Japan is famous for its cultural engagement with, and contemplation of, the natural world, so it will come as no surprise to know that winter in the land of the rising sun is celebrated like nowhere else on earth. There are dozens of winter festivals and events scattered all over the northern part of Honshu and and northernmost Island of Hokkaido, all of which are made easy to access with the JR Pass. This week, we take a look at four essential experiences to seek out if you’re in Japan over the winter months.
For many travellers, the allure of Japan lies in the unique way that the country melds together the past, present and, in some cases, the future into a complex cultural tapestry where everything seems simultaneously traditional and progressive. Human habitation in Japan stretches back to around 30,000BC and in that time, war, religion, hardship, nature, politics and of course people have helped to shape a landscape and national identity that is unlike any other in the world.
If you’re researching a trip to Japan, then you’ve probably read plenty about the tranquil parks and shrines of Kyoto, and the neon exuberance of Tokyo, but there’s more to the beauty of Japan than its capital cities. This week, we explore the beauty of four lesser known cities and towns that you can visit using the Japan Rail Pass.