Japan By Rail: A Guide for First-Time Travelers with Simon Richmond

Japan By Rail: A Guide for First-Time Travelers with Simon Richmond


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The Japan Rail pass is just the ticket for first-time visitors who have their sights set on ticking off the country's highlights. It covers travel on all shinkansen (bullet train) services, except for the very fastest ones.

With over 30,500km of tracks, there are few places you cannot get to by train in Japan. The six companies of the Japan Railways (JR) group are the main players but there are scores more private operators. No matter who you travel with you can expect trains to be clean, punctual, speedy, and comfortable.

For the JR network, overseas visitors can buy several types of Japan Rail Passes which – if used to their full potential – can offer a big cost saving over purchasing individual tickets. This seminar, led by award-winning travel guidebook writer Simon Richmond, will bring you up to speed on the range of passes – from the full, country-wide Japan Rail Pass to the ones that are best for specific regions of Japan. Along the way, you’ll learn a little about Japan’s railway history and how the system functions today. Also covered will be some unique train routes and services not to be missed.

Led by Simon Richmond, the award-winning author of travel guidebooks including the Rough Guide to Japan and Lonely Planet Japan, this interactive seminar aims to answer most, if not all, of your Japan train travel queries. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away confident of a successful railway adventure in the land of the rising sun.

Simon Richmond is a UK-based freelance journalist and photographer with over 25 years of experience of researching and writing travel guidebooks and other non-fiction books. After living in Tokyo in the early 1990s he co-wrote The Rough Guide to Japan (which was named Guidebook of the Year in 2000) and The Rough Guide to Tokyo. He has since written and contributed to over 150 guidebooks, most of which have been published by Lonely Planet. A former resident of Sydney, Australia, and Boston, USA, the countries he has most frequently covered include Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, the UK, and the USA. 

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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