Japan's four major islands, Honshu, Hokkaido , Kyushu and Shikoku , are covered by an extensive and reliable network of railways. Trains are a very convenient way for visitors to travel around Japan, especially in conjunction with the Japan Rail Pass. About 70 percent of Japan's railway network is owned and operated by the Japan Railways JR , while the remaining 30 percent belongs to dozens of other private railway companies, especially in and around metropolitan areas. Elsewhere on the site are pages on how to ride trains , shinkansen , tickets and timetables. Together they operate a nationwide network of urban, regional and interregional train lines and the shinkansen bullet trains.
This is no exaggeration: Japan has one of the best rail transportation networks in the world. Compared to many countries, Japan boasts rail travel that is remarkably efficient, punctual, reliable, clean and in many cases cost-efficient. Riding the Shinkansen is both a breeze and a marvel of operational efficiency. Before you ride the rails in Japan, a little preparation will go a long way to making your trip as smooth as possible.
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The JR Group lies at the heart of Japan's railway network, operating a large proportion of intercity rail service including the Shinkansen high-speed rail lines and commuter rail service. Maps almost always denoted JR and private railways differently, as does JR itself. The group consists of seven operating companies and two other companies that do not provide rail service.