Tuesday, 7 March 2017

On the right track: Japan railway trips soar

Japan has become one of the hottest railway destinations for visitors from Australia and New Zealand, Rail Plus has reported. 



As someone who recently caught several trains in Japan; fast, clean and efficient, that comes as no surprise. 

With numbers up by over 10% during winter (ski season) and Sakura (cherry blossom) season always popular, rail is an increasingly popular way to travel for visitors. 

Ingrid Kocijan, commercial director of Rail Plus, says while Japan's rail network has a solid reputation for being one of the world's safest and most punctual, increased accessibility in and around Japan also plays a large part in the steady growth in visitor numbers.

"Japan has always been a fascinating country for many Australian and New Zealand travellers thanks to the country's spectacular mix of culture, ancient traditions, cutting-edge technology, infrastructure, quirks and cuisine, among other interests," says Kocijan.



"With more affordable and frequent flight options made available complemented by lower rail travel costs, there is no doubt we'll continue to see the numbers grow in healthy double digits."

Kocijan says more travellers are appreciating and enjoying the bonuses and savings afforded by Japan Rail Passes. They include free seat reservations, outstanding on-board services and facilities, the free use of certain bus lines, ferries and airport trains, as well as free entry to popular attractions such as Tokyo Tower, Mt Fuji and Himeji Castle among many others.

Rail Plus currently offers the lowest prices for Japan Rail Passes in Australia and New Zealand, with the 7-day consecutive pass starting at $178 for children under 11 and $355 for adults. Passes are valid for non-Japanese
residents and must be obtained before travelling to Japan.

For details see Rail Plus: www.railplus.com.au



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