Japan Rail Route Templates

Not sure where to go on your rail trip around Japan? Get your plan started with our customisable route templates.

These routes aim to inspire your travel around Japan – you should research your trip thoroughly in addition to using these templates. Some of the routes are quite fast-paced so edit your journey to make sure it has the intensity of travel you would like.

1. Classic Cities

A simple & concise route through the key Japanese cities people tend to visit.

Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Tokyo
1-2 weeks

2. Classic Cities with Detours

Building on the route above, this template encourages exploration of the other amazing places along the journey.

Tokyo, Nikko, Hakone, Kyoto, Himeji, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Osaka, Nara, Tokyo
2-3 weeks

3. Osaka, Kyoto & Surrounding Area

This brief trip focuses on Osaka, Kyoto and the awesome places nearby. See deer & temples in Nara, visit Japan’s best castle in Himeji, and eat steak in Kobe!

Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Himeji, Kobe, Osaka
1 week

4. Tokyo & Surrounding Area

You can still have a fantastic time in Japan without going much further than Tokyo – this route focuses on Tokyo and places nearby.

Tokyo, Nikko, Yokohama, Kamakura, Hakone, Tokyo
1-2 weeks

5. Japanese Alps Loop

This route arcs through the beautiful towns in the Japanese Alps. Before heading back to Tokyo, there’s a stop-off in Hakone to conclude your journey with stunning views of Mt Fuji. The perfect trip for mountain-lovers!

Tokyo, Nikko, Nagano, Matsumoto, Kanazawa, Hida, Takayama, Nagoya, Hakone, Tokyo
2 weeks

6. Cultural Experience

This trip tries to capture some of the best cultural spots in Japan. Visit famous temples in Nara, Kyoto and Miyajima; learn about the history of Hiroshima; and be amazed by the famous art islands of Naoshima & Teshima.

Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Okayama, Naoshima/Teshima, Osaka
1 week