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Unlimited japan rail travel with a Japan Rail Pass
Unlimited japan rail travel with a Japan Rail Pass

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So excited to share our new interactive Japan Rail Pass Map: http://www.jrpass.com/map ! Explore over 4000 JR stations and 23,000km of JR track all valid for the Japan Rail Pass. We're still in Beta, but would love to hear what you think! :)
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March 16th marks the arrival of the new E6 Super Komachi Akita shinkansen! We adore this beautiful bullet, with design by ex-Pininfarina designer Ken Okuyama, who was also the lead designer of the Ferrari Enzo and Porsche 911, and has a top speed of 320kph. 

A replacement for the current Komachi service, this shinkansen is expected to be usable by Japan Rail Pass holders when it comes into service. 

Photos by Eiichi Kimura
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Super-Komachi E6 Shinkansen
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The first in a series of new posts by our guest writer Daniel, we dive into the latest mobile apps to help you make the most out of your trip to Japan with a Japan Rail Pass!

http://www.jrpass.com/blogs/mobile-apps-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-japan-rail-pass
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I love this shot we took of a 16 carriage 700 series bullet train at Okayama station. This bullet carries over 1300 passengers at speeds of up to 300 km/h. If you look below it, you can see a cute little yellow 3 carriage local train for comparison - bullet trains are real giants of rail!
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If you're in Tokyo with a JR Pass and feel like a ski/snowboard day trip on world renowned Japanese snow, we highly recommend Gala-Yuzawa: Ski resort in the Japan alps with it's own Bullet Train terminal! At 1.5hrs from Tokyo station by bullet it couldn't be any easier - you can even rent everything you need (gear, clothing, ski/boards etc) when you arrive for a full day on the slopes. 

Read more: http://www.jrpass.com/blogs/ski-and-snowboard-from-tokyo-with-the-jr-pass
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Wow. It's not often that I'm moved by a vimeo video, but this ode to Japan is a touching and beautiful way to end the week.

http://vimeo.com/56570645#at=1
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Lovely introductory post from @WanderingSouldier about the Japan Rail Pass http://wanderingsouldier.com/2012/11/23/how-to-obtain-a-japan-rail-pass/. Great photos too!
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The new 2012/13 Japan Rail Pass!
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