Railbookers is introducing a new selection of train vacations to Japan. From the ultramodern skyscrapers of Tokyo to the temples, cherry blossoms (March to May) and historic geisha district in Kyoto to Hiroshima’s historic sights and thriving food scene, these train vacations offer a variety of experiences. Railbookers’ three new itineraries include The Golden Route of Japan, Scenic Japan, and Best of Japan.
“Ask anyone who’s visited Japan, and they’ll tell you: It’s one of the most amazing places they’ve traveled to—and it’s not hard to see why,” says John Vavrina, Railbookers’ vice president of sales. “Railbookers has the ability to move quickly and meet demand where it’s strongest. These new itineraries provide authentic, immersive experiences in the most-sought after cities in Japan, and our customization options give travelers a greater degree of flexibility for independent exploration.”
These trips give travelers the opportunity to explore in and around these major cities but in many of the outlying regions as well. They can sample seafood and centuries-old artisan traditions in Kanazawa, experience the forested landscapes of the Japan Alps and learn how to make soba noodles by hand in Matsumoto, discover ancient shrines in Takayama, see the Great Buddha in Nara, and marvel at breathtaking views of majestic Mt. Fuji in Hakone.
Japan is one of the world’s fastest growing destinations for travelers. This year, it will also be hosting the Rugby World Cup, and hot on its heels is the summer Olympics in 2020. The country also is on nearly every “hot destinations” list for 2019-2020. According to the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), more than 30 million overseas travelers visited Japan in 2018, an all-time record, with an 8.7 percent increase over 2017. Visitors from the U.S. soared 11 percent.
The country’s star attractions can be visited year-round, and the train journeys are on the famed Shinkansen bullet train, Limited Express “Wide View Hida” (most scenic route offering panoramic views of the countryside), and the Romancecar.
These new itineraries from Railbookers offer immersive experiences that are truly memorable. With the ability to customize each itinerary, travelers can make their train vacation their own. The best time to visit depends entirely on what travelers want to experience when they arrive.