March Issue

Photo: What's New
  • What’s New
  • Kyushu Shinkansen Line to Be Fully Extended
  • The Kyushu Shinkansen will be extended from Hakata Station (Fukuoka Prefecture) to its final destination of Kagoshima-Chuo Station on March 12. This newest link will cut travel time between Hakata and Kagoshima to one hour and 19 minutes aboard the fastest trains. read more
Photo: Trends in Focus
  • Trends in Focus
  • Enjoying the World of Japanese Train Travel
  • Japan’s railways are reputed to be the world’s safest and most punctual. Travel by rail is an essential component to any trip in Japan. But going by rail isn’t simply safe and convenient; many of the trains and stations in the rail network have unique features too. read more
Photo: Japan Insight
Photo: Cool Japan
  • Cool Japan
  • Sakura Coming Soon...Enjoy Sakura Sweets Too!
  • A special feature every spring is the arrival of the sakura—flowering cherry blossoms. Starting in the south, the blooms usually appear in Kyushu, Shikoku and other warm areas in mid-March, and just like a weather front, the sakura front moves northward until the last of the sakura bloom in Hokkaido in early May.read more