One of my guilty pleasures (and if you want me on Twitter) is that I enjoy the NHK World show “Japan Railway Journal“.
This weeks Japan Railway Journal (which on Video on Demand) is one about getting from two of the major gateways to Japan:
- Narita International Airport to Tokyo (featuring JR East’s N’EX and Keisai Skyliner)
- Kansai International Airport to Osaka and beyond (featuring JR West’s Hakura and Nankai Electric Railway’s Rapi:t )
Or as they title it:
If you’ve never been to Japan before and end up at Kansai or Narita – it can be confusing which to choose and how to travel on them. This show covers the different options – and in the case of the Narita Airport segment, it also covers the Japan Rail Pass and Skyliner discount tickets that are offered.
If you don’t have NHK World at home – don’t worry – they have a reasonable Video-On-Demand service too which you can catch up on programmes for a week or two.
The episode you want is at https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/vod/japanrailway/2049035/
Whilst it is light-touch and doesn’t look at other lower speed/cheaper options that some rail companies offer, it’s a good introduction to how get the train from Narita to Tokyo, or from Kansai to Osaka, before going on to explore the rest of Japan.
Or to quote the show “Take a look”!
When I travelled back to Narita – I took the Narita Express (primarily because I was using my Japan Rail Pass). You can find out about my experiences of it in the Green Car here.
And do shows like this want to make head back to Japan?
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