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COVID-19 Health & Safety Information

The Coronavirus travel restrictions page is updated regularly in line with the official information provided by the Government of Japan. 

 

COVID-19: New Normal Travel in Japan is an information page built to help travellers plan a safe trip around Japan when the borders open again in the future.  

 

See specific measures taken by Japanese organisations below.

 

Railway Companies

 

Japan has an expansive railway network that is owned and operated by many companies. Japan Railways (JR) is the most well-known thanks to the popular JR Pass and high-speed shinkansen (bullet trains). Its vast and elaborate network can be a bit daunting to navigate at first - it's actually operated by six separate companies: JR Hokkaido, JR East, JR Central, JR West, JR Shikoku, JR Kyushu.

In particular, please note the popular Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen (Tokyo to Hakata) is run by both JR Central and JR West – JR Central operates the section from Tokyo to Osaka, and JR West operates the section from Osaka and Hakata. 

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