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JNTO’s advisory page is regularly updated and includes information on measures implemented by the Japanese government to prevent the spread of infection, the current case numbers in Japan and links to other useful information. 


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.  

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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