A fun way to travel into local Japan, find out the events, recommended spots and original tours produced by each railway, and make use of the free Wi-Fi.
The local railway services that criss-cross Japan might not have the speed of the shinkansen, but they travel to some of Japan's most interesting spots, often snaking around mountains and through scenic villages. Research the passes available to enable you to hop on and off the train as you please. Many lines have Sightseeing Service Centers at the terminal stations offering you information on things to do and see in the area, along with local and seasonal events. Sightseeing deals and discount tickets are often available. Certain trains have free Wi-Fi with multi-language instruction available for all its passengers. Many local railways have websites in English. Taking a scenic railway journey in Japan is a great way to explore the country.
Be aware that English signage is not as prominent in the local stations, and due to the designs of the platforms, they can sometimes be confusing and disorientating. If you have any questions, speak to one of the station staff.