"Since Japan is a series of..." Japan Transportation Tip by CubsIn4
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Since Japan is a series of islands, pretty much the only way to get there is to fly. Watch out-it's one of the world's most expensive destinations! The plane ticket alone can be more expensive than an entire trip to Europe or Latin America. Still, it's well worth the extra cash.
The only practical way for international tourists to get around is via the extensive train network. When I was there in 1998 I was able to get a two-week JapanRail pass for a very reasonable price; this allowed me to travel on most routes for an unlimited amount of time. The Shinkansen is a very reliable way to get between major cities, and from there you can usually take commuter trains to smaller towns. The Shinkansen was covered in my JR pass, but as that was three years ago I'd suggest you check with a travel agent to be sure.
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