Kakunodate in Semboku City, Akita, is a wonderful destination in any season. Now with the three-day JR East Welcome Rail Pass for travel around Tohoku, it’s the perfect time to plan a…

Due to Covid-19, inbound tourism has significantly decreased and there is no way to tell when restrictions will be lifted. In order to find new possibilities for traveling within Japan, JR EAST has decided to release the JR EAST Welcome Rail Pass 2020 and encourage foreign residents to use it to pay a visit to one (or more) of the six Tohoku prefectures. TW hosted six events at the JAPAN RAIL CAFE TOKYO inviting some Insider's Club members to discover the richness of Honshu's northern prefectures. The JR EAST Welcome Rail Pass 2020 is a special limited discount pass available only to foreign passport holders (regardless of visa status). It allows unlimited travel on most JR East trains in the areas of Tokyo, Tohoku, Nagano, and Niigata, including the Shinkansen, for three consecutive days. Each event introduced the food and cultural experience of each prefecture and welcomed five participants from various cultural backgrounds and experiences living in Japan. One participant said: “I knew about JAPAN RAIL CAFE for the first time. I never knew about the JR EAST Welcome Rail Pass 2020, nor about a place like this where you could gather travel information about Japan in English." The event provided foreign residents in Japan with a chance to experience the culture of Tohoku and share their day on social media while also becoming interesting in traveling the country by train. JAPAN RAIL CAFE TOKYO will continue to be used by foreign residents and visitors to Japan as a "base and touchpoint" for their travels. It will continue to provide opportunities for the future growth of domestic tourism in Japan.

A detour to Japan’s northeastern prefecture of Iwate is simply the travel experience that sends you on a path of self-discovery, stunning you silently with its dramatic coastline, castle towns, caldera lakes, vast…

Iwate, Japan’s second largest prefecture (after Hokkaido), was severely battered by the massive earthquake of March 11, 2011 and the tsunami that quickly followed. Fortunately, nature and humans are resilient. Iwate’s picturesque coastline…

As a foreigner living in Japan, some of the best travel deals are occasionally just out of our reach. While missing out on WiFi package deals and discounted meals can be a…

What makes Fukushima the perfect place for a sake brewery to thrive? Whether they stick with traditional methods or play with innovation, the brewers who base themselves in this vast Tohoku prefecture…

Many Tokyoites lament the lack of a real winter in the capital, being offered a light dusting for a day or two out of the year, usually around Coming of Age day in…

Said the late, great comedian Bill Hicks, “The world is like a ride in an amusement park… and the ride goes up and down and round and round.” This pompously profound soliloquy…

Canoeing doesn’t come up often in conversation. Thus my excitement was bubbling over as I sat in an Old Town fiberglass canoe in the middle of Lake Towada in Aomori Prefecture and…

As you go along the winding, meandering dirt road, a hint of sulphur begins wafting through your nose. Upon arrival, one finds no TV, no major electric appliances, no modern comfort at this…

Famous for its hearty food, energetic festivals and eccentric traditions, the region maintains a mysterious and difficult-to-access reputation – perfect for exploring by car. Based on her own journey, Denica Shute breaks…

When it was announced that a new stadium would be built in the quaint coastal town of Kamaishi in Iwate Prefecture to be used for the Rugby World Cup, locals from all…