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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Japan attracting avid rail travellers


Rail Plus has reported that Japan is one of the hottest destinations for rail travellers from Australia and New Zealand.

Already recording a 10% YOY increase in sales this year, the rail provider claims the busiest period for Japan rail travel is between December and April during the winter months and Sakura (Cherry Blossom) season.

Commercial Director of Rail Plus, Ingrid Kocijan, says while Japan's rail network has a solid reputation of being one of the world's safest and most punctual, naturally becoming an essential experience to any visit to the country, increased accessibility to and around Japan also plays a large part in the steady growth in visitor numbers.

"Japan has always been a fascinating country for many Australian and New Zealand travellers thanks to the country's spectacular mix of culture, ancient traditions, cutting-edge technology, infrastructure, quirks and
cuisine among other interests," says Kocijan.

"With more affordable and frequent flight options made available complemented by lower rail travel costs, there is no doubt we'll continue to see the numbers grow in healthy double digits."

According to Kocijan, more and more travellers are also appreciating and enjoying the bonuses and savings afforded by Japan Rail Passes. They include free seat reservations, outstanding on-board services and facilities, the free use of certain bus lines, ferries and airport trains, as well as free entry to popular attractions such as Tokyo Tower, Mt Fuji and Himeji Castle among many others.

Rail Plus currently offers the lowest prices for Japan Rail Passes in Australia and New Zealand, with the 7-day consecutive pass starting at $178 for children under 11 and $355 for adults. Passes are valid for non-Japanese
residents and must be obtained before travelling to Japan.
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