An American-made steam engine from 1880 that was imported for service in Hokkaido, northern Japan. Train travel is still a big part of Japanese culture 150 years after it began. Photo: Peter Neville-Hadley
An American-made steam engine from 1880 that was imported for service in Hokkaido, northern Japan. Train travel is still a big part of Japanese culture 150 years after it began. Photo: Peter Neville-Hadley
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After 150 years of rail travel it’s still at the heart of Japanese culture – and worth the trip to Japan to see

  • A high-speed bullet train network and a web of scenic but lightly used rural lines criss-cross Japan, 150 years after service began between Tokyo and Yokohama
  • To see some of that history – celebrated in woodblock prints and hotel rooms with train simulators – head to Saitama’s railway museum, or simply take a ride

An American-made steam engine from 1880 that was imported for service in Hokkaido, northern Japan. Train travel is still a big part of Japanese culture 150 years after it began. Photo: Peter Neville-Hadley
An American-made steam engine from 1880 that was imported for service in Hokkaido, northern Japan. Train travel is still a big part of Japanese culture 150 years after it began. Photo: Peter Neville-Hadley
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