Mount Fuji from the Shinkansen
Japan is famous for it’s high-speed bullet trains and a special term has been coined in the Japanese language to describe those who are pleasantly obsessed with rail travel – densha otaku, literally translated “train nerd.”
If using your Japan Rail Pass to travel around the country, why not include some scenic views in your itinerary? There’s no better way to enhance the value of your travels than to make the journey, and not just the destination, part of the fun!
Most of the scenic trains accept the JR Pass for all or part of the journey, and all of those trains offer a spectacular view.
The Tokaido Shinkansen line operates between Tokyo and Kyoto, and right from your seat, you’ll be treated to the famous bullet train side view of Mount Fuji. Plan your seating according to your destination for the best viewing: If you’re headed south to Nagoya or Kyoto, the mountain will appear to the right of the train; if headed north to Tokyo, the left. Access to the Tokaido Shinkansen line is completely covered by the JR Pass.