Carissa loves tea, alpine scenery, nature and trains! She has visited all 47 prefectures of Japan, but can always find more places to visit (and revisit). Someday she will ride all the Joyful Trains in Japan.
Julia loves animals, gardening, tea and of course, exploring Japan. She hopes to one day achieve her dream of travelling from Kyushu, all the way up to Hokkaido!
Nazrul can't get enough of collecting books, solo-travelling around the world, working out at the gym, disturbing cats, and exploring food (i.e. ramen, almost always).
Sue's 5Cs are cats, cameras, cheesecakes, chocolate, and chamomile tea. Ask her about how the TOKYO WIDE PASS saved her life (and wallet).
Wyncy loves a good read and a bad pun – especially bilingual ones, for they make miso mochi-vated every morning.
A cosplayer with a passion for costume-making, Yosuke has graced multiple anime and cosplay events regionally, as well as collaborated with local and international brands such as EZ-Link, UNIQLO Singapore, Domino's Malaysia, and the Singapore Police Force.
Ananda is a 29-year-old Singaporean currently living in Hitachi, Ibaraki. Hardly a stranger to the land of the rising sun, he has travelled extensively around the entire country since 2012 and lived in Okinawa for two years. He especially loves exploring the Japanese countryside and has done so in a myriad of ways: by rail, scooter, and by hitchhiking.
Celia loves thrift shopping and anything weird. Ask her about any one of her passions and she probably won’t be able to stop talking.
Tokyo-based freelancer working across a variety of creative fields and industries. Outside of work, Erik enjoys exploring Tokyo's rich culinary scene and thriving arts communities.
Eugene Lee teaches at several universities and, while quite serious at his day job, he is secretly happy to follow the consume-until-you-drop philosophy of Osaka. Objects of his affection include delicious food, fine beverages and interesting banter.
Currently a CIR repping it up in Kagoshima Prefecture. His friends call him "Chahan". Maybe just one friend.
A former Travel Communicator at JAPAN RAIL CAFE, and with 19 prefectures under his name, John’s conquest of Japan is far from over. Outside of exploring Japan, he takes joy in sharing his personal experiences.
Born and raised in Colorado, Josh has lived in Osaka, Japan for the past 15 years. He enjoys hiking and traveling around Japan, and his interests include backpacking, bouldering, craft beer, and anything related to the outdoors.
JR East Hotels
The friendly concierge team from JR East Hotels, at your service! We're here to provide up-to-date information about places of interest within the JR East Hotels vicinity.
JR East Nagano Branch
Hello from Nagano—the almost-centre of Japan! The four seasons of Nagano have stark contrasts from one another compared to other prefectures. We are engaged in train operations, feeling the richness of nature in each season. We want to rediscover the charm of Nagano and share information that is real and full of love for our home district.
Hokkaido has breathtaking sceneries, great food like fresh seafood, and many more! Enjoy magnificent natural landscape and feel relaxed while taking a train trip. JR Hokkaido will take you on railway travel journeys for different seasons.
JR Times Global Community
We are a group of writers, freelancers, teachers, professionals, each with our own stories to tell. Join our international community of explorers who are united by our passion for Japan travel!
Originally from Georgia, USA, Julien has spent almost all his adult life in Japan as well as in Taiwan. When not writing, he makes beer for a craft brewery in Tokyo and enjoys traveling and the great outdoors.
Having been connected to the language for almost twenty years, Kevin dreams of going back to Japan one day, after spending several years there as a student. His hobbies include travelling via train and looking at the scenery out of the train windows, and his favourite lines include the JR Gonō Line and Sanriku Railway Rias Line.
Man Chong from JTB Rail Pass Counter
Man Chong has an unhealthy obsession with food, especially Japanese food and will climb the highest mountains and dive the deepest seas to taste the cuisine at its source.