Ain't No Pain on the Blue Train

By popular demand, we have written up an all-new helpful guide for visiting Japan, to accompany our previous guides, the Japanese Concert Guide, and So You Want to Visit Japan to See Buck-Tick? Our new guide concerns that very hot and important topic, TRAIN TRAVEL. We can't cover everything, but we've covered the topics we get asked about most frequently by readers. If you're thinking of traveling to Japan this year to see Buck-Tick, or for any other reason, please read this guide before you email us for advice. We guarantee it contains the answers to most of your questions.

In particular, we'd like to call your attention to the sections on the Tokyo and Osaka metropolitan areas, since a lot of you seem to be confused about how far various concert venues are from various major cities. In brief: a lot of the Tokyo-area concert venues are not located in Tokyo proper, but in satellite cities such as Yokohama and Chiba. However, that doesn't mean it isn't very easy to get to those places while still staying at a hotel in Tokyo! Check out the guide for more info.

Edit: We added further info on JR Passes and savings, to clarify things for folks who are still confused. We also added a link to a site with lots of info on other train passes that exist in addition to the JR Pass.

And again, if you have any further suggestions for things you think we should add to any of our Japan travel guides, please leave your feedback in the comments. We're not a travel website, but we're aware that people who travel to Japan for concerts have specific needs and concerns, and we'd like to address those needs and concerns as best we can.

Once you've read the guide in full, please join us in singing along to this excellent song.


  1. Thank you so much for these guides!
    I won't be going for a while but I've been googling like a madman about how things work like the transit and everything :)

  2. Thank you so much for this! Severely helpful! I'd just assumed I would need the JR Pass for my trip but now that I'm better aware of its use and restrictions compared to the other options available and have read what you said about regular tickets and IC Cards, you've just helped me save a good deal of money I'm sure! Somehow, you've made getting around Japan seem so simple and doable for foreigner me, which lessens the anxiety!

    1. Hey anon! I just noticed that the Japan Guide website has made it even easier to figure out whether a full pass is worth it for you. They now have a calculator you can use with most major stations included.


    2. Hi Mawb, kind of you to let me know. Thank you!:) I will definitely be sure to use it~

      Cayce, the additional information you added was helpful! Thank you :)

  3. I'm glad you found it useful! If there's anything else you're confused about and think I should address, please let me know. Also, based on feedback, I added some more info on JR Passes and other train passes, so check it out if you're interested.

  4. Reading the whole guide now <3 (I'm going to need it a lot!)
    Thank you for that! Your dedication always impresses me <3


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