TopRail is a UIC project. The purpose of TopRail is to enhance the visibility of railway tourism products and to encourage train and tourism opportunities by collaboration between stakeholders. If you are an operator, consider joining us.


Japan Railways Group, more commonly known as JR Group, consists of seven railway companies that took over most of the assets and operations of the government-owned Japanese National Railways on April 1, 1987. The JR Group lies at the heart of Japan’s railway network, operating a large proportion of intercity rail service (including the Shinkansen high-speed rail lines) and commuter rail service.

Tourist-oriented products

-New cruise trains -

JR East and JR West are preparing to begin operating new cruise trains.


TRAIN SUITE SHIKI-SHIMA will offer trips that give customers a variety of options for enjoying the abundant, beautiful countryside of Japan, its industries rooted in local communities, and its regional cultures that are still part of day-to-day life. JR East themed trains carry customers through a rich series of experiences and places in a manner unique to train travel.
JR East


West Japan has a wealth of regions offering traditional and unspoiled Japanese landscape: the rich history and culture of Kyoto, Matsue, Izumo and Miyajima, and the beautiful natural scenery of the Sea of Japan, Mt. Daisen, and the Seto Inland Sea islands. Discover the allure of beautiful Japan from the comfort of a car with the superior quality of a hotel. Breathtaking scenery, exquisite haute cuisine by top-class chefs, sophisticated cars, and charming sights along the route.

TWILIGHT EXPRESS MIZUKAZE promises you an exceptional train journey like no other.
JR West

Other tourist-oriented products

On conventional lines JR East operates:

TOHOKU EMOTION RESTAURANT TRAIN which began operating in October 2013 on the Hachinohe Line.

SL GINGA STEAM TRAIN, which began operating in April 2014 on the Kamaishi Line.

RESORT SHIRAKAMI, which began operating in 1997 on the the Gono Line.

As for Shinkansen lines (high speed), JR East operates:

TOREIYU TSUBASA SERVICE, which began operating in July 2014 on the Yamagata Shinkansen Line between Fukushima and Shinjo stations.

GENBI SHINKANSEN, which began operating on April 29, 2016, on the Joetsu Shinkansen Line between Echigo-Yuzawa and Niigata stations.

You will find special maps and more information here.

Special Cards