Monthly Archives: March 2012

Japan rail network added to rome2rio

We are continuing to work hard at adding more train, bus and ferry routes across the globe to rome2rio. This week’s addition is a big one – the entire rail network of Japan has been added to the site.

Japan boasts an extensive train system. The high-speed shinkansen bullet train runs the length of much of the country, travelling at speeds of over 200 km/h. A further network of Japan Railways train lines crisscross the islands. Many Japanese cities also have subway, streetcar and monorail networks.

The following map illustrates the main train lines of Japan:

R2r-japan

All this makes getting around Japan as a tourist a breeze. In less than 6 hours you can travel from Tokyo down to Fukuoka, stopping at destinations such as Kyoto, Okayama, Hiroshima and Himeji along the way. The Japan Rail Pass, which must be purchased by travellers before entering the country, also helps make train travel in Japan economical. 

R2r-train-driver

When displaying a rail route, rome2rio provides a link to the excellent Hyperdia website for train schedules.

Its also well worth reading Jose’s Japan Tips before you embark for Japan. We thank Jose for helping us test the site before this release. Thanks to him, we found and fixed several bugs that caused incorrect trains changes to be shown around Tokyo. As always, if you find something that should be fixed, please send us some feedback. We’re eager to make rome2rio the best site to discover how to get anywhere!

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Rome2rio is now available in German

Today we launched the first non-English version of rome2rio. Thanks to the efforts of rome2rio fans Markus Teuber and Bodo von Billerbeck, we have translated the site for German speaking users:

R2r-german

If you’d like to try the site out in German, select Deutsch from the top rail:

R2r-germany2

Until now, the majority of visitors to rome2rio have been from English speaking countries such as Australia, India, the UK and the USA. We’d love to see more Europeans using rome2rio, so we decided to work on translating the site.

We hope to launch French and Spanish versions of rome2rio next – if you speak either language and would like to help with the translation effort, please send an email to us at feedback(at)rome2rio.com