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Japanese trains are known for their efficiency and immaculate cleanliness, but there are other reasons people enjoy riding the rails here. From Tokyo all the way down to southern Kyushu, you'll find special themed trains designed to look like Hello Kitty or Pikachu, along with plenty of old-school steam trains and luxury locomotives running at certain times of year.
Best of all, these novelty trains take you to some of Japan's most scenic locations – so don't forget to look out the window. Here are some of our favourite Japanese trains to brighten up your next big railway adventure.
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