Trainline has gained a foothold in Asia in a partnership with JTB, one of the few Japan Rail appointed global wholesalers.

Customers will have access via the online rail ticket distributor to the Japan Rail pass, which enables travel on trains across the country with a single ticket and at a fixed price.

The pass is available to non-Japanese nationals residing outside Japan.

A standard Japan Rail pass or a Green pass for first class travel are available for periods between seven and 21 days.

The passes cover national travel on most Shinkansen high-speed bullet trains as well as regional trains, bus services operated by Japan Rail and some ferries.

Trainline International general manager Daniel Beutler said: “We’re committed to opening up every rail journey in the world and making international rail travel as simple and hassle-free as possible.

“Our partnership with JTB takes us one step closer to achieving this – our customers across Europe and beyond now have simple and cost-effective access to one of the best rail networks in the world.”

Clive Buckingham, Japanbound leisure manager at JTB, added: “The Japan Rail Pass is a very popular product for overseas visitor to Japan, providing great value for exploring the country by train.

“We are very pleased to work together with Trainline to expand the range of train passes they offer.”