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Narita Sky Access

Keisei Railway have announced the new name for their train running between Tokyo and Narita Airport. They are calling it "Narita Sky Access", similar to the JR run "Narita Express". In the past, the line was known as the Keisei…

Night View Cars

I took a test photo with my camera to see what could be achieved before heading down to the highway and catching some better scenery. Now that it the air is colder at night, the street lights seem to shine brighter and images are clear.…

Yokohama Picture Cards

A couple of weeks ago I went to Yokohama and took some photos of China Town, Yamashita Koen and Minato Mirai. When I was there, I found this great playing card set with sketch pictures of Yokohama. Forgot to show it at the time, so…

Nara Promotion

Next year, 2010, Nara will be celebrating 1300 years since it was the capital of Japan as 平城京 (Heijo-kyo). A number of events are scheduled throughout the year with special events from April. As part of the Nara tourist promotion…

Yokohama Mini Trip

The weather looked like rain today, but since I had been away from Japan for a while, I decided to get out and brave the coldish looking weather. It wasn't that bad and my quick trip to Yokahama was enjoyable. Here are a few snaps from…

Australia Trip

I have been in Australia for the last few days and enjoying the sun. Since getting ill before leaving Japan and going for a quick tenteki I have improved but am now having some further tests in hospital. Whilst in Australia I attended a…

Yamanote Line Zero Post

Down on the platform at Shinagawa Station you can find some interesting items to commemorate the zero kilomoter marker which shows the start of the Yamanote Line. You can see slightly faded in the above mark, where it says…

Meiji Jingu Walk

I took a walk up to Meiji Jingu on the weekend. As always, there were lots of other people around and cameras snapping everywhere, but the walk through the grounds is so quiet and peaceful you hardly notice. I didn't take many shots,…

Japan Taxi Timeout

Saw this wonderful scene at a station in Chiba. Looks like the 2 drivers are enjoying a game of Shogi (sort of Japanese Chess) whilst waiting for customers. The guy in the cab chooses to read a paper and keep cool. Not sure what the…

Narita Express E259

The new Narita Express train, NEX E259, is due to start service on Oct 1, 2009. When I got off the Yamanote train at Shinagawa station yesterday, I saw them practising the coupling of the train. When the train is in operation the two…

Galaxy Express 999

A steam train replicating the Ginga Tetsudo 999 (Galaxy Express 999) made a special run today in Shizuoka. With today being 2009/09/09, a once in a thousand years date, the train decorated as the 999 or Three Nine created by Leji…

Yamanote 100 Years

The Yamanote Line is currently celebrating 100 years since its naming. The original portion of the Yamanote Line was built in 1885 between Shinagawa and Akabane called the Shinagawa Line, passing through areas such as Tokyo station,…

Yamate Tunnel

On the way back from golf the other day, we drove through the Yamate Tunnel which currently runs from Ikebukuro through Shinjuku, and will eventually come out near Shibuya at Ohashi Junction.…

Shinkansen Cigarettes

Cigarette advertising around the world used to be more prominent. In Japan, cigarettes had an interesting tie-up with JR for Shinkansens and travel around Japan. Site Updates, Registration now Available I have been…

Ohashi Junction, Chuo-Kanjou-sen

Central Tokyo Highways are a great site, built high above the ground, winding past apartment and office windows through the over-developed city below. Despite a great subway and train system, roads are still an important part of…

Shinkansen Hotels

Summer time means holidays and with that comes Pokemon Shinkansens, Pokemon Yamanote Trains and plenty of rail travel for families. DIME Magazine this month, as well as taking a look at hit products that beat the recession, have a…

Railroad tracks

I took a trip to Yokohama yesterday. There are many places being redeveloped and the old railroad tracks and bridges and storage warehouses have been preserved as part of the new landscape in the Minato Mirai area. It is great to see…

JR Train Tea Found!

A while ago I wrote about the great tea drink product in the shape of the Yamanote Line. A lot of people asked me where they could buy it. Well, here it is on sale at Shinagawa Station inside the main concourse. If you enter the…

Pokemon Yamanote Train

Each year at summer, Nintendo and JR hold a stamp rally for the kids. The stamp rally requires the children to collect rubber stamp imprints for each section of the Pokemon card which they can collect at most JR stations in Tokyo.…

Ginza Weekend Walk

Ginza on a Sunday is one of the few places left to experience Hokousha-tengoku (歩行者天国), literally meaning 'pedestrians paradise', on a major Tokyo street area. There used to be a very popular one at Harajuku until some years ago when…

Shinkansen Cleaning

The trains in Japan always look clean, particularly the Shinkansen. At Tokyo station, the cleaners quickly board the incoming trains, perform a quick clean and have the train ready to go again. The cleaners have special rooms and…

Chiba Monorail

I visited a friend in Chiba and got the chance to ride the Chiba monorail recently. There are a few monorails in Japan, some that run above the tracks and some that hang underneath them. When you board the train you dont…

Pokemon Shinkansen

The Pokemon decorated Shinkansen series was started last year during the summer holiday season and became a popular success with families. I went down to Tokyo station to have a look at the trains. I was able to get into the station…

Rail Fans

Trains are always popular in Japan and there are many books and magazines available for rail fans to enjoy. Just recently a number of new magazines have come out with some great pictures of trains and Japan scenery. These…

Yukata, Kimono in Kyoto

The photos I took in Kyoto are going to take quite a bit of sorting out. Whilst I am still on the laptop and with the memory cards filling up quickly, I'll share a few of the photos as best I can over the next few days. Once I get back…

Kyoto, Walking

I came on a short trip to Kyoto, arriving last night having taken the shinkansen from Tokyo with family. It was raining when we arrived but eager to see the town we headed out and took a few snaps. These were taken in the rain with a…