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Tokyo Station Shinkansen

I have been traveling a bit for work recently. It is always nice to arrive at the station for your train and to have it leave exactly on time. It is even nicer to have a bento and hot tea once the journey gets underway.

Shinjuku Station

Shinjuku Station is said to be the busiest train station in the world with close to 4 million passengers a day passing through. I was one of those millions passing through this week on my way to some meetings. The amazing part about the…

Kyoto Station

With such a great train culture, there are also some interesting stations to visit in Japan. Tokyo Station still has some of the red brick buildings left, but here at Kyoto Station, you can see modern Japanese breezy station…

Japanese Railway Stations

I was out in Chiba today to play golf and passed this small railway station servicing a local line. There are many of these old wooden stations around Japan, mostly in the country areas. They look tiny compared with a Shibuya or Shinjuku…

Nagoya Station

I visited Nagoya a while ago and traveled to Ise Jingu on the train. My stay in Nagoya was short so I only managed to take a few photos around the Station before getting on the train.…

Gachapin campaign for TWR

The TWR, Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit Line, is celebrating its 500,000,000th passenger, which rates it right up there with Facebook ! Not sure whether Facebook are having similar celebrations, but I bet they didn't invite…

Yamanote Line automatic doors

The Yamanote Line auto doors are due to start operation soon. I wrote a few weeks ago about the electronic doors being installed at Ebisu and Meguro. This is an update showing the door panels now in place at Ebisu station.…

Yamanote Line Automatic gates

The Yamanote Line is going to have automatic gates installed on all its platforms over the next few years in an attempt to prevent passengers falling on the rails and delaying services. The installation of the gates will be done in…

Akita Shinkansen

From my recent trip to Yokote in Akita ken, I took some photos of the Akita Shinkansen leaving from Tokyo Station and arriving in at Yokote. The change over time at Oomagari was only 5 minutes and I boarded the train just as the door shut…

Japan Sunset

On the way back from IKEA to buy a bookcase for my room, I took these photos from the window of the JR Keiyo Line as it sped its way towards Tokyo back from Chiba. These were all taken near the Kasai Rinkai Koen area which is one…

JR Suica Ticket Machine

JR are changing over some of their ticket machines to this new version. At Shinagawa Station, the staff were putting up posters and showing people how to use the machines on the weekend. Looks like JR is pushing ahead with the…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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.…

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…