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Snow on Mt Fuji

Always nice to catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji when traveling on the Shinkansen. Everyone on the left side of the train had their cameras and phones pointed at the window. I didn't want to be left out so here is my iPhone snap

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.

Kyushu Shinkansen CM

This CM came out a while ago, but its really nice to see this compilation showing names of places in Tohoku, as a genki call to them to recover from a tough year. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOARTjKjw_4?rel=0&w=853&h=480]…

Japan Trains

Japan has some great trains. Living in Tokyo and traveling on the Yamanote Line everyday it is easy to forgot how good they are. When on the train today I heard some people from out of town talking about how beautiful the trains in Tokyo…

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…

Brio, Shinkansen

Are you a fan of the Brio trains and track? I always associated Brio with the Thomas Tank Engine trains. But was most interested to find out that you can also buy the Brio brand Bullet Train, Shinkansen on Amazon Japan.

Giveaway Contest Results

We have a number of winners for the recent K-ON, Rilakkuma giveaway contest. It has taken me a while to go through the list and figure out who won each of the prizes. The giveaway contest was in 2 parts. The main prize was for…

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 iPhone case

Great idea here for a novel product. A Shinkansen Zero case for the iPhone or iTouch. They also had some versions of this for Chuo Line and I think Keihin Tohoku Line. I couldn't see any for the Yamanote Line on display.…

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…

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…

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…

E5 Shinkansen + Quiz answers

The first media test run of the new E5 Shinkansen was on the 17th June, 2009. The Sankei Newspaper had some good photos you can see. Click on the arrow buttons to see the rest of the photos on their site. The E5 Series Shinkansen…

Japan Railways

While out the other day at Ikspiari, Maihama, next to DisneyLand, I found a store that specialized in model railway parts, bus models and generally all types of accessories connected with JR Railways. Amongst the items I…