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Kyoto Station View

Looking back down towards Kyoto Station from the main road You can see another photo I took from inside the station here, or the view from the top of Kyoto Tower at sunset here.

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.

Shibuya Station

These HDR picture were taken over a year ago when I first bought my Nikon camera. I took the picture in RAW and remember being disappointed that the picture was dark. I had expected to see a beautiful looking photo with the new…

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.…

Shinagwa Station

I have been following the progress of Shinagawa Station in installing some new advertising boards. With a crowded walk area all day long, they have installed 44 large size 50 inch monitors to show ads to passers by.…

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.…

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…

meiji chocosk

Saw this great form of advertising at Tokyo Station for meiji chocolate. The whole kiosk is wrapped up in meiji milk chocolate brand with the back of the kiosk explaining some of the history of meiji chocolate back from 1926.…

Doll Festival

I was at Ryogoku Station, where the Sumo is held in Tokyo, to visit the offices of a friendly bear company yesterday, and on the way back spotted this display of Hina Ningyo that had been set up by the Ryogoku Station staff. There is…

Japan Snow Train

Just got back from my one night trip to Yokote where they were holding the annual Kamakura and Bonden festival. The weather was sunny and warm, although this was snow country. I have many photos to show of the festival, some at night and…

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…

Shinagawa Ecute Anniversary

The ecute shopping complex inside Shinagawa Station is currently celebrating its 4th Anniversary. The complex has a nice mix of shops for people who are waiting to board Shinkansen trains. There are bentos, cakes and gifts to be bought…

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.…

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…

Shibuya Station Live

Around the railway stations at night in Japan, you often see the live street performers take up a position and play for the crowd. Some of these performers are quite good. You are supposed to get permission from the Police before…

Shibuya Streets Vol. 2

It's been a while since we have had a Shibuya Streets series. The weekends are always busy with foot traffic and with a spare hour, I took a walk out to test my a new camera. Some of the shots I was very pleased with, others got to test…

Old Shibuya Photos

The area around Shibuya station is well known to the millions of people who flow through the train station. What is not so well known by all those people is how the area used to look just 50 years ago. There is a photo exhibition on…

Railway Construction

There has been a lot of railway construction going on recently around Shibuya station. The Fukutoshin (副都心線) line construction was completed between Wako and Shibuya linking through Ikebukuro (池袋) and Shinjuku san-chome (新宿三丁目). The…

Elevator Manners

It is always good to see workers of large corporations taking the initiative themselves. It looks like at Shibuya station, they decided there was a need for a sign in the elevator and they had to make one themselves. Although it…

Shibuya afternoon

Great weather today and the crowds were out in Shibuya. As well as the many couples, tourists and others, the Hot Pepper mascot was out and about encouraging people to take a copy of the free restaurant guide. There are many popular…

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…

What’s GREE?

As you can see by these photos, there is a big advertising campaign at Shibuya station for the service called GREE. It is a Japanese based social networking site that allows online users to share information, games and to look after…