JR East Hayabusa

JR East Hayabusa
  The E5 Hayabusa Shinkansen set is one of the newest in the JR system.  I departed Tokyo Station and rode a green car to Shin-Aomori Station. Distinctive green colorGran Class car JR East Hayabusa logo Ekiben (station box lunch) The toilets are amazing for being on a train Green car cabin

2011 Japan Earthquake Video

I was in Japan on 3/11/2011 at the Tesudo Hatsubutsukan (Omiya Train Museum) during the Tohoku Earthquake.  I was able to shoot video footage about 1 minute AFTER the shaking started. I added this video to youtube if the above one is not working.  You can view it here.

Modern Japanese Express Train

Modern Japanese Express Train
I was shooting pictures on the bridge at Uguisudani in Tokyo and snagged some nice shots of a yellow E653 set used for the Fresh Hitachi service on the JR Joban Line.  The cool thing about the Joban Line is that it is dual voltage with 1500V DC in the Tokyo area and 20,000V AC ...

Underground at Ueno-Hirokoji Station

Underground at Ueno-Hirokoji Station
People frequently ask me about navigating the trains and subways in Tokyo. It can be a daunting task. The important thing to do is to prepare properly. First, you should know the area you are interested in, you should know which train or subway lines are in the area and what the stations are called. ...

Delay on JR

Delay on JR
Day 10 Post Note: This is from a series of trip reports from my January 2010 Tokyo Trip. They are random musings about whatever seems interesting for that day. I was headed to Yokohama on day 10 to visit a friend. The following message popped up on the display. Chuo Line “Delay” due to “clearing ...

South Entrance/Exit at JR Shinjuku Station

South Entrance/Exit at JR Shinjuku Station
This post is about the south entrance/exit at JR Shinjuku Station in Tokyo. This is the entrance sometimes referred to as “Lumine 2″ This is looking directly east with your back facing the station. The bridge on the right side is Koshu Kaido. The exact location of these first two shots is here. This is ...

JR West Hikari Railstar Service

JR West Hikari Railstar Service
JR West Hikari Railstar trains do not have green cars.  But, the reserved coaches are quite comfortable a step up from other JR Shinkansen coach seating.  Additionally, non-reserved coach seating on Railstar trains is old and cramped so be sure to always get a reserved seat when using the Railstar.

JAL Safety Promotion Center 2

JAL Safety Promotion Center
JAL operates their Safety Promotion Center near Haneda Airport.  It is a solemn place, open to the public and by reservation only.  Photographs are prohibited but JAL maintains a webpage with some photos of what’s inside.

Japan Customs Warnings

Japan Customs Warnings
The  departure area at Narita airport has a nice display of contraband.  Genuine and counterfeit articles are displayed, prohibited items are also displayed.

JAL Executive Class Dinner (->USA)

JAL Executive Class Dinner (->USA)
The Japanese dinner offered in JAL Executive Class on flights leaving Japan is pretty good.  I starts out with eight courses of very delicious dishes followed up by an entree with rice and miso soup.