Tokyu Stay Nihombashi

Tokyu Stay Nihombashi
The Tokyu Stay in Nihombashi is actually convenient to JR Kanda Station in addition to being very convenient to JR Shin-Nihombashi Station, too.  The first three pictures are of the hotel facade.  The last ten pictures are of the Nihombashi-Kanda area as you walk towards JR Kanda Station.

Royal Park Hotel Yokohama 8

Royal Park Hotel Yokohama
Probably the nicest hotel in Yokohama, the Royal Park is highly underrated, mainly because of the remote location and lack of growth in the Minato-Mirai 21 area. I really like the RP because of the quality of the rooms, the views and the service.

Fresh Wasabi 2

Fresh Wasabi
Most people have not seen fresh wasabi.  It costs about US$21/lb wholesale so it’s not cheap.   Here is a picture of some at the wholesale market in Tsukiji.

The Old Tokyo Station Hotel

The Old Tokyo Station Hotel
The Tokyo Station hotel closed a few years ago for remodeling of the Marunouchi side of the station.  I dug out some old pictures I had when I stayed there shortly before they closed.

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.

Himeji Castle Interior

Himeji Castle Interior
Here are some shots of the inside of Himeji Castle. If you have big feet the stairs may be a little dicey. I had trouble coming down because the backs of my calves were always getting impacted with the riser I was coming of off.

Station Maps

Station Maps
Every train and subway station has large local neighborhood maps near the exit portals.  In most areas in or near medium and large cities the maps are bilingual and very easy to read.  Here is an example of those maps.  In large station complexes these are very useful for determining which exit to use.

Excellent Lens Filter Comparison

I found an article about lens filters that actually has a ranking based on multiple factors.  The article is quite detailed and I used the rankings to upgrade my UV filters for my lenses.  My current gear list has all of my glass listed in detail with reviews of each lens.  I decided that this ...

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.