Osaka Castle Visit

Osaka Castle Visit
Day 7 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. On Day 7 I visited Osaka Castle. I didn’t pay to go up to the top because I was told it’s a concrete replica and not ...

Kagoshima and Sakurajima

Kagoshima and Sakurajima
Day 6 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. On day 6 I visited Kagoshima. The goal was to ride the Kyushu Shinkansen and to see Sakurajima. The day was a little hazy so the ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Takkyubin (Door-to-Door Courier Service) 2

Takkyubin (Door-to-Door Courier Service)
Everyone talks about using takkyubin and luggage forwarding.  It’s pretty straightforward to do this at the airport counter or from a hotel when the bell desk takes care of it for you, but most non-Japanese speaking people are probably intimidated by walking into a Yamato (Kuro-Neko/Black-Cat) depot with suitcases to be forwarded to your next ...