100-yen Shop in Akihabara

100-yen Shop in Akihabara
Day 13 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 13, my getaway day, I left my bags at Keisei Nippori and headed to Akihabara for lunch and some final omiyage (souvenir) shopping. In ...

Mountain Climbers in Yamanashi

Mountain Climbers in Yamanashi
Day 12 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 12 I went to the family compound in Torisawa which is near Otsuki in Yamanashi Prefecture. Torisawa Station on the Chuo Line is a ...

Tonkatsu at Sueyoshi

Tonkatsu at Sueyoshi
Day 11 PostNote: 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. Seems like an annual event now but on day 11 I went to Akasaka to visit my second favorite tonkatsu restaurant in the world (Katsuretsu-an being my ...

Deer at Nara Park

Deer at Nara Park
Day 8 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 8 I made a side trip to Nara.  This entry focuses on the deer.  The Todaiji and the Buddha is pretty spectactular but the ...

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.