JR Sakura Lounge Shower at Narita

JR Sakura Lounge Shower at Narita
The Sakura Lounge at Narita is quite vast and well-stocked.  They have first-class shower facilities which are available on a first-come-first-served basis.  If I’m not flying business class I use the day room facilities to take a shower prior to boarding but the facilities in the Sakura Lounge are second-to-none.

JR Tickets at Narita Terminal 2

JR Tickets at Narita Terminal 2
You can buy JR (or Keisei) tickets in the arrivals lobby or go down one level to the platforms and use the JR Travel Center (first picture) or the ticket window (second picture).

Mt. Fuji Pictures at 270 km/h

Mt. Fuji Pictures at 270 km/h
I was heading to Osaka in January 2009 on a beautiful clear day and took these pictures of Mt. Fuji.  It was truly fortunate to be traveling on such a clear day.

Formula One Car at Toyota Amlux

Formula One Car at Toyota Amlux
I reserved a separate blog entry and gallery for the Formula One Car at Amlux in 2009.  It is a work of art, a masterpiece of engineering.  Here is the gallery.

Aizu-Wakamatsu Webcam 4

Aizu-Wakamatsu Webcam
The webcam located at JR Aizu-Wakamatsu Station is probably one of the most impressive examples of the Internet technology known as streaming video.  I had a spare morning and one last day on my JR Pass so I decided to go check out this camera.  My photos are in my gallery now.

Tetsudo Hakubutsukan (Saitama Railroad Museum)

Tetsudo Hakubutsukan (Saitama Railroad Museum)
I visited the Saitama Tetsudo Hakubutsukan in January.  It is a fantastic place for anyone who likes trains.  I recommend going on a weekday because it gets very crowded on weekends. 

Homes in Koyasu 2

Homes in Koyasu
These pictures are from an old article I posted on the original sotobori.com website.  These homes are sandwiched between the Keikyu and JR tracks in Koyasu.

Homes Under Keio Line Tracks

Homes Under Keio Line Tracks
There are some homes adjacent to Keio Takao Station that are built directly under the Keio Line railroad tracks.  These homes absorb quite a bit or rumble and shaking when a train passes overhead.  This is a truly stunning example of how precious land can be in Tokyo.

Women Only Train Cars

Women Only Train Cars
A friend of mine asked me the other day about Women Only cars on trains in Japan.  He found it to be quite unbelievable and  surprising given his preconceived notions of the behavior of Japanese people.  I told him I would dig up some pictures to show him.  These are from the Tokyo-bound Chuo Line ...

Narita Airport Train or Limo Bus? – The Great Debate 1

In the Tokyo TripAdvisor forums there is a great amount of debate on both sides of this issue.  The pros and cons of each method are relevant and sometimes even profound.  I’ll try to discuss them here and let you decide which one is best for your particular requirements. Disclaimer:  in Japan, the author prefers ...