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 ...

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.

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.

The Real Hachiko 45

The Real Hachiko
Many people have seen the statue of Hachiko in Shibuya.  What many people don’t know is that the real Hachiko is in the National Science Museum in Ueno.