F1 Car at Toyota Factory Tour

F1 Car at Toyota Factory Tour
Day 9 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 9 I went on the Toyota Factory Tour. Prior to the tour I went through the museum and found that they are still displaying ...

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.

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.