Matsuyama Tourist Port

Traveling to Ehime

Yawatahama Port

JR Akama Station

Heading through the ticket barriers The outside of the station—it’s large and you can’t miss it The station’s spacious hall A large bakery for a snack or gifts on the go The escalators to the station platform The coin lockers to leave your heavy baggage: ¥300 for a small locker JR Kyushu's Akama Station is […]

Crossing Japan via Railway

Early morning in Fukuoka Officer giving signals for the train A high school student taking the train to school Exiting the metro in Kyoto near Nijo Castle Before going out of the train station in Hachioji Middle school students going to their extra curricular activities via train Inside the Fujikyu train heading towards Kawaguchiko Station […]

Futsukaichi Station

Welcome to JR Futsukaichi Station. It was a rainy day for exploring Futsukaichi. Many informational maps and pamphlets are available in the tourism office inside the station. Snake artwork inside the station. Find some JR Kyushu-themed artwork inside the station. The automated ticket machines are easy to use. After a quick 15-minute ride on the […]

Inter Media Station

The floors above form concentric circles which are amplified by the lights. This is the view from the bottom of the mall. The mall has two basement floors. This was photograph was taken from B2. The lighting and smooth walls give this space a futuristic look. The elevators are designed like capsules with black and […]

Japan to Busan

Costa Victoria moored in Busan Welcome to Busan – Costa Victoria Busan's free Maritime museum and aquarium just three minutes from the terminal The Maritime Museum – Amazing architecture next to the cruise terminal Cruise maintenance checks on Costa Victoria Tourist information on the cruise terminal dock Costa Victoria moored in Busan Busan is well […]

Waterfront Station of History

Mojiko Station The echoing platforms Termini Station in Rome – entirely different Mojiko Station If you go to Mojiko by train, you can’t miss the station. It’s right there at the end of the Kagoshima Main Line. Mojiko Station is the gateway to the Mojiko Retro Area in the city of Kitakyūshū, a wonderland for […]

Mojiko Station

Mojiko Station sign Mojiko Station platform Trains waiting at the platform A sign indicating the station beings the Kagoshima Line Old-style cycle rickshaws on display The fountain of fortune Mojiko Station sign Mojiko Station in Moji Ward, Kitakyushu City, is the most northern station in Kyushu and terminal of the JR Kagoshima Line, which takes […]

JR Fukushima Station

Kokeshi Doll standing guard over the JR gates Lanterns for Hanabi JR Fukushima Costumes of Fukushima Prefecture Jelly beaned walls Messages for change We all heard about the great Fukushima Nuclear Disaster which happened in 2011. So what may your thoughts on Fukushima? So devoid of life and existence of mankind? Well, contrary to that, […]

JR Koriyama Station

A view of the station from above One of the cute characters inhabiting the station Inventive decoration on the steps Gates for the regular JR trains The colourful window above the main concourse The main concourse If you're visiting the sights of Fukushima prefecture, it's likely you'll find yourself passing through Koriyama station, either to […]

Beppu Bus Coin Exchange Problem?

A bus outside of the Kitahama Bus Centre bus stop One of the many buses in Beppu The Money Exchange Voucher Along with trains, riding the bus is one of most common forms of transportation in Japan, carrying thousands of people every day. With so many people using them, various problems are bound to occur. […]

The Toei Asakusa Line

Toei Asakusa Line trains Ikegami Honmonji Temple Hatakeyama Memorial Museum of Fine Art Kyu Shiba Rikyu Gardens Old Shimbashi Station Suehiro Shrine Overview Nishi-magome, Magome, Nakanobu Togoshi, Gotanda, Takanawadai Sengakuji, Mita, Daimon Shimbashi, Higashi-ginza, Takaracho Nihombashi, Ningyocho, Higashi-nihombashi Asakusabashi, Kuramae, Asakusa Honjo-azumabashi, Oshiage Overview The Toei Asakusa Line features twenty stations, running from Nishi-magome in […]

The Toei Mita Line

Toei Mita Line trains The Chinquapin Tree of the former Hosokawa residence Entrance to Shiba Park Ote-mon Gate Tokyo Dome City Koishikawa Botanical Garden Overview Meguro, Shirokanedai, Shirokane-Takanawa Mita, Shibakoen, Onarimon Uchisaiwaicho, Hibiya, Otemachi Jimbocho, Suidobashi, Kasuga Hakusan, Sengoku, Sugamo Nishi-Sugamo, Shin-Itabashi, Itabashi-Kuyakushomae Itabashihoncho, Motohasunuma, Shimurasakaue Shimura-Sanchome, Hasune, Nishidai Takashimadaira, Shin-Takashimadaira, Nishi-Takashimadaira Overview The Toei […]

The Toei Oedo Line

Toei Oedo Line train Nishimukiten Shrine Geisha Shindo Bunkyo Civic Center view Suimda Hokusai Museum Kiyosumi Teien Garden Overview Shinjuku-nishiguchi, Higashi-shinjuku, Wakamatsu-kawada Ushigome-yanagicho, Ushigome-kagurazaka, Iidabashi Kasuga, Hongo-sanchome, Ueno-okachimachi Shin-okachimachi, Kuramae, Ryogoku Morishita, Kiyosumi-shirakawa, Monzen-nakacho Tsukishima, Kachidoki, Tsukijishijo Shiodome, Daimon, Akabanebashi Azabu-juban, Roppongi, Aoyama-itchome Kokuritsu-kyogijo, Yoyogi, Shinjuku Tochomae, Nishi-shinjuku-gochome, Nakano-sakaue Higashi-nakano, Nakai, Ochiai-minami-nagasaki Shin-egota, Nerima, Toshimaen […]

The Toei Shinjuku Line

Toei Shinjuku Line trains Shinjuku Wald 9 cinema Ichigaya Fishing Center Tsukemen Tsujita dipping noodles Basho Memorial Hall Sarue Shrine Overview Shinjuku, Shinjuku-sanchome, Akebonobashi Ichigaya, Kudanshita, Jimbocho Ogawamachi, Iwamotocho, Bakuro-yokoyama Hamacho, Morishita, Kikukawa Sumiyoshi, Nishi-ojima, Ojima Higashi-ojima, Funabori, Ichinoe Mizue, Shinozaki, Moto-yawata Overview The Toei Shinjuku Line runs from Shinjuku in central Tokyo all the […]

The Toei Subway Line

Toei Subway Line train Hatakeyama Museum of Fine Art Koishikawa Botanical Garden Overview Toei Asakusa Line Toei Mita Line Toei Shinjuku Line Toei Oedo Line Overview Along with its JR and Tokyo Metro lines, the Toei Subway Line is Tokyo’s major rail transportation network. Run by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the network features four different […]

The Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line

Chiyoda Line train Meiji Jingu National Art Centre Hibiya Library & Museum Nikolai Cathedral Yushima Tenmangu Overview Yoyogi-uehara, Yoyogi-koen, Meiji-jingumae Omote-sando, Nogizaka, Akasaka Kokkai-gijidomae, Kasumigaseki, Hibiya Nijubashimae, Otemachi, Shin-ochanomizu Yushima, Nezu, Sendagi Nishi-nippori, Machiya, Kita-senju Ayase, Kita-ayase Overview One of Tokyo’s busiest lines, the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line runs through some of Tokyo’s most popular […]

The Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line

Fukutoshin Line train Wakoshi Station Kurihara Ruins Mejiro Garden Zoshigaya Cemetery Suehirotei Overview Wakoshi, Chikatetsu-narimasu, Chikatetsu-akatsuka Heiwadai, Hikawadai, Kotake-mukaihara Senkawa, Kanamecho, Ikebukuro Zoshigaya, Nishi-waseda, Higashi-shinjuku Shinjuku-sanchome, Kita-sando, Meiji-jingumae, Shibuya Overview Tokyo’s most recent subway line, the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line is also its deepest, with its tracks averaging 27 metres below the surface. From Wakoshi […]

The Tokyo Metro Ginza Line

The Ginza Subway Line starting in Shibuya Shibuya Crossing Aoyama Cemetery Kabukiza Theatre Mitsui Memorial Museum Shitamachi Museum Overview Shibuya, Omotesando & Gaienmae Aoyama-Itchome, Akasaka-Mitsuke & Tameike-Sanno Toranomon, Shimbashi & Ginza Kyobashi, Nihonbashi & Mitsukoshimae Kanda, Suehirocho & Ueno-Hirokoji Ueno, Inaricho, Tawaramachi & Asakusa Overview Japan’s oldest subway line, the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line was […]

The Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line

Hanzomon Line train Jingu Gaien Gingko Avenue Chidorigafuchi Park Jimbocho Kiyosumi Teien Garden Tokyo Skytree Overview Shibuya, Omote-sando, Aoyama-itchome Nagatacho, Hanzomon, Kudanshita Jimbocho, Otemachi, Mitsukoshimae Suitengumae, Kiyosumi-shirakawa Sumiyoshi, Kinshicho, Oshiage Overview The Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line features fourteen stations as well as a host of through stations to other parts of Tokyo and Saitama. The […]

The Tokyo Metro Line

Tokyo Metro train interior Kabukiza Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Ueno Park Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine Imperial Palace The Tokyo Metro Line Metro Ginza Line Metro Marunouchi Line Metro Hibiya Line Metro Tozai Line Metro Chiyoda Line Metro Yurakucho Line Metro Hanzomon Line Metro Namboku Line Metro Fukutoshin Line The Tokyo Metro Line Along with its JR […]

The Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

New Marunouchi Line subway trains Otaguro Park Ryuhoji Temple Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Akasaka Palace Tokyo Station Overview Ogikubo, Minami-asagaya, Shin-koenji, Higashi-koenji Shin-nakano, Nakano-sakanue, Branch line stations Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-sanchome, Shinjuku-gyoemmae Yotsuya-sanchome, Yotsuya, Akasaka-mitsuke Kokkai-gijidomae, Kasumigaseki, Ginza, Tokyo Otemachi, Awajicho, Ochanomizu, Hongo-sanchome Korakuen, Myogadani, Shin-otsuka, Ikebukuro Overview Tokyo’s second subway line and the first to […]

The Tokyo Metro Namboku Line

Namboku Line train Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum Sen-oku Hakukokan Museum Kagurazaka Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Asukayama Park Overview Meguro, Shirokanedai, Shirokane-takanawa Azabu-juban, Roppongi-itchome, Tameike-sanno Nagatacho, Yotsuya, Ichigaya, Iidabashi Korakuen, Todaimae, Hon-komagome Komagome, Nishi-gahara, Oji Oji-kamiya, Shimo, Akabane-iwabuchi Overview One of Tokyo’s relatively recent train lines, the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line features 19 […]

The Tokyo Metro Tozai Line

Tokyo Tozai Metro Line train Citizen Plaza Tokyo Daijingu Imperial Palace Tomioka Hachimangu Kiba Park Nakano, Ochiai, Takadanobaba Waseda, Kagurazaka, Iidabashi Kudanshita, Takebashi, Otemachi Nihombashi, Kayabacho, Monzen-nakacho Kiba, Toyocho, Minami-sunamachi Nishi-kasai, Kasai, Urayasu Minami-gyotoku, Gyotoku, Myoden Baraki-nakayama, Nishi-funabashi One of Tokyo’s busiest subway lines, the sky blue Tokyo Metro Tozai Line extends from Nakano in […]

The Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line

Yurakucho Line train Wako Jurin Park Hikawa Jinja Ikebukuro PARCO Gokokuji Temple Soranoiro Overview Wakoshi, Chikatetsu-narimasu, Chikatetsu-akatsuka Heiwadai, Hikawadai, Kotake-mukaihara Senkawa, Kanamecho, Ikebukuro Higashi-ikebukuro, Gokokuji, Edogawabashi Iidabashi, Ichigaya, Kojimachi, Nagatacho Sakuradamon, Yurakucho, Ginza-itchome, Shintomicho Tsukishima, Toyosu, Tatsumi, Shin-kiba Overview The Yurakucho Metro Line extends from Wakoshi station in Saitama Prefecture and runs all the way […]

Travel by JR East Pass

JR East Pass provides a flexible 5 day unlimited travel within a 14 day period. JR East Pass JR East Pass provides a flexible 5 day unlimited travel within a 14 day period. JR East Pass covers local and express trains as well. Travel by JR East Pass The JR East Pass itself Overview How […]

Travel Tohoku With a JR East Pass

Travel Tohoku With a JR East Pass Zipping over a bridge Interior of Resort Shirakami JR Train entering a station in Tokyo View from the Resort Shirakami JR Resort Shirakami Joyful Train from Akita to Aomori Overview Purchasing your pass Using Your Pass Itterasshai! Are Japan’s transportation costs causing you to hesitate visiting the country? […]

Maebashi Station

The south exit The north exit Souvenir stores Have a snack Buy a ticket Need something? You’ll probably find it here Easy to find ticket gate A comfy place to wait Time to catch the train Maebashi Station is a railway station operated by JR East and is located in Maebashi city, the capital of […]

Manza Kazawaguchi Station

Have fun using the station’s cabbage patch stamp The main entrance Wait for your train at the platform Time to get on the train Walk down these steps to exit You can buy your ticket here Show your ticket to the station master Souvenir stores and restaurants to entertain yourself Easy place to wait for […]

Minakami Station

Step outside the station’s entrance to see what’s in store for you! A station with a view Has easy to find ticket gates Has a ticket booth The bus leading you to Minakami onsen as well as the various other attraction Minakami holds Signs in English to help you out Has a convenience store for […]

Shibukawa Station

The station’s entrance View of the tracks View from the second platform The Agatsuma train stopping at the platform Travel between platforms using the underpass The ticket gate A ticketing booth Has a green window to purchase tickets The waiting room near the Newdays convenience store Taxis Shibukawa Station, which opened on the 1st of […]

Yacht Cruise around Hiroshima

It departed late in the afternoon, so we could enjoy the sunset over the Seto Inland Sea. The boat is a high class catamaran which sits 12 people. Bring your own food and drinks to enjoy on the yacht. On our way to Miyajima we saw the retro American-style outlet mall and its large ferris […]

Hiroshima Port

Passengers can wait inside the building, which has toilets, a café, coin lockers and several stores. (Photo: Virginia González) The building is easily accessible both coming by tram or car. The parking lot is located next to the port. (Photo: Virginia González) Hiroshima Port is washed by the waters of the Pacific Ocean. (Photo: Virginia […]

JR Onomichi Station

Photos of JR Onomichi station through the ages are displayed here Maps of the surrounding area JR Onomichi Station There’s a bit of grass out the front of the station for kids to run around The Green Hill Hotel, just in front of the station A shop selling ramen just beside the station Onomichi Station […]

Mihara Station

Octopus statues invite travelers to try Mihara's octopus Signs pointing in exact directions help extinguish confusion A giant daruma adds character to the station Mihara Station is located in Mihara city in Hiroshima Prefecture. It lies between Hiroshima city and Okayama on the JR Sanyo Shinkansen Line. It takes half an hour from Hiroshima Station to get […]

The Moving Streetcar Museum of Hiroshima

Several decades of models in one shot On the left, 1999’s German-made Model 5000 (“Green Mover”) and on the right, 1987’s M3800 (“Green Liner”) 2013’s Green Mover Lex 1978 Model 1900 series from Kyoto 1978 Model 1900 series from Kyoto “Flower Train” edition of the 2013 Model 1000 series and usually seen around Golden Week […]

Putting Train Lovers on the Right Track 2/3

Hello Kitty Shinkansen Hello Kitty Shinkansen: side Hello Kitty Shinkansen: train-platform souvenir stand Hello Kitty Shinkansen: photo opportunities inside Hello Kitty Shinkansen: gift shop Hello Kitty Shinkansen: photo opportunities inside Mentioning Hiroshima stirs the imagination; the site of one of history's most unspeakable atrocities. Yet, the details of its most fateful incident elude almost everyone […]