The One about Yurakucho Station

One of the busiest stations in Tokyo is Yurakucho Station, a railway station located in the Chiyoda Ward. The name was derived from the Meiji Era after Oda Nagato (Yurakusa), younger brother of Nobunaga Oda. Operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) and Tokyo Metro, the station opened back in June 1910 and the subway portion opened back in 1974.  In 2001, the station became IC equipped for Suica […]

The One about Kawaguchi Station in Kawaguchi, Saitama

Located in the Saitama Prefecture in the Central Kanto Region is Kawaguchi Station, a ralway station on the Keihin-Tohoku Line and is operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East). The Station opened back in September 1910 and has an average of 80,410 passengers daily (as of 2013 and is the 55th busiest station operated by JR East). When I first visited the station, it was back in January 1999, […]

The One about Nogizaka Station in Roppongi and Nogizaka46

Perception. Sometimes when you associate certain words in the Japanese pop culture, one can easily think that the beauty will match the name. In the case of the name “Nogizaka” which means Nogi Hill, the location is named after resident and Imperial Army general, Nogi Maresuke.  Which you can read more about through this blog. But for me, the word “Nogizaka” is what I think when I hear the music […]

The One about the Itabashi Station

Located in Itabashi, Tokyo is Itabashi Station, a railway station on the Saikyo Line operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East). Established back in 1885, Itabashi leads to many restaurants, drugs stores in the area.  But also the location is host for the Senior High School – Kyoiku Gakuen and also the local County Government Office. Itabashi means “plank bridge” and is derived from the wooden span over the […]

The One about Nagoya Station

Since 1886, Nagoya Station has been in operation. One of the world’s largest train stations that was bombed during World War II and then rebuilt to now feature two JR Central Towers (and happens to be the headquarters of the Central Japan Railway Company – JR Central), it’s one of the locations to visit ala Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo or coming south from the Kansai region. The JR Central Towers […]

The One about the Narita Express (N’EX)

Back in 1991, the Japan Rail Company (JR East) unveiled the Narita Express (N’EX). The train is a limited express train service that serves Narita International Airport from major Tokyo stations.  Originally, JR wanted to run a high speed Narita Shinkansen underneath the airport terminal but the plan was abandoned. But the Narita Express is convenient and the trains are now utilizing the E259 series EMU trains as of 2009.  […]

Travel Guide – Japan: The One about Riding the Shinkansen

For those who have read my post about the Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass), you will know that with the rail pass, you can only ride the Hikari and Sakura Shinkansen (Bullet Trains). The Nozomi is only for those who pay for the privilege of not riding on a bullet train with not as many stops, while the Hikari and Sakura, you will have occasional stops but not too much. […]