Dennis A. Amith

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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 (Nagoya’s Twin Towers) were completed […]

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.  Service is provided between Narita […]

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. Also, depending which JR Pass […]

The One about the Japan Rail Pass

So, you are traveling to Japan and want to figure out how to travel Japan on a budget and are interested in the Japan Rail Pass.  Should you get a 7-Day, 14-Day or 21-Day JR Pass?  Should you get one at all? If you are planning to stay in one region without traveling to long distances, then the answer is no. If you are planning to stay two weeks I would always factor in about […]

The One about the IC Transportation Card (Suica and Pasmo)

If you are traveling Japan, aside from your passport and your JR Pass, one of the most important things to do, once you arrive in Japan, is to get an IC Transportation Card that will allow you travel in Japan. The first thing to do either prior to your trip or at the airport is to at least have around Y10,000 yen ready ($100 US) or at least Y2000 minimum. The top two in the […]