Photographing the Shinkansen: Higashi-Hiroshima

As I have posted about before, when it comes to photographing the shinkansen, I prefer not to take pictures at stations. There are times – particularly when you are travelling on a stopping-service – when it is convenient to do so, getting a shot of a passing train (pictures of stopped trains tend to be…

Photographing the Shinkansen: Hakata-Minami

As I have posted about before, when it comes to photographing the shinkansen, I prefer not to take pictures at stations. There are times – particularly when you are travelling on a stopping-service – when it is convenient to do so, getting a shot of a passing train (pictures of stopped trains tend to be…

Travelling on Dr Yellow

I have done a couple of posts relating to the lucky photographs I managed to get of Dr Yellow and East-i – the special maintenance shinkansen that travel at normal shinkansen speeds checking the infrastructure for any problems. In this post I thought I would write a bit more about my experiences of travelling on…

My Favourite Shinkansen: The 700 Series Shinkansen

I am now down to the final two, the 700 series and E4 series, in my list of my favourite shinkansen. As today (14 October) is 鉄道の日 (Tetsudo-no-hi) ‘Railway Day’ in Japan, marking the anniversary of the opening of the first railway, it seems appropriate to bring this series of posts to an end by…

Lucky Photography – Dr Yellow

I’ve now done a few posts where I have referred to ‘lucky photography‘ – those times when I was primarily doing something else and just happened to be in the right place at the right time to get at least one interesting photo. That’s not the only type of lucky photography, there can also be…

Photographing the Shinkansen: Hamamatsu Station

Today a story appeared in the media about a shinkansen driver having left the cab while he went to the toilet, leaving a conductor (who was not trained to drive the shinkansen) in the cab. As well as being covered by the Japanese media, it was also written about in The Guardian. Unfortunately, the image…

Favourite Places in Japan: Sekigahara

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m going to write a bit about another – Sekigahara (関ケ原). Although I have never stayed there, and more often not I just pass through, I have always liked the look of the area and like its special place in Japanese history and culture. The…

Photographing the Shinkansen: Shin-Kobe Station

Generally I prefer not to photograph shinkansen at a station, but there are times when it is the most practical thing to do. I’ve already done some posts about some stations such as Atami , Mishima, Maibara, Takasaki, and Tokuyama. This time I will cover Shin-Kobe. The main feature, in terms of photography, is that…

Photographing the Shinkansen: Mishima Station

Having mentioned how you can photograph the shinkansen at Atami in a recent post, this post covers the next station west along the Tokaido Shinkansen, Mishima. There are two key things about Mishima station from a photography point of view. First, is that it is the only shinkansen station with an island platform with the…

Photographing the Shinkansen: Tokuyama Station

I have previously written a post about taking photographs near Fukuyama and Tokuyama stations, but Tokuyama station itself is one of my favourite stations to get out and get some shinkansen photographs. The key thing about Tokuyama station from a photography point of view is that it is on a bend, allowing you to get…

Photographing the Shinkansen: Near Odawara

Although the Tokaido Shinkansen doesn’t offer the interesting variety of trains that can be found north of Tokyo, it does have some great backdrops and thanks to the very frequent service, it lends itself to photography. In this post I will feature a couple of locations close to Odawara. Both of the locations are easiest…

Photographing the Shinkansen: Maibara

During media interviews a couple of times I have asked where my favourite place is on the shinkansen network. The answer is Maibara (米原). Thanks to there being a bend just before the station (if approaching from Tokyo/Nagoya) and also a slope down into the station, it’s one of the few sections of the shinkansen…