Favourite Places in Japan: Jigokudani Yaen Koen (Snow Monkey Park)

Continuing with my posts about favourite places in Japan, I’m writing about Jigokudani Yaen Koen (地獄谷野猿公苑), also known as the Snow Monkey Park. I’ve visited the park twice – first in 1997 and then again in 2014. Both visits were very enjoyable, but also very different. In terms of access, the easiest way to get…

Photographing the Shinkansen: The Hokuriku Shinkansen

I have already done some posts about taking photos of the shinkansen. This one is a bit different as rather than focus on one location, it covers a whole line. Also, as yet, I’ve not had a chance to explore the variety of popular sites that exist along the line and will feature instead two…

Matsumoto Castle

Japan has many wonderful castles, but my favourite is probably Matsumoto Castle in Nagano prefecture. Matsumoto was the first place that I went to on my first (of what was to become many) JR Passes (whereby you can travel around Japan on Japan Railway (JR) trains without having to buy separate tickets) in 1992. That…

Karuizawa Ski Bus Crash Memorial

As part of my research for the article on modifications are made to public transportation accidents, I have visited a number of memorials around Japan. Not all of these became a part of that study due to specific parameters of the study (detailed in the article). One of those not included is the memorial for…