Favourite Photos: Snowy Yuzawa

On some days I just do a short post that primarily revolves around a favourite photo without much accompanying text. This picture was taken during a trip to Japan in 2013 in Yuzawa. I picked this photo today since Japan has been having some heavy snow again in recent days – but the picture below…

My Favourite Shinkansen: The E4 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…

My Favourite Shinkansen: The E1 Series Shinkansen

Working on the basis that I will treat all of the various N700 series shinkansen (N700, N700A, N700S) as one type and won’t include the experimental shinkansen, we are now into the Top 10 in my series about my favourite shinkansen. The ones that missed out on the Top 10 were the 300, E2, E6,…

My 47th Prefecture: Toyama

Following my post about the Hokuriku Shinkansen, this post is all about Toyama (富山). The title of this post refers not to where I would rank Toyama amongst the 47 prefectures of Japan, but rather that it was the 47th one that I visited. That visit happened in 2004, 15 years after my first visit…

Yuzawa

Yuzawa (湯沢) in Niigata prefecture is a small town (population of less than 8,000) that I have visited many times – but never stayed at. That I have been there so many times is thanks to the fact that it has a shinkansen station and is only about 90 minutes from Tokyo Station. If you…

486 Steps

If you take out a map of the Japanese railway network and follow the Jōetsu conventional mainline out from the capital towards Niigata you will find two loops in the line. The flat map cannot do justice to what is taking place here as the mainline struggles to overcome the mountain range that separates the…