Yamato Antique Fair

On the third Saturday of each month, hundreds of sellers gather around the Yamato JR station in Kanagawa at a street fair focused on Japanese antiques. Sellers range from professional dealers to market hoppers with boxes of unsorted items they hope to rid themselves of quickly. For the visitor to Japan, the antique fair environment…

Disneysea Electric Railway

If you ever wanted to ride a train passing a Mediterranean town, American waterfront and an active volcano in one day, this is probably the only train that can do it. Part of the Tokyo Disneysea park, sister to next door neighbor Disneyland, this fully electric railway carries park passengers on an elevated track across…

Shinjuku Station New South Exit

In an effort to simplify the overwhelming chaos of Shinjuku Station, the powers-that-be now bring you the “New South Exit” of Shinjuku Station. One of the first things you will realize is that it doesn’t actually replace the “old” South Exit; it’s just a new structure built on the southern side of the street from…

Kanazawa

Kanazawa sits on the nearly forgotten west coast of Japan, the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture. Kanazawa has a rich history and a strong bond with traditional Japanese culture, so it is no surprise that Kenryokuen, considered one of the three finest Japanese gardens, is in this city. Tsuzumimon, a huge gate built to resemble traditional…

Tokyo Station Renovation

The grand old train station has been undergoing a lot of changes recently and for good reason: it celebrated its 100-year-anniversary in December 2014 and had to get dressed up nicely. The area around Tokyo Station has also seen renovation┬árecently, the huge ultra-modern┬ástructures now standing guard over the classic beauty. The beautiful domes atop the…