Shinkansen Race

These Shinkansen trains aren’t really racing each other, but it sure looks like that as you pass the trainyard located between Osaka and Okayama.

Relaxing Rides

This typical scene is repeated throughout Japan each day by the millions. Relaxing on a train while passing through the countryside. In this case, on the Thunderbird between Kyoto and Kanazawa.

On the Move

With both trains moving at over 150 miles per hour, it’s only by accident that you can get a picture of the Shinkansen train that is passing you – notice the slanted windows?

Train Station Staple

Whenever you travel around Japan you’ll run into groups of school children traveling on the trains on school field trips. These backpacks are stationed in the waiting area waiting for the kids to return from their food foraging to claim them.

Tea from the train

Tea plantations line some of the Tohoku Line Shinkansen route. The rows of plants, when photographed from the bullet train, blur into a beautiful velvet green.

Cute, Tiny Luggage

The Japanese travel VERY lightly. Bags for train trips can be smaller than anything you can even buy at home. This tiny little piece (about 14 x 18 inches) was on sale at one of Japan’s train stations.

Out the Train Window

Wonderful view of rice fields, small towns and distant hills outside Nagoya, as seen from the window of the Shinkansen train as it flies by at over 150 mph.

The new UPS?

We’re used to seeing the big brown trucks all over, delivering packages. This smaller scale solution was spotted in Kyoto, where a bicycle and cart is used for package delivery.

Never Forget the Elephant

Parking lots the world over use a variety of symbols, colors and numbers to help you remember where you parked. This door is on the Elephant floor of Narita’s South parking lot.

A Taxi Ride

For anyone who has ever been in a Tokyo taxi, this will bring back memories. The white lace seat covers, the attentive driver, the GPS map, the license clearly displayed, the video playing in the backseat and the cityscape flying by.

Station and Ivy

The Japanese hide beauty in the most unexpected places. This wall of multi-covered ivy is found in the upper level of the front (Yeasu side) of Tokyo Station, where tourists would rarely go.

Train Approaching

In some of Tokyo’s more crowded subway stations the platforms are protected by a barrier between the train and the people. Conveniently used for safety notices and letting you know a train is coming, this door will open once the train has come to a complete stop.

Another Station Picture

Tourists can’t help themselves; we all come home with pictures of the Japanese train stations. It’s not just the amazing bullet trains whizzing in and out, but the well-kept facilities, the attentive staff, and the delicious local food options are all fascinating to even the most jaded traveler.

Train Line Up for Hakone

The train to one of Japan’s most popular tourist areas, Hakone (outside of Tokyo) is always crowded. This is the line waiting for the next train on a Tuesday morning. After boarding, this crowd was quickly replaced by another.

Maybe a Briefcase?

Some trains in Japan have VERY limited space for your bags – even if you are a tourist. This train, the Odakyu train from Shinjuku to Hakone, wouldn’t even fit a backpack in the overhead space, let alone a roll-aboard bag for overnight travel. Be sure to ship large bags ahead and travel lightly, as the Japanese do!

Green Velvet Rice

Rice fields throughout Japan are at their brightest green in early June. Taking a photo out the train window blurs the planting rows into a velvety smooth green.

Boo Boo Park


At first, we loved the name of Boo Boo Park (reminded us of Yogi). But then we noted that this parking lot holds a total of 4 cars! With space at a premium in the cities, little parking lots crop up everywhere!