railway museum, Canada

Broken and abandoned: 1 train, 1 shop and 1 ?

Abandoned is perhaps a closer description of the photos below but broken also fits. This impressive car is part of an outdoor railway museum that we visited recently. Our toddler loved it and so did we. Choo choo! Anything old, abandoned and disintegrating is high up on my list of all things interesting, especially when…

Tokyo Metro Subway Ticket

Ticket tips for trains and subways in Tokyo

I love taking trains and subways in Tokyo but I initially had trouble with tickets. Buying them, finding discounts and discovering what happens when a train is delayed have been part of my experiences. Buying Tickets – help! The first train ticket I bought was on a stopover in Tokyo. It took me ages to figure out…

walking towards Hakata City Station

The Japan Rail Pass is nice but I want something different

arriving at Hakata City Station, Fukuoka If you have a tight budget and/or don’t have a firm itinerary, there are several alternatives to the Japan Rail Pass. In fact, many passes are available in Japan and are valid on most trains including the shinkansen (bullet train), express and local trains. JR East, JR Hokkaido, JR West and JR Kyushu offer passes for…

Mount Fuji from the shinkansen

Shinkansen (bullet train): more fabulous features

Four fun features of travelling by shinkansen (bullet train) were featured in Part 1. This post adds five more fabulous qualities. Reserved or unreserved? If you have a Japan Rail Pass, reserved seats are included but you still have to book them. Some trains, like the JR East Komachi, only have reserved seats. Getting a reserved seat means a…

pass holder

Convenient features of refillable fare cards

Updated April 2014 Suica and Pasmo are refillable fare cards that can help make Tokyo’s transportation options less confusing and more convenient. This second post covers neat features using the cards. Green Cars on trains and the cool pass feature Green Cars cost extra and require an additional ticket. The extra ticket can be bought at JR ticket counters,…