February cherry blossoms and scrumptious festival food without the dense crowds. Continue reading Sakura Report: Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival 2019
Located in Kanagawa Prefecture, Kawasaki Warehouse is a game and entertainment center designed to look like the grimy city of Kowloon. Continue reading Kawasaki Warehouse: A Visual Treat for Fans of the Decrepit
Fall in love with the colors of fall at Hananuki Gorge in Ibaraki Prefecture! Continue reading Fall Colors of Hananuki
The Enoshima Electric Railway (“Enoden” for short) runs through Kanagawa Prefecture, from the traditional city of Kamakura to the island of Enoshima, with Fujisawa as the last stop. Designed with a vintage flair, its train cars are beloved icons that add a nostalgic flavor to Kamakura and Enoshima’s easy atmosphere. Continue reading “Retro Train Trip: Exploring Kamakura & Enoshima with the Noriori-kun Pass”
Date Visited: September 30, 2017
Fall is my favorite season, and my first fall trip of the year happens to be in the neighboring prefecture of Saitama. For this one-day trip, we made use of the SEIBU Pass, a one-day free ticket which you can use on all SEIBU Lines with the exception of the Tamagawa Line. Foreign visitors as well as non-Japanese residents of Japan can avail of this discounted ticket.
Our trip began at Ikebukuro Station. We booked our tickets through VELTRA, so once we got to the SEIBU Tourist Information Center inside the station, we showed the staff our mobile vouchers and got our tickets in return. After that, it’s off to our first stop: Koma Station.
Isumi Railway is best known for its Moomin Train, fashioned after the beloved Finnish series of the same name. Running along the Bōsō Peninsula, these yellow train cars take its passengers through Chiba’s green fields and historic towns, and is especially popular in spring as cherry and rape blossoms (菜の花) frame the landscape.
In my last entry, I posted a video of what traveling on board the Moomin Train was like. Here, I get down to the details. Continue reading “How to Ride the Moomin Train in Chiba”
One of the most exciting ways to explore Japan is by rail. On the first installment of Railway Diaries, we ride Isumi Railway’s Moomin Train. Join me on a one-day trip to see Chiba’s gorgeous green fields and historic towns. More info to follow on a separate post. Continue reading Riding the Moomin Train in Chiba (Video)