Located in Hiroshima City, Shukkeien Garden is a park that dates back to 1620. Like many traditional Japanese gardens, a pond lies at its center, and around it, a walking trail. It takes around an hour to explore the entirety of the park at a leisurely pace. Continue reading [Hiroshima] Shukkeien Garden in Photos
Happy New Year!
The transition from one year to the next is always a busy time, but I wanted to take a moment and thank the people who have been following as well as casually dropping by this blog. 2017 has been a year of growth for Tokyo Past 3. It remains but a humble and small blog, but I’m happy that it has managed to reach more people in the past year. Continue reading “Where Do We Go from Here?”
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)
Under the MEXT scholarship, I studied Gender and Media at the University of Tokyo from 2011 to 2014. Here’s how I got in.
Access: JR Ome Line Mitake Station
Cost: Around JPY 3,710 (Shinjuku Sta. to Mitake Station: JPY 970; Bus to Mitakesan: JPY 280; Round-trip Cable Car JPY 1,110; One-way Lift to Anzan Sugi: JPY 100)
Difficulty: Absolute beginner to beginner
Duration: Approx. 3 hours
Hiking Course: Mitake Station→Mitakesan Station (Cable Car)→Anzan Sugi→Shopping Street→Musashi Mitake Shrine→Nagao Taira→Tengu Rock→Rock Garden