Tag: Shinkansen

  • Japan on a Budget: Tohoku by Train

    Matsushima, near Sendai, Miyagi-ken I came back from last year’s trip around southern Honshu determined to work on my kanji and head back the next year. One year, one hundred and twenty kanji and three more terms of general¬† study later, I was on a plane to Narita again. And this time, with something approaching…

  • Japan on a budget, 3: Kyoto

    (This is part of a guide to travelling Honshu on a moderate budget and in limited time. Click here for the whole series). I arrived in Kyoto on my second day, via Shinkansen from Tokyo. You arrive at the huge JR Kyoto station, from which you can link to the local JR lines, the private…

  • Japan on a budget, 5: Hiroshima and MiyaJima

    (This is part of a guide to travelling Honshu on a moderate budget and in limited time. Click here for the whole series). From Fukuchiyama I headed across to Hiroshima. If you’re heading out this way, be sure to reserve a seat on the Sakura Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka; I can only assume they put too…

  • Japan on a budget, 6: Nara and Yokohama

    (This is part of a guide to travelling Honshu on a moderate budget and in limited time. Click here for the whole series). Nara, the capital of Japan before even Kyoto, is all about the parkland, deer and temples. It’s a short train ride from Kyoto, so I rolled up early in the morning. If…

  • Ten Tokyo Travel Tips

    It’s been a while since we returned from Japan. I’m not even going to attempt to explain what it was like – just go, see, enjoy – but I did think I’d jot down a few tips for anyone planning a similarly short visit to Tokyo. And so here’s the ten things that I’d absolutely…