The Railway Museum in Saitama

Take a short train ride outside Tokyo to Saitama to the Railway Museum and enjoy hours of fun learning about railway technology over the years and Japan's own technological contributions. This museum has everything in its various exhibits from simulators, explanations of train-related jobs, history, science, real trains, miniature trains, dioramas as well as looking at … Continue reading The Railway Museum in Saitama

Japan Rail Pass – Why you should buy one when Visiting Japan

While doing my calculations and working out my budget for my trip to Japan last year the second thing on the list after my plane tickets and before even accommodation and spending money was a Japan Rail Pass. The JR pass is a special railway discount pass that allows persons visiting Japan for a short … Continue reading Japan Rail Pass – Why you should buy one when Visiting Japan

E5 Series Shinkansen makes Official debut

Train enthusiasts in Japan are ecstatic as East Japan Railway Company (JR East) official debuted the E5 Series Shinkansen or "Hayabusa" today which will be operating on the Tōhoku Shinkansen Line from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori with major stations like Sendai and Morioka. Hayabusa is Japanese for Peregrine Falcon, a bird that can be found in temperate … Continue reading E5 Series Shinkansen makes Official debut

Japan’s Kiha E200 Commercial Hybrid Train begins operation

Starting tomorrow Japan will begin to operate a commercial hybrid train service on the Koumi Line of the East Japan Railway Company who has been developing and testing the service for many years. Fuel efficiency is increased by about 20 percent and emissions reduced by up to 60 percent plus the diesel engine chips in … Continue reading Japan’s Kiha E200 Commercial Hybrid Train begins operation