December 12, 2015

Trip to Kinosaki Onsen

Today I travelled to Kinosaki Onsen with my wife. Kinosaki Onsen is located in north area in Hyogo prefecture in which my home is, and one of the most famous Onsen (hot spring) in Japan .

At first, we took the Kani-Kani Hamakaze, the limited express for Kinosaki-onsen, from Akashi station.

Kani-Kani Hamakaze @ Wadayama The "Kani-Kani Hamakaze" is one of the Hamakaze, the limited express, but operated as an extra train only in winter season for people visiting north Hyogo to eat crab. ("Kani" in the train name means crab in Japanese)

Inside Kani-Kani Hamakaze This picture is inside the Kani-Kani Hamakaze, which is the same as regular Hamakaze. The train was very crowded by families, friends and couples who are visiting Kinosaki Onsen.

The Kani-Kani Hamakaze was operated by series 189, the DMU, and consisted of 6cars.

We arrived at Kinosaki Onsen station about 2 hours after departing from Akashi station. We moved to a hotel which we would have a lunch.

Lunch We enjoyed lunch filled by crab, crab and crab! It was very delicious and had too much volume. We could enjoy also Tajima beef.

After lunch, we drank coffee with green tea cheese cake and enjoyed hot spring!

Kinosaki Onsen We walked Kinosaki Onsen town and enjoyed shopping before departure. It was rainy but Kinosaki Onsen is a beautiful town. We could enjoy walking.

At 17:17, we left Kinosaki Onsen by the ragular Hamakaze No. 6. The rolling stock was the same as the Kani-Kani Hamakaze in the morning. The Hamakaze was also crowded.

After 2 hour trip, we arrived at Akashi station. Then We had a dinner and went back to our home.



November 15, 2015

Trip to Kashikojima

Today I traveled to Kashikojima, in Mie Pref. with my wife.

Ltd. exp@TakinotyayaAt first, we took a limited express of Sanyo electric railway and Hanshin to Umeda, Osaka, and moved to Amagasaki. We transferred to a local train of Hanshin Namba line to Namba.

Shimakaze@Namba
From Namba, we took the Shimakaze, the Sightseeing Limited Express of Kintetsu Railway, to Kashikojima (Ise-Shima) in Mie.

Shimakaze@Namba2This is the logo of Shimakaze, which is drawn on car No. 2 and 5.

Inside ShimakazeWe rode on the Shimakaze. We reserved seats of middle on car No.1. But seats in the front row were empty then we moved to the seats.

Front view from ShimakazeWe enjoyed the nice front view till Kashikojima. Good.

Boarding certificateAfter leaving Tsuruhashi, a cabin attendant came and gave us boarding certificates and wet towels.

The Shimakaze contains various cars, such as...

Western Style CompartmentWestern style compartment (Only one room).

Japanese Style CompartmentJapanese style compartment (Only one room).

Salon seatsSalon seats (Three rooms).

Cafe CarDouble deck café car. Both floors have seats for dining.

The train stopped at Yamatoyagi after Tsuruhashi, Iseshi, Uji-Yamada, Toba and Ugata before Kashikojima.

Shimakaze@KashikojimaWe arrived at Kashikojima, the destination on time. The Shimakaze from Kyoto was also at Kashikojima. Another one from Nagoya had already moved to rail yard. These two would stay at the station until the next departure.

We moved to a hotel by shuttle bus from the station and had a lunch.

Cream soup of lobsterWe chose a lunch course. Cream soup of lobster was served after amuse bouche. Very delicious.

Seafood curryThe main dish was seafood curry containing Black abalone, crab and shrimp with turmeric rice.

dessertAt last, dessert, coffee and small sweets. Everything was so delicious!

After lunch, we walked and entered aquarium. Then we go back to Kashikojima station.

Shimakaze@KashikojimaWe used the Shimakaze also on the round trip. But we couldn't get the front row.

ShimakazeOur seats were located on car No. 5.

Café carAfter sunset, we went to the Café car to have a dinner.

Matsusaka beef curryI ate Matsusaka beef curry, while my wife ate seafood pilaf. It was a bit spicy different from seafood curry of lunch. Of course, both were good. Enjoying dining on the restaurant car is one of the best part of train journey!

After dinner, I bought on-desk calendar, which consists of pictures of the Shimakaze. We went back to our seats, and enjoy the last journey to Namba.

Inside ShimakazeThe Shimakaze arrived at Namba, the terminal, delayed by a few minutes. We left the Shimakaze. This picture is of the car No. 5.

From Namba, we came back to our home by Hanshin Namba line and Sanyo line as well as the outward journey. This was so good trip.

October 17, 2015

Day trip to Hiroshima

Today I traveled to Hiroshima by local trains.

Firstly I took rapid service train of JR West to Himeji. Then I transferred to a local train to Okayama.

Series 117 @ ItozakiIn addition, I transferred to another local train to Mihara at Olayama. The local train was operated by yellow colored Series 117 (right in the picture). I got off the train at Itozaki, the previous station of Mihara.

Series 227 @ ItozakiI took a local train to Iwakuni from Itozaki. The train was operated by Series 227 Red Wing, the new train set (right in the picture).

Inside of Series 227This is inside of the Series 227. The direction of each seat can be changed by passengers. That is, most of passengers can sit with facing to train direction.

Inside of Series 227At end of each car, there are long seats.

I moved to Hiroshima and I got off the train.

Hiroshima style OkonomiyakiAnd I had a lunch. I ate Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki, which is Japanese traditional food like pancake cooked on a hot plate with meats, cabbage and noodle.

After lunch, I bought souvenir and coffee then I took a train to get home.

Series 227 @ HiroshimaThe train was not Series 227 but Series 115 for Itozaki after a train to Itozaki operated by Series 227.

ViewAt Itozaki, I transferred to a local train of Series 115 to Okayama. This picture is window view just after departure from Itozaki.

Series 115 @ HimejiFrom Okayama, I took a local train to Himeji operated by Series 115.

Series 223 @ HimejiFrom Himeji, I took a special rapid service train operated by Series 223.

I transferred at Nishi-Akashi to a local train. Then I reached my home.

April 19, 2015

Trains of Tobu Railway

Today I took Tobu railway, urban railway company around Tokyo.

Spacia@ShinjukuAt first, I took the Spacia, the limited express operated by Tobu railway, for Kinugawa-onsen from Shinjuku. This train departs from Shinjuku station of JR East, and enters Tobu line from JR line at Kurihashi station.

The Spacia is operated by Tobu railway from Shinjuku and Asakusa in Tokyo to Nikko and Kinugawa-onsen in North Kanto region, and v.v.. The spacia accesses to Shinjuku is cooperated by Tobu railway and JR-East.

Spacia_insideInside of the Spacia. The seats are located in 4 rows. This train also has compartments for 4 persons.




Spacia@TochigiI got off the Spacia at Tochigi station to return to Tokyo.





Skytree train@Tokyo SkytreeOn the return trip, I took the Skytree train for Tokyo Skytree and Asakusa.




The Skytree train is operated by Tobu railway from cities in North Kanto region to Tokyo Skytree and Asakusa.

Inside of the Skytree trainThis is inside of the Skytree train. Single seats and pair seats are located in each car.




Panorama seatThis train has panorama seats at both end of the train. We can enjoy front view of the train if we sit down in the seat.



Tokyo SkytreeApproaching Tokyo Skytree station, we can see the Tokyo Skytree, the new symbol of Tokyo. Tokyo Skytree station is the next station to Asakusa, the terminal of this train.




My trip was finished at Tokyo Skytree staton...

March 08, 2015

The ACCUM

I took the ACCUM, the battery train operated between Utsunomiya and Karasuyama in North Kanto region near to Tokyo.

ACCUM@HosyakujiThis is the ACCUM. This train charges to the battery at both end stations and during running in electrified section from overhead wire, then can run only by batteries even in unelectrified section.

ACCUM monitorThis is a monitor in the driver's seat. This monitor shows status of the train system including batteries.



ACCUM monitor2This train also has this monitor in the passenger's cabin for passengers. This monitor shows energy flow.



Inside of ACCUMThis is inside of The ACCUM. The interior design is standard one of Japan's commuter trains.




I took the ACCUM from Hosyakuji to Karasuyama and from Karasuyama to Utsunomiya/

December 30, 2014

Return to home

Today I returned home because of end of the year. My home is in Tokushima. I usually go home by highway bus but I choose train trip for this time.


Series N700a@HimejiAt first, I went to Himeji by local train then transferred to Shinkansen, the high speed train. The train I took was operated by Series N700a.


Marine Liner @ OkayamaI got off the Shinkansen at Okayama and took the Marine Liner, the rapid service train for Takamatsu in Shikoku island. My seat was in the Green Car, the first class.

The Green Car was located in upper deck of double-deck car. So I could see nice view from the Seto-ohashi bridge.

The Uzushio @ TakamatsuFrom Takamatsu, I took the Uzushio, the limited express train for Tokushima. This train was operated by Series N2000, which is equipped with tilting system.



I transferred to a local train at Tokushima. Finally I arrived my home.

September 14, 2014

Day trip in Hyogo Prefecture

Today I took a trip in Kansai region. At first I left for Kakogawa station, the next station.

SobaI ate Soba, Japanese buckwheat noodle, for lunch at soba noodle shop in Kakogawa station.



Series 125 @ KakogawaAfter lunch, I took a local train of JR Kakogawa line for Tanigawa. The train was operated by Series 125 EMU.



Series 125 @ Nishi-wakishiThis picture is of the train at Nishi-wakishi on Kakogawa line. The train stayed at this station for 11 minutes.



Series 125 @ TanigawaThis picture is of the train at Tanigawa station, the terminal of Kakogawa line. The train took about 1.5 hours from Kakogawa to Tanigawa.


Kounotori @ TanigawaI waited for the next train at Tanigawa for about 30 minutes. At the time, Kounotori limited express passed. “Kounotori” means stork in Japanese.


Series 223 @ TanigawaI took a local train for Sasayamaguchi from Tanigawa. The train was operated by Series 223 and consisted of 2 cars.



train_viewThe train ran through mountains, and the view was so good though I couldn’t take pictures at good timing…



Tambaji Rapid @ SasayamatuchiFrom Sasayamaguchi, the last stop of the local train, I took Tambaji rapid service train operated by Series 223 and consisting 8 cars. Also at this line, I could enjoyed nice view.

Special rapid @ AmagasakiI got off the train at Amagasaki and transferred to a special rapid train for Himeji. Then I got home.

March 21, 2014

Day trip to Kyoto

Today I took the Super Hakuto limited express from Himeji to Kyoto. This train runs between Kyoto, the oldest city in Japan, and Tottori, a city in San-in region.

Super Hakuto @ KyotoThe Super Hakuto is a DMU train and equipped with tilting system called "Furiko" which means pendulum in Japanese. The maximum speed is 130km/h.


Super Hakuto front viewPersons sitting first seats behind driver's cabin can enjoy the dynamic view through the journey, though some of top cars don't has such a facility.


My seat was, of cource, the panorama seat. Then I enjoyed the front view till Kyoto, passing through Kobe and Osaka, the major cities in west Japan.

After arrival at Kyoto, I moved to Demachiyanagi by bus, the terminal in Kyoto of Keihan Electric Railway.

Series 8000 of Keihan@DemachiyanagiFrom Demachiyanagi, I rode Keihan's limited express from Demachiyanagi to Yodoyabashi, the terminal in Osaka of the railway. Most of limited exps use series 8000 in the picture.

Double decker of series 8000This train, series 8000, conveys a double deck car. We can ride on this car with same ticket as other cars. The view from upper deck was so nice.


Arriving at Yodoyabashi, I got home after dinner.

February 23, 2014

Trip to Tohoku region - 2nd day of 2 days

The "good morning" announcement was made 20 minutes before Omiya station. The train was running on schedule. Akebono arrived at Omiya station when I changed clothes and washed my face. The next station would be Ueno terminal. I enjoyed last view till Ueno.

Akebono@Ueno
Akebono@Ueno

The Akebono arrived at track 13 of Ueno terminal on 6:58 on schedule. Many railroad funs welcomed the Akebono at Ueno. I also took some pictures with them and left the platform.

Because my flight would be on afternoon, I took some trains near Tokyo.

Series E657@UenoFirstly I took "the Fresh Hitach" limited express to Kashiwa station. This train operates between Ueno and stations in Ibaraki prefecture. I enjoyed 20 minutes trip to Kashiwa.

Series 60000 of Tobu@KashiwaThis train is series 60000, the new commuter train of Tobu railway. The seat was too hard...




Series 1000 of Tokyo Metro@ShinbashiThis train is series 1000 of Tokyo Metro, the new train of Ginza line. This train employs PM (permanent magnet) motor for propulsion.



Series 1000 of Keikyu@KamataThis train is series 1000 of Keikyu. This train uses Siemens' inverters for propulsion.




After enjoying trains, I moved to Haneda airport. I flied to Osaka then I got home. I could enjoyed the journey, riding the Akebono before stopping to operate. That' very good.

February 22, 2014

Trip to Tohoku region - 1st day of 2 days

I left my home before dawn. I moved to Sannomiya by JR line then to Osaka airport by bus.

JAL@OsakaI flied to Aomori by JAL after relaxed in JAL's lounge. I arrived at Aomori airport after about 1 hour flight then went to JR Aomori staion by bus.


Resort Asunaro@AomoriI took the Resort Asunaro, the resort train of JR East, to Ominato in Shimokita peninsula. This is a hybrid train equipped with batteries as well as engines and generators.

Resort Asunaro@OminatoEnjoying view of Ominato line, I took the train till Ominato, the terminal of the train. This was the first time to visit Ominato after Nov. 2011.


I walked around the station in snow but there was nothing... I went back to the station and drank hot ginger ale. The return trip to Aomori was also by the Resort Asunaro. I enjoyed the view till Aomori also in the return trip.

I bought foods for dinner after arriving at Aomori again. Then I went back to the platform.

Akebono@AomoriThe main purpose of this trip was to ride this train "Akebono", the night train called "Blue train". This train would be stopped to operate on 14th March 2014. An electric locomotive pulled passenger cars.

Passenger car of AkobonoThis was my car equipped with sleeping compartments of first class.




Aisle of the carThis picture is aisle of my car. The door of the compartment could be locked by pin code.




Sleeping compartmentThis was my compartment. I booked Single Delux, the highest class of Akebono, because this was my first time and would be last time to ride this train. The compartment was equipped with 2 beds, basin, nightwears, table, air-conditioner, music service and amenity goods.



Akebono departed from Aomori on time and left for Ueno station in Tokyo. After first stop Shin-Aomori, the conductor announced information of the train then came to each compartment to check the ticket. After that, I had a dinner with bento (lunchbox), cider and Aomori apple pie I bought in Aomori station. I lowered light level to see night view well during dinner. One negative point of this train was that this train didn't serve any foods or drinks. So I had to buy them before boarding.

The last announcement on the night was made after departing Akita staion.The next announcement would be the next morning before Omiya station. I went to bed because I felt sleepy... I would arrive at Ueno station befor 7 a.m. tomorrow.