Uno station and Uno port transfer guide. How to get to Naoshima from Uno and Okayama

Marine liner
Maline Liner is the rapid train which connects Okayama and Takamatsu via Seto Ohashi bridge. You can take this train between Okayama and Chayamachi.

There are two access ways to get to Naoshima. The first one is taking the ferry from Uno. The second one is taking a ferry from Takamatsu.

In this post, I will show you the access to Uno port and Uno station which is the nearest train station to Uno port.

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How to get to Shin-Hodaka Ropeway from Takayama, Matsumoto and Toyama

The second ropeway of Shin-Hodaka is a by-level gondola. This will be replaced in this coming summer but new one will be a by-level one too.

Shin-Hodaka is very popular to see the view of Japan Alps mountains. You can get the top of the mountain by the by-level ropeway. Anyone can get there easily.

You can get there by the bus from Takayama, Matsumoto and Toyama. I will explain about these accesses in this post.

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Kansai airport to/from Uehommachi, Tanimachi 9-chome, 6-chome, 4-chome access route. 5 ways of transfer for KIX-Namba

Osaka Uehommachi station (C) Own work [CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]
Kintetsu Railway Osaka-Uehommachi station building. It is same location as Tanimachi 9-chome station of Osaka Metro. (C) Own work [CC BY-SA]

Uehommachi and Tanimachi 9-chome (Tanimachi Kyuchome) are same location. Osaka Metro station name is Tanimachi 9-chome and Kintetsu Railway station name is Osaka-Uehommachi. This area is a few stations away from Namba and Tennoji. This is a convenient location to stay and there are some hotels in this area.

In this post, I show you several ways to get Uehommachi and Tanimachi 9-chome area. You can find the best route which is most suitable for you.

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Kansai airport to/from Nippombashi, Nagahoribashi, Ebisucho access route. Tengachaya is better location than Namba to change trains.

Nankai Railway’s Rapi:t is the fastest way to get Tengachaya.

There are a few routes to get Nippombashi, Nagahoribashi, Ebisucho and some more stations on Osaka Metro Sakaisuji line. The best route is Nankai Railway and Osaka Metro via Tengachaya.

But if you use JR Pass and want to maximize using it, you can take the other route.

I will explain you how to get Nippombashi, Nagahoribashi, Ebisucho and Sakaisuji-Hommachi in this post:

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Kansai airport to/from Namba access route. 5 ways of transfer for KIX-Namba

Namba is one of downtown cores in Osaka. There are JR (train), Nankai Railway (train) and Airport Limousine bus to get Namba from Kansai airport.

Access route map (Click to view large)

In this post, I will show you these three ways and you can find which one is the best one of your trip.

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Odaiba access guide. How much can we use JR Pass or other JR deals to get to Odaiba?

Odaiba night view

Odaiba is one of most popular tourist places in Tokyo. There are lots of entertainment and shopping complex in Tokyo Bay harbour area.

In this post, I will show you how to access to Odaiba from major stations in Tokyo. Let me tell you in adcance, JR Pass does not cover the access to Odaiba fully. But you can find how much you can use it in this post If you use JR East Pass, Hokuriku Arch Pass, JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass, you can use same way.

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The limited express Kawasemi Yamasemi train guide

The limited express Kawasemi Yamasemi (left) and the limited express Isaburo / Shinpei (right) at Hitoyoshi station (C) そらみみ [CC BY-SA 4.0 from Wikimedia commons]

The limited express Kawasemi Yamasemi runs between Kumamoto and Hitoyoshi. This train is also known as one of JR Kyushu’s sightseeing trains. It runs along Kumagawa river and it is very scenic. Kawasemi Yamasemi are the name of birds. Kawasemi is a common kingfisher and Yamasemi is a crested kingfishter.

I would like to explain about this train in this post.

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Summary of 2019-20 winter seasonal trains of JR train

tadami line
Tadami line in Fukushima (C) kenkou hoshi/JNTO

Winter is cold in Japan but it is still very popular season. Especially northern and mountain areas, such as Hokkaido, Shirakawago, Echigo-Yuzawa are very popular for Asian tourist to see the snow. And New Year’s holidays from late December to Early January is the busiest season in Japan. This is very challenging to book a seat in New Year’s holidays period. Early February is busy season in Hokkaido because of Sapporo winter festival. And also many Asian tourist come over Japan in Chinese New Years period.

In this post, I show you many seasonal trains that will run in major tourist spots from December 2019 to February 2020.

*If you are looking for fall seasonal train schedule (September to November), please see the post, Summary of 2019 fall seasonal trains of JR trains.

*2020 spring seasonal train schedule (March to May) will come up in late January in 2020.

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2020 busiest period to travel by train. Tips to book your seat in even during the busy period

Hatsumoude is the first visit a shrine or a temple of the year to pray and make a wish on New Year’s day. This photo was taken in Senso-ji temple, Asakusa.

You must know that your travel period is a peak season or a shoulder season. I would like to show you the busy period in 2020. You also find some tips when you travel in the peak season in this post.

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Summary of 2019 fall seasonal trains of JR trains

The Sanyo Shinkansen in fall season

Autumn and spring are the good season to travel in Japan. In fall season, you may see the fall foliage in most part of Japan. You will be impressed by this amazing scenery.

JR Group companies operate lots of seasonal trains in the fall season. In this post, I show you many seasonal trains that will run in major tourist spots in October and November.

*The schedule of some trains, such as Resort Shirakami are not available yet. I will update it when it is available.

*Winter seasonal train schedule (December to February) will come up in late October. But you will find all JR Kyushu seasonal trains’ schedules until February, 2020.

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Flex Rail Ticket, The Tokaido Shinkansen round trip deal between Tokyo, Shin-Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto and Shin-Osaka for all of you

Tokaido Shinkansen and fuji

I usually recommend you use the 7-day JR Pass if you make a round trip between Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka because the round trip fare for Tokyo to/from Shin-Osaka is almost the same as the 7-day JR Pass price. But the JR Pass is available for the short term stay tourist only. The residents cannot buy it.

But a new deal “Flex Rail Ticket” has been introduced by JR Tokai Tours. This is available for the residents too. If you are not Japanese but live in Japan as a resident, you can buy this.

I would like to explain to you this new deal “Flex Rail Ticket” in this post.

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Itami (Osaka) airport access guide

Itami is one of two airports in Osaka. This airport is a domestic flight airport. If you arrive in Osaka by the international flight, you will be Kansai airport. Please find the information in the post below:

If you take a domestic flight to get Osaka, your flight may arrive in this airport, Itami. But some domestic flight arrive in Kansai too. Please make sure which airport you will arrive in Osaka.

In this post, I will tell you about the terminal building of Itami airport and the access to/from downtown Osaka.

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2 days Trip to Kinugawa Onsen and Edo Wonderland

I visited Edo Wonderland in Kinugawa Onsen in March, 2019. I visited there with my family member who are from Canada. Some of them do not understand Japanese at all. I also took a few children from 7 years old to 10 years old. In this post, I would like to tell the story from the point of the view of the traveler with the foreign tourist and young children.

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Summary of 2019 summer seasonal trains of JR trains

Summer is very hot and humid in Japan. It is not the best season to travel. However summer is very busy travel season. In Japan, most public schools have summer break from July 20 to August 31. This period is busier than usual. Especially mid August is called “Obon”. This is one of the busiest season. Many local residents go back to hometown and spend the time with their family. It is Japanese tradition. Many of trains are booked out very quickly. Please see the link below to learn more:

All JR companies add lots of seasonal trains during all summer season. In this post, I show you many seasonal trains that will run in major tourist spots between July and September.

*If you look for the seasonal train schedule until June, please see the following link:

*Fall seasonal train schedule (October and November) will come up in late August. But you can find some of JR Kyushu train schedules until February, 2020.

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Trip to Universal Studio Japan Osaka in the spring break

It was not very crowded at the entrance gate.

My daughter and my wife are the big fan of Harry Potter. And they wanted to visit Universal Studio Japan in Osaka to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This trip report is not related to the train travel and there are many resources of Universal Studio Japan. However my trip report may help you for your visit to USJ. I will share my experience with you in this post.

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Hokkaido Train Guide. Guide of the access route to major places in Hokkaido by train

Aoi Ike (blue pond) near Biei

Hokkaido is very very popular destination. There are lots of places to see. However this island is quite large. You must know the best way between the places to save your trip time.

In this post, I will show you the train network in Hokkaido. You will find most time efficient way.

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The list of train company public wifi connection

The mobile connection is essential in these days. The number of overseas tourists to Japan have been increasing significantly in these day. The demand of the mobile connection are huge. Many train companies provide the free wifi at the station and in some trains as the tourists’ demand.

In this post, I would like to tell you about the free wifi in the train and at the station.

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Rapid Airport train for New Chitose Airport to/from Sapporo and Otaru

Rapid Airport at Sapporo station

Rapid Airport runs between New Chitose airport and Sapporo, Otaru. This is most common and very reliable access for New Chitose airport. I would like to show you about this train in this post.

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Mishima station guide. How to change the trains and the buses to Hakone, Fuji and Shuzenji.

Mishima station south ticket gate building

Mishima is the gateway of the west coast of Izu peninsula, such as Shuzenji. This station is also the departure point of a bus to Fuji and Hakone. You can catch the bus to Lake Kawaguchi and Lake Yamanaka in Fuji area, and Motohakone and Hakonemachi by Lake Ashi in Hakone.

In this post, I will show you many photos of inside and outside of Mishima station. And I will explain about this station structure and transfer among trains and buses.

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Summary of 2019 spring seasonal trains of JR trains

Spring is the amazing season to travel in Japan.

I think everybody agree that spring is the best season to travel. The cherry blossom is amazing, gorgeous and unforgettable. Therefore this season is very busy. Especially the period from late March to early April is the spring break of the public school in Japan. This period is usually the peak period of the cherry blossom in southside of Japan. It is busy season.

Do not forget “Golden Week”. Japan has many holidays from late April to early May. Especially 2019’s Golden Week will be very special. The emperor will retire and the prince will take over. Please see the link below to find the detailed information about the calendar.

2019 busiest period to travel by train. Tips to book your seat in even during the busy period.

JR Group operate lots of seasonal trains during the spring peak period. In this post, I will show you many seasonal trains that will run in major tourist spots until the end of June.

If you are looking for the schedule of the seasonal trains for the summer season (July to September), please see the post below to find the information:

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What to do when a train delay and suspension

I had a trip to Japan in this past October. I had lots of train troubles in this trip. The train operation is usually very stable and reliable in Japan. But a train suspension and/or a train delay may happen on your trip.

I will explain how to deal with these problems, with my experience.

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2019 busiest period to travel by train. Tips to book your seat in even during the busy period.

Hatsumoude is the first visit a shrine or a temple to pray and make a wish on New Year’s day.

You must know that your travel period is a peak season or a shoulder season. I would like to show you the busy period in 2019. You also find some tips when you travel in the peak season in this post.

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Visiting Kumano Sanzan (Kumano three important shrines) in one day.

Yatagarasu (three legs raven) is the symbol of Kumano region.

As I mentioned in the last post, Visited Seikan Train ferry Museum, Memorial ship Hakkodamaru, I gave up on visiting Hokkaido because of the typhoon. I spent one whole day moving to Kii-Katsuura, and on the next day, I went Kumano Sanzan (Kumano Nachi Taisha shrine, Kumano Hongu Taisha shrine, Kumano Hayatama Taisha shrine). I had many places to visit when I decided to give up Hokkaido. But I had to move to the west because of the typhoon. The weather was very rough by typhoon from the Sea of ​​Japan side to the Tohoku area in northern part of Japan. Kumano-Nachi area had been on my wish list for a long time. And this area was one of the sunny places on that day. It was worth spending one whole day to move to get this area.

I would like to show you my trip report to Kumano Nachi area. I also will tell you the deal for this trip.

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Visited Seikan Train Ferry Museum, Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru

Hakkodamaru at Aomori pier

I went to Japan in early October. I was supposed to visit Hokkaido but a typhoon hit there. I was in Aomori but I gave up on visiting Hokkaido. I had some extra time in Aomori and spent this time to visit Seikan Train Ferry museum.

I would like to share my experience to visit this train ferry museum.

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Summary of 2018-19 winter seasonal trains of JR trains

Renovated E3 series for Toreiyu Tsubasa

Winter used to be a shoulder season to travel. However in these days, many foreign travelers visit Japan all year long. Especially northern Japan, such as Hokkaido is very popular for Asian tourist to see the snow. And New Year’s holidays from late December to Early January is the busiest season in Japan. This is very challenging to book a seat in New Year’s holidays period. Do not forget that early February is also busy season in Hokkaido because of Sapporo winter festival.

JR Group operate lots of seasonal trains during a winter season. In this post, I show you many seasonal trains that will run in major tourist spots until the end of February.

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