Riding On One Of The World’s Seven Dangletrains

Learning recently that there were only seven suspended railways operating in the world was a surprise, and hearing that two of them were in Japan was something I didn’t expect either. Some of this information came off the back of watching a Tim Traveller YouTube video (You can watch it at the foot of this post) about a dangletrain in Düsseldorf in Germany.

The two Japanese upside-down trains are both in reasonable close vicinity to Tokyo with one in Continue reading

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TF Flashback: Movie Location Hunting & Sightseeing In New York City (2012)

It’s said that New York is the true home of cinema with hundreds and hundreds of movies being filmed there each and every year so a decade ago I thought it was time I try and cover a selected handful of shooting locations from the Big Apple.

On a 5 day trip to the USA I managed to cover movie locations from such films as ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961), ‘The Bourne Supremacy (2004), Continue reading

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I Finally Got To See Naomi Osaka Play Tennis But It Didn’t Quite Go To Plan!!

Four time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka was back in Tokyo last week to defend the title she won when the Toray Pan Pacific Open (PPO) tournament last took place in 2019. I’ve actually been following the ups and downs of her career since about 2015 but had still never seen her play live until this tournament. I have now seen her play but Continue reading

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Watching Football In Niigata At The Stadium Used In The 2002 FIFA World Cup

England played in five different Japanese cities in the FIFA World Cup 2002. They were in Saitama, Sapporo, Osaka, Shizuoka and Niigata with the latter one being a game which I often forget about. It was against Denmark in the Second Round but because Continue reading

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Cycling To Every Inari Shrine In Tokyo’s 23 Wards: The Fox Top Collection

One of the quirks of this epic Tokyo cycling challenge was to wear a fox-related top to loosely tie in with the Inari Shrines where kitsune (foxes) are revered. The majority of the tops I wore were related to Leicester City whose nickname is the foxes, but there were a few other ones. I’ll let you peak behind the curtain here and reveal that I Continue reading

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Retrospective Alphabet Dating In Greater Tokyo S00E02: F-I


Whilst season two of alphabet dating is taking place I thought I could fill that void with a restrospecive series which is certainly an easier operation as they were not done in alphabetical order which can be a little stressful and frustrating at times.

Season 0 will throw back to places and things we’ve done in Greater Tokyo since 2011. I generally hate the term Continue reading

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Cold Lemon Ramen, A Ghibli-Like Temple, Local Green Cola, Video Cassette Tapes, Spicy Chicken McNuggets & An Awe-Inspiring Sea Cave


It may have been the rainy season on this particular visit to the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture but there was thankfully very little wet weather and so we could enjoy a relaxing week at the house with a couple of side-trips included too.

Staying in the countryside is a far cry from our urban life in Tokyo with all the convenience that it offers. There’s not that much to do at times so Continue reading

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Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi Series Costumes On Display At Tokyo’s Hottest Toy Shop


In the wake of the Star Wars prequels coming to an end in 2005 I have to say that I never thought I’d see the day when actor Ewan McGregor returned to his role as a Jedi Master. A few months ago though that did happen when the Obi-Wan Kenobi series aired on Disney Plus. Even my wife was interested in seeing this show so we rewatched the prequel films before then watching and enjoying the six-part series together.

I really liked being able to see the ‘Back To The Future‘ costumes at Toy Continue reading

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Tokyo Daytripper: Beached Out In Yuigahama & Enoshima (+Blue Denim Steamed Buns & Ice Cream!)


The question of when I last went swimming came up in a lesson back in early August and for the life of me I really could not remember * as it had been so long. That’s a different story now after I took a recent dip in the sea at one of Continue reading

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TF Flashback: 15 Years On From Ascending Mount Fuji But I’m Still Yet To Climb It For A 2nd Time! (2007)

“A wise man climbs Mount Fuji once but only a fool climbs it again!”

That proverb may be true but within a couple of years of ascending Mount Fuji for the first time I became interested in doing a follow-up climb. When we did the original climb in 2007 it actually began from the 5th station which is already over Continue reading

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