Category Archives: Quirky Japan

Hidden Treasures Along The Keio Line #5 – National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)

The Keio Line principally connects Shinjuku to the western side of Tokyo with seven different lines running through to the likes of suburban city Hachiōji and the mountainous area at Takaosanguchi. All of it’s stations actually lie within the boundaries of Tokyo and, thanks to … Continue reading

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Tokyo Modern Architecture #4

For all its good points, Tokyo ain’t half one ugly looking city with buildings pretty much erected (and pulled down) willy nilly without any thought to the environment around it. However, amid all the chaos of such a concrete jungle … Continue reading

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The Natural Island In Eastern Tokyo You Probably Didn’t Know About!

Think of islands in Tokyo and the mind will likely come up with the Izu-Ogasawara Islands which are two groups of volcanic and tropical islands lying south of Tokyo stretching for 1000 kilometres into the Pacific Ocean. Some others may … Continue reading

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Interesting Japanese Playground Structures #15

Many of the parks and children’s playgrounds in Japan, particularly in Tokyo, are quite poor compared to other countries in terms of space, surroundings and a lack of grass. However, a handful of them do tend to possess extremely creative structures … Continue reading

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Tokyo Daytripper: The Floating Service Station In The Middle Of Tokyo Bay

For a long, long time I’ve been aware that there was a way of crossing Tokyo Bay by car but I just assumed it was a tunnel. Little did I know that it was a mix of both tunnel and … Continue reading

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The Virtually Abandoned Station Just Over The Border From Tokyo

Recent travels in the northern parts of Japan’s mainland have seen me whizzing past many unmanned stations. It’s not really a surprise to see them in the countryside but it’s rare to see such a thing so close to Tokyo. … Continue reading

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The Sighting Of This Mysterious Hotel Is Very Much For Real

There really is no difficulty in identifying this particular building over in one of Tokyo’s bordering prefectures.   It’s not often I venture on over to Chiba these days other than for flights from Narita Airport or the annual Tokyo … Continue reading

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