Tokyo (TAN): Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Central) has announced that it will carry out test runs of the new N700S Shinkansen at speeds of up to 360kmph this year, ahead of its scheduled commercial running in fiscal 2020.
Presently, the fastest Shinkanshen – Nozomi using N700 equipment – reaches speeds of 300kmph. The new train, all set to debut on the Tokaido Shinkansen line, will transport passengers faster.
Shin Kaneko, president, JR Central, said, “We aim to carry out test runs at 360 kph this year so that we can demonstrate safety when we export the train to such markets as the United States and Taiwan.”
October 14 (TravelAndy): The Toyosu fish market, which replaces the historic Tsukiji fish market in Japan’s capital city, opened its doors for the first time to the public on Saturday.
Around 40,000 people visited the market, the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world, on the opening day, said reports.
The visitors observed the sales floors for vegetables, fruits and fish through glass walls. They also were able to enjoy seafood at the restaurants, numbering around 100, at the facility. Many of these restaurants had been shifted here from the Tsukiji market, which closed on October 6 after 83 years. Continue reading World’s largest seafood market opens for public
September 16 (TravelAndy): In what is good news to all Japanese comic fans, Japan is all set to use the popularity of their comic, Anime and Manga to promote tourism, this winter.
A total of 88 places are being shortlisted as designated animation spots, across the country. Everyday places like train stations, school campuses, rural shrines and other spots will be developed to depict popular Manga and Anime characters.
Spots where these animation works took place along with animation museums and the houses of Manga and Anime artistes, will be included in the list. Continue reading Japan calling for comic lovers
July 5 (TravelAndy): The temple town Puri in east India’s Odisha state is gearing up to celebrate its famous car festival from tomorrow.
During the festival, the three idols of Puri’s famous 12th century Jagannath temple are brought out of the temple and taken to the Gundicha temple on wooden chariots, called raths.
The deities — Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra — return to the Jagannath temple after a week. Continue reading Puri set for rath yatra (car festival)
July 26 (TravelAndy): Tourists visiting Tokyo might soon get to charge their smartphones free of cost at the city’s popular sight seeing spots, said reports.
The Tokyo metropolitan government recently announced that the first solar-powered battery charging station will be functional by October, 2015.
Tokyo Tower and Toranomon Hills business complex will be the first two tourist spots to get these charging stations. Continue reading Solar phone chargers at Tokyo tourist spots