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This country will ruin you for trains — they're on time, clean, plentiful and go everywhere. These qualities do not go unappreciated by locals, as you can tell from the strong train culture that includes station-specific rubber stamps and branded souvenirs.
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Most people, including myself, hear the word Gion and immediately think of Memoirs of a Geisha. While Gion is definitely known for the elusive Geiko's and Maiko's that roam the streets after dark, there is a lot more to this neighborhood that...
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1 Chome Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
Japan has some of the fastest, most reliable trains in the world. One measure of how much locals appreciate them is the glee in kids' faces when a Shinkansen glides past their commuter train. Or they line up in front of the sloped nose of a parked...
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Tokyo's morning rush hour can leave you feeling like a drone. I stepped out of the river of people leaving Shinagawa Station and into The City Bakery to pause for a peaceful breakfast and iced latte. Delicious all around, especially the shaved...
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3 Chome-15 Kasuga, Nishi Ward, Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture 860-0047, Japan
Kumamoto Station's eki stamp is located just outside the turnstiles of the east exit. If you're exiting those turnstiles, it will be on your left tucked away in a little alcove. If you don't see it, ask the information desk directly in front of...