Tokyo day trip: riding into Shibamata on Tora-san’s coat-tails

Intro This post started with a question from one of my readers: what is Katsushika? A few things come to mind: Katsushika 葛飾区 is one of Tokyo’s 23 main wards; it’s on the fringes and probably one of the least well-known The Nakagawa river 中川 dominates the geography of the ward, essentially splitting it down the middle While riding the Skyliner to Narita Airport, Katsushika surrounds…

Japan Open-Air Folk House Museum (Kawasaki City)

There’s a wonderful museum in Kawasaki not too far from central Tokyo: Japan Open-Air Folk House Museum / 川崎市立日本民家園 (Kawasaki Municipal Nihon Minka-en) The museum has over 20 historic houses that illustrate traditional Japanese folk architecture. The houses were moved from other parts of Japan to this park in the hills of western Kawasaki. This brochure shows all of the structures,…

Kobe, taxes, and hills: the golf courses of Hyogo Prefecture ゴルフ場利用税堅持のための全国市町村連盟

The Kobe Golf Club 神戸ゴルフ倶楽部, built in 1903, is the first golf course in Japan, and still operates today. Perched approximately 931 meters[1] above sea level, the club’s location is a reminder of how the physical development of Kobe is greatly influenced by the steep hills pinning the city against the ocean. (Photo source) Here are some pictures from Venus Bridge…

Visit beautiful Kawasaki! (You can’t get there from here!) かわいい川崎に行こう

Kawasaki-ku 川崎区 is not known for tourism. Ask Wikipedia and you’ll find that the city has been known for “grime, labor unrest, organized crime and pollution-related diseases.” So it’s a surprise to me (and my coworkers) that I so often find myself in Kawasaki. I. The world’s shortest escalator On three occasions I’ve visited the world’s shortest escalator, located…