Japan travel information

Tokyo to Shimoda, …………..the easiest way.

The easiest way to get to Shimoda is by Odoriko Super Express train. Some of the trains are called Super View Odoriko because they have raised floors and windows that extend to the ceiling so you can enjoy views of the shimmering ocean and the lush landscapes of the Izu peninsula along the way. The journey takes approximatly 2 hours and 40 minutes and costs about ¥5000 depending on your departure station. Below is a list of departures times. There are other departure stations like Shinegawa, Ikebukuro, and Yokohama. For a complete timetable you can check the JR website here. You can also call the super friendly folks at the JR East Eglish info line at:


Shinjuku Station – Izukyu Shimoda Departures:

8:30  /  9:25

Tokyo  Station –  Izukyu Shimoda Departures:

7:30  /  8:00  /  9:00  /  10:00  /  10:30  /  11:00  /  11:30  /  12:00  /  13:00  /  13:30  /  14:00  /  14:30  /  15:30

***Please note, the name of the station you want to get off at is Izukyu Shimoda Station. If you use Hyperderia or Jorudan to search for train schedules and fares, you must use “Izukyu Shimoda” as your destination point. There are other towns and stations called Shimoda in Japan.

****One more note, if you are using another train route, and are transfering in I, take care NOT to board a train bound for “Shimada” (with 2 A’s), be sure to look for a train bound for Izukyu Shimoda.

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Published on: April 6, 2012  -  Filed under: Transportation

道の駅 (Michi-no-Eki)

道 (Michi) means road, の (no) is a possessive like our ‘s, and 駅 (eki) means station. Together you have “Road Station“, which have all of the conveniences of a train station but is made for drivers and their cars. All michi-no-eki are organized by the government, and provide basic travel needs like free 24 hour parking, restrooms, and tourist information. Michi-no-eki is also the hub of many small towns providing them a place to promote tourism and trade. You can often find locally grown veggies, food stalls and restaurants with local specialties, souvenirs, hand-made goods, and sometimes even onsens! Michi-no-eki are government run and merchants are carefully selected to represent the town so you can be sure to find the best food and the most welcoming folks at the road-side michi-no-eki.

The Shimoda michi-no-eki has a great sushi shop you can read about here, and on the first floor you can get the Shimoda Burger I wrote about here.

The Minami Izu michi-no-eki is my favorite place to buy locally grown veggies. They also have bread and other pastries, plants, a gallery with crafts for sale, and excellent soft icecream served with a load of fresh blueberries. I will add it to our recommendation map here. Take note of the michi-no-eki symbol below so you will know where to take a break the next time you are on the road.

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Published on: March 18, 2012  -  Filed under: Transportation