Quick Takes – September 5th, 2018

Hello everyone, it’s Quick Takes time! We have the Fuji San, train yard open day, and more!

  • Japan Map Center had created a website with detailed maps for locations where Fuji San can be viewed in plain view and no obstacles (e.g. cloud). The website is at https://info.jmc.or.jp/fujisankoko/.
  • A follow-up on last week’s news about Tsukiji Market moving to Toyosu. With the Inner Market gone, most of the restaurants inside will also go their separate ways. Some had solid plans to move to Toyosu. For example, Nakaei, the hundred year Indian Curry place, will move to Toyosu on November 7th. Yet, one of the most iconic eatery, Yoshinoya’s flagship shop will not move with the market (Official Twitter post: https://twitter.com/yoshinoyagyudon/status/1034229101534629890). The beef bowl specialist’s Toyosu store will become the flagship. A little history: Yoshinoya’s first shop was with the fish market, where both used to be at Nihonbashi. In 1926, the Great Kanto Earthquake damaged the Nihonbashi market. Yoshinoya followed the market’s move to Tsukiji. According to Yoshinoya’s history, the original Tsukiji shop was destroyed in the firebombing of Tokyo in World War Two. The current shop was rebuilt in 1947, and will close its doors for the last time on October 5th. A memorial site is now online, showing some of the history of this landmark of Tsukiji.
  • Keisei Electric Railway Ueno Station is undergoing remodel now. Their tourist information had finished its remodeling, and is now open. The new center comes with three times more space, resting area and barrier-free support for disabled people. It is now located a short way from the ticket gates, and across from the FamilyMart in the station. Opening hours are from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm all year round.
  • JR West will have its Hakata train yard (map: https://goo.gl/maps/n78QhAwUBh62open for public on October 21st. Main focus will be on the Sanyo Shinkansen, especially the new Hello Kitty Shinkansen train.  (Press release: https://www.westjr.co.jp/press/article/2018/08/page_12924.html) Opening hours will be from 10 am to 4 pm. The closest station to the yard will be Shinkansen Hakata Minami station (map: https://goo.gl/maps/8wyJg8vv9WR2). Since almost all JR West passes (and Japan Rail Pass) can ride Shinkansen, the best way to go there would be by Shinkansen (maybe the Hello Kitty one?).

That’s it for this week, would you use the Fuji San map to find the best spot to see the majestic volcano? Let us know in the comments~