Japan Introduces New Series E7 Shinkansen

Japan has introduced a new high-speed train to its extensive Shinkansen network. Operator JR East launched its first dual-system Series E7 Shinkansen trainsets in revenue service yesterday, deploying the first units on “Asama” services between Tokyo and Nagano. Developed jointly with JR West (which has ordered its own build designated Series W7) and crafted by … Continue reading

Hoshinoya Kyoto Reopens After Refurbishment

Luxury Japanese ryokan Hoshinoya Kyoto has reopened following a 4-month long refurbishment. Nestled in the hills of Arashiyama alongside the Oi river, the charming resort suffered typhoon damage and closed for repairs late last year, taking the opportunity to undertake remodeling and upgrades.   Evoking a sense of traditional Japan with subtle modernity, the 25 … Continue reading