The Kamome train (which means seagull) is a high-speed train that operates on lines owned by JR Kyushu and between the cities of Fukuoka and Nagasaki in the year 1976. Before it had service between Kyoto and Hakata (Fukuoka), but with the completion of the line of Shinkansen to Fukuoka in the year 1975, the Kamome moved to its current path. This train in my opinion, is the perfect medium to reach Nagasaki by land, as it is a comfortable and quiet train.
Osaka station is the oldest station in the Kansai region, and it belongs to the JR Group and was first officially opened in May, 1874. The same year, the Kobe station was officially opened, leading the route between the two stations, the first and only performed by those then JR West. The station then became a crucial center for the city, around which the commercial life began developing more than in other areas. In 1934, the electric railway was modernized and soon became a stop on the Tokaido station, now linking Osaka with Tokyo. Currently, it remains one of the main train stations in Japan, where besides JR, connect other subway lines, buses and private companies, and all the while moving around the 500 thousand people per day. Inside the station you can find the hustle and bustle of business especially in the area of hotels and personal services. Also in summer, you see several groups of different disciplines playing live music around the station.
The views from the train are fantastic, especially when you can see the whole bay of Tokyo. You can cross the Rainbow Bridge, although you probably won't have too much time to appreciate the landscape. Sometimes it's better to let a train go past, and wait for the next one so you can sit in the front row: there are no drivers, so you sit directly behind glass, with fantastic views. You can go to the artificial island of Odaiba, where there are many attractions for tourists, shopping and especially the breathtaking view of the bay and the Rainbow Bridge. The station where you can catch the train is in Shinbashi.
Almost all travellers arrive in Kyoto by train, and when they do so, they step in this wonderful modern station, full of shops and restaurants. It's worth climbing to the top where you can admire an open garden and views of different parts of the city. From here you can take long-distance trains, and travel to many different locations.
Kanazawa Station opened in 1898 and is the most important in the city. It's owned by JR West. It has been renovated several times and today, what is striking (in addition to its architecture) are the sculptures nearby. Including Tsuzumi O-Tori, a sculpture that is a mixture between Tsuzumi (traditional Japanese drum strings) and an O-Tori (gate Shinto temples). The station is quite large and has many shops and eateries inside.
Yokohama Station is an important interchange, which is situated in the district of Nishi in the city of Yokohama. It is the busiest station in Kanagawa Prefecture and the fifth busiest in all of Japan. On a daily basis, it is used by about two million people. After several renovations, the current station was inaugurated in 1928. Many lines converge on this station, as it is very well connected to the city of Tokyo. However, if you want to use the bullet train (shinkansen), you have to catch it at Shin-Yokohama Station. At this station there is also a mall called "The Diamond" and lots of shops.
Ikoma Station, Kintetsu belonging to the company, is the principal of this town, and is an interchange of some importance because it is the 1st thing you see after passing the mountains separating Osaka and Nara. Its closeness to the Kyoto Prefecture, make it that the season has gives life to the people of Ikoma, which had a tradition of being a calm village in the valley of Mount namesake. Residential zones on the outskirts of the city also connect to this station through a recent extension, in turn, it is an extension of the subway line in Osaka Chuo called Keihanna line, which means that from the city of Ikoma , one can enter the Osaka subway without changing transport. The main line between Osaka (Namba) and Nara is a must here. Many bus routes in the area start from this point.
Sannomiya Station is the most important of Kobe, even more than Kobe Station. There are many private lines and the JR line (west) that converge at this point, this is the busiest station in the province. We `ll find many restaurants, shopping areas, karaoke bars and arcades. This an interesting environment.
The Gakken Kita Ikoma Station is on the Keihanna line, which runs from the subway station Chuo in Osaka (although it's a part of the Nara prefecture) or by the Kintetsu line, connecting through [poi = 55845] Ikoma [/ poi] station. It was built to communicate residential areas north of the town with the centre, and therefore, with the nearby capitals of Nara and Osaka. It's also the closest station to Nara's "Centre of Science and Technology" or [poi = 54810] NAIST [/ poi].
Nagasaki Station is the main city. The city is elongated and the station is on the south side where the harbor and most of the official buildings in the city government are placed. If what you want is access to the northern part there is mountainous area where homes, restaurants and monuments dedicated to peace (as well as the atomic bomb museum), and it is best thing to do is to get off at the station next door (Urakami). The quickest way to get to the station is the express Kamome Nagasaki because it is not reached by the Shinkansen, and in Hakata you would need to make a connection.
Enoden stands for (Enoshima Electric Railroad), meaning "Enoshima Electric Railway". It is the line joining Kamakura with Fujisawa, the city in where you find Enoshima. This station (Fujisawa) is one of the line terminals. Enoden line itself is quite curious, since both stations and trains are quite old, but very picturesque.
In the heart of the city, until we arrive and depart from all the Shinkansen running through the country. Nagoya Station is more attractive for the fact of being a lump in Japanese terrestrial communications. The building has 2 towers with great views of the city and a number of stores and restaurants.
The easiest and fastest way to get around this city of Aichi. Different subway lines with good information boards that facilitate the guidance to neophytes of the Japanese language. If you're in Nagoya for a weekend, you can buy the Donichi-Eco-Kippu, a metro pass that gives you unlimited trips on the metro and public transportation for only 600 yen.
Like all Japanese stations, Yufuin serves its purpose functionally, but also has its aesthetic role. Unlike other stations of glass, steel or brick, Yufuin station is made completely of wood and steel. An example of original and intelligent architecture adapted to a mountain landscape. The station in the center of the town receives mostly passengers from Oita. There's a Tourist Office and the staff are very helpful and people communicate effectively despite language difficulties and shyness.
The station is Katase-Enoshima Station Odakyu line leading to the Fujisawa area next to the sea and from which one can admire the magnificent Enoshima ... What is most striking in this station is its architecture, as built imitating the shape of traditional East Asian palaces.
The Kintetsu Nara station is in the old city, and is one of the key connection points with major surrounding cities. It has direct lines to Osaka (45 minutes on the express) and Kyoto (55 minutes). It is the closest station to the old town, less than five minutes from Nara Park.