UP Garage stores are that kind of businesses that if your are a JDM lover must visit if you have the opportunity to travel to Japan. In almost every city, you will find one of these stores.
UP Garage shops differ of the also well known SuperAutobacs because the great market of second hand parts that is really impressive with incredible prices for other human beings non japanese compared to what we usually find in forums or on eBay for sale. Of course it is also possible to buy new parts for all models and all kinds of accessories but the more obvious is the thousands of second hand parts.
The store is located in Kyoto Route 1 linking Kyoto and Osaka by stretches of motorway and dual carriageway. This is the section where you can travel from one city to another completely free highway payment. This road is also called Keihan Road (京阪 道路).
If you do not have a car, which can be very normal if your are on holidays, then everything changes. Get here using public transport is quite complicated, also you need to use the train and the bus. The bus stop is a few meters from the entrance of UP Garage so there is still a positive side.
HOW TO ARRIVE
To get from the city center of Kyoto for example from Kyoto Station you should take the Kinketsu Kyoto Line towards Tanbabashi Station. There are exactly 6 stops taking approximately 11 minutes to travel from station to station.
Kyoto Station main view.
In Tanbabashi Station you have to change to another line, we are now looking for the Keihan Line towards Kuzuha Station (樟 葉 駅) this tour is also 6 stops, although a little longer with a duration of about 18 minutes.
Tanbabashi Station entrance.
Kuzuha Station is just the start of the odyssey, here you are out of tourist influx. The tricky part is that you are now moving on the outskirts of the city. Travelling by bus requires a little patience but if you follow carefully the instructions you will reach your goal.
You are now in Hirakata, and the train station is just one minute walk to the bus stop, but it is important to go in the right direction so pay close attention to the posters announcing bus stops (バ ス).
Find the line 16 of the Yamanote Line towards Suihaku (水 珀). There are a total of 8 stops the drop off at Suihaku. You are just 15 meters away of UP Garage.Congratulations, you got it.
Here the is just some example of what can you find inside the shop but there will be a new cover of the shop itself. Stay tuned.