How to visit UP Garage, Kyoto Yawata Shop.

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.

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JZX Spot in Fukakusainarionmae, Kyoto.

Fukakusainarionmae is the main street that leads you to one of the most popular temples in Kyoto. The well known Fushimi Inari temple.

It is a very narrow street surrounded by hundreds of every kind of small business. Food, art crafts, traditional japanese sweets, kimonos and whatever you have in mind. It is totally prohibited to park and the street is just one way heading the city centre. Continue reading JZX Spot in Fukakusainarionmae, Kyoto.

Photos of Nara-shi, Kansai.

When you get to the ancient city of Nara-shi, things are different from the Japanese megacities like Tokyo, Kyoto or Osaka. Here everything runs more quietly, without so much hurry or stress. Time here moves slowly, and is very easy to catch the antique spirit of the city.

Once you arrive at the train station of Nara (Nara Station) you realize that Nara is a unique city in the Kansai region, and in its train station, run by the JR Company as almost all of the Kansai area, things happen much more slowly. There are no people running everywhere, no queues to get train tickets at the electronic ticket expenders.

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Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi.

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The arrival to the nearest town to the lakes of Fuji-San is done very comfortable as we saw in the previous post in r32taka with the train Company Fujikyuko. The town is called Fujikawaguchiko, with around 25,000 people and is located at the foot of Fuji-San. With a characteristic station like it was virtually out a Swiss Cottage, that makes you feel that this place is very special.japanlastpictures - 39 copia

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The train to Fuji-San

There is a moment in your life, also in yours, that you have to take a plane to Tokyo (Japan) and march to MT Fuji, from now on towards Fuji-San. I know you are a Japanese culture lover and Fuji-San is the proper way to call the mountain.

It is certainly, one of the most charismatic mountains of planet Earth, and as for now we only have the opportunity to travel within it, there is no excuse for you. Mark in your calendar like a must to do travel.

As many of you already know Fuji-San it is among the prefectures of Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures and the truth is that as great point of tourist influx is quite easy to access it. Within the Internet there are a thousand of ways that explain how to get though, but that does not mean that I will explain to you how I get to the lakes.

The Chūō Main Line (中央本線), commonly called the Chūō Line, is one of the major trunk railway lines in Japan. It connects Tokyo and Nagoya. This line is the one I took, very easy access from Shinjuku the business district of Tokyo in about 1 hour you can reach Otsuki which your start point to Fuji-San.

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Otsuki is a small station located 88km away of Tokyo and only 27 km away of Fuji-San that makes Otsuki the best and fastest way to access the lakes around Fuji-San. This particular station is managed between East Japan Railway (JR East) and Fuji Kyuko.

The Fuji Kyuko company which is private company is the one you want to get in order to get to the lakes. The Fujikyuko Line (富士急行線) is a Japanese private railway line in Yamanashi Prefecture, between Ōtsuki Station and Kawaguchiko Station in Fujikawaguchiko district.

I had the opportunity to jump in the 6000 series EMU, which operates since 2012 and is the train you see in the photo below.

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This is the older 1000 Series which is just one year older even if you think is not that modern train.

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But, back to the 6000 Series, the exterior is just natural steel and some blue in the doors and also decorating top and sticker in the side.

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These trains are not the same as the rest you can find the conventional lines between cities. The interior decoration has a superior luxury beautifully finished in wood. Of course like all the trains in Japan the trains of Fujikyu Company are very clean and the staff is very happy to help anytime you can need.

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Between each wagon there are no doors to separate them, instead, there are the typical noren (暖簾) with a dedicated Fuji-San logo in the doors place. This time was the one and only in all the trains I saw with a noren and no doors in a train between wagons.

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The route as I mentioned earlier runs from Otsuki to Kawaguchiko and practically from the kilometer five and from there on towards during the entire way, you can seat and reax in your seat watching the villages bordering the railway line and observing for almost 15 kilometers the magnificent Fuji-San while taking a very pleasant ride.

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By now you are questioning yourself if r32taka is still a car blog or not, but of in order to keep you in touch like a real japanese culture lover, I will ntroduce you the wood made tsurikawa. Latest JDM complement for your car. You have seen the original white tsurikawa, the heart shape tsurikawa and now the latest version wood made specially ordered for the 6000 series EMU trains.

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One last chance to take a picture of Fuji-San before drop off the train at Kawaguchiko Station.

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And then, suddenly after 27 km since we departed from Otsuki we arrived to Kawaguchiko Station (河口湖駅). Even the signal here announcing the station is specially designed for Fuji-San.

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Here all the trains are decorated with a great variety of liveries. From small anime style Fuji tributes…

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To the well known Thomas the train, you should know that Thomas the train cartoons are very popular between japanese kids. These train made the station very colorful giving that spring touch to your visit.

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These two are the last two mark you want to look at, lakes are all around Fuji-San and is very important to do not confuse the in order to get the photos you want to take. As some lakes are too far of Fuji-San.

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This signal of Fuji-San suddently relocates you in the environment which already take almost 2 hours to reach. So many trains of that great variety of colorful liveries almost makes you forget what was your real purpose. To be continued…

Abandoned cars in Kyoto no nishi

Surely it was not the first time walking around the city of Kyoto that I found places like this. To be honest on the outskirts of the ancient Japanese capital we can find some strange places.

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But I say strange places ,because looking at the pictures you will realize that it is the typical japanese housing, the kind that has apartments of about 25 square meters and have a parking space for a neighbor.

So for all you to understand properly, these apartments are usually filled by single or unmarried people, working people, sometimes with a family behind, students who pay the rent with the arubaito (ア ル バ イ ト) (part-time job) and sometimes foreigners. This last option is usually not very common, since many property developers are not willing to rent their reduced apartaments if you have no one to back you up in case you can pay the rent.

When I was in the car park entrance I noticed the Porsche 911 which was near the end. The floor bumper was lying in the ground, windows were down, but the most impressive thing was that the Porsche was rocking RUF alloy wheels… AI took a few pictures of the car quickly, since in many cases the neighbors don’t like too much people walking around their belongings. Is even worst when the typical elder man came to you yelling what are you doing here.

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Often people talked about how nice japanese people is, the truth is that there are places where people are not used to seeing foreign people and see them prowling around them is very alarming situation.

Most of the time when you say something, and answering in Japanese, they usually calm down enough and if you are able to explain what are you doing in japanese then suddenly their mood change suddenly and become very friendly.

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Just in front of the 911, was this S500 Mercedes also abandoned in the parking, telling the truth I didn’t pay much attention to it, I do remember now that I didn’t spend more than 2 minutes in that parking lot.

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Opposite to the S500 was this Honda Odyssey customized and lowered. No one of this cars were in use, as they had no plates on, I really wonder why the owner keep all these cars parked insted than sell them.

IMG_2231 copiaWell is time to say goodbye, I wish you enjoyed the post. I will keep your curiosity for Japan in the next posts so please keep in touch with r32taka for more Japanese content, wheather is weird or not.