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    Osaka Auto Messe 2018

    Osaka Auto Messe 2018

    If you're travelling in the Kansai area in February, there's a car show you don't want to miss: The Osaka Auto Messe! The Tokyo Auto Salon held earlier in January usually sets the tone on new trends but the Messe is the show for more yancha (wild) projects. 
    Last year Auto Messe was really exciting and it felt like we would be able to see more bosozoku oriented project in the future. So, naturally, we went to this edition with our hopes high... but, to be honest, left it with our belly empty. Luckily, quantity and quality are 2 different things, and we truly enjoyed seeing new faces and catch up with old friends!
      
    JDM Tsurikawa Osaka Auto Messe Train Handle Drift Ring
     Once again, Big Factory Kittan brought a bunch of bosozoku inspired bikes. The brand, located in the northern part of Osaka, is very popular among youngsters looking for old bike parts and cool accessories. 
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Osaka Auto Messe Train Handle Drift Ring
     Beet is still producing a lot of parts for old bikes, but those side covers are now hard to find (disconnected)!
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Osaka Auto Messe Train Handle Drift Ring
     Absolutely in love with the color theme on this GS400!
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Osaka Auto Messe Train Handle Drift Ring
     Technical Service is famous for its incredible Candy paint jobs. Here is an example on the CBX400F they displayed at their booth.
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Osaka Auto Messe Train Handle Drift Ring
     This cap style helmet is very popular among bosozokus (when they wear one…). Technical Service brought some cool customized ones, including Candy Paint rare (and very expensive) models.
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Osaka Auto Messe Train Handle Drift Ring
    Once again, our friends from Hello Special had a large booth and brought a lot of new demo cars!
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Osaka Auto Messe Train Handle Drift Ring
    The famous 86 Carry has been completely redesigned, with new wide fenders, original wheels and a Deppa style spoilers.
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Osaka Auto Messe Train Handle Drift Ring
     The little Kei truck gives quite an impression from this angle!
       
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Osaka Auto Messe Train Handle Drift Ring
     This L50 Carry embrace the Dekotora style, but in smaller format! Very cute!
       
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Osaka Auto Messe Train Handle Drift Ring
     Oda-san (Hello Special big boss) posing next to his new "Eight Six" 14x10J wheel! Crazy!
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Osaka Auto Messe Train Handle Drift Ring
    New this year, a booth with Dekotora plastic models and dedicated accessories.
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Osaka Auto Messe Train Handle Drift Ring
     Kids could also create their own design using special pen to illuminate LEDs.
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Osaka Auto Messe Train Handle Drift Ring
     If you're very patience, that's how it can look like!
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Osaka Auto Messe Train Handle Drift Ring
     This Dekotora model is made out of paper! It even has LED's to shine in the dark!
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Osaka Auto Messe Train Handle Drift Ring
     Really clean Celica XX (by RIAN) with huge Takeyari muffler! It's nice to see some raw "yancha" cars at the show, while everybody else is focusing only on recent trends!
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Osaka Auto Messe Train Handle Drift Ring
     The WORK Equip are a perfect match for the Toyota! Nice stretch on the back too!
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Osaka Auto Messe Train Handle Drift Ring
    Our favorite car of the show! The Vivid Cluster Suzuki Every (van) was without a doubt the coolest car around, with a lot of nice details and a very cute livery!
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Osaka Auto Messe Train Handle Drift Ring
     Inspired from the Kaido Racers, the external oilcooler is a "must have" on this kind of project!
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Osaka Auto Messe Train Handle Drift Ring
     Love the 4 heart lights! Impossible to find nowadays!
      
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     So happy to find our original Kyoto Tsurikawa both inside and outside the car! Thank you guys! m(_ _)m
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Osaka Auto Messe Train Handle Drift Ring
     Once again, the beauty is in the detail!
       
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Osaka Auto Messe Train Handle Drift Ring
     The Kimono Kyoto Tsurikawa is probably our most popular model in Japan. 
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Osaka Auto Messe Train Handle Drift Ring
     K Break is a very famous brand in the Kansai area. They've built some of the craziest VIP sedan over the past 10 years. But the shop is also famous for its modified bikes.
       
     JDM Tsurikawa Osaka Auto Messe Train Handle Drift Ring
     The Liberty Walk Lamborghini Miura (based on a Ford GT40) was one the highlights of the show! Kato-san knows how to please the crowd!
     
     That's all for this year! Don't hesitate to leave a comment if you want us to cover more of the event next time or if you have any question!
    Yoroshiku!

    JCCA New Year Meet

    JCCA New Year Meet

     The JCCA Classic Car Festival is one of the oldest and no doubt, one of the largest, vintage car show in Japan. Usually held on the last Sunday of January, it manages to gather hundreds of cars and thousands of oldschool enthusiasts, despite the freezing temperatures. Well, at least the cars are happy! 
    The JCCA has some simple rules in order to enter, and is good mix of ultra clean, bone stock, old ladies and race cars (or replicas). The event is also famous for its trade booth, where you can find, if you are very patient, rare parts or vintage accessories. 
     JDM Tsurikawa JCCA Classic Car Festival
     Odaiba has been hosting the event since the very first edition. Unfortunately, it might be the last time to have the iconic Fuji TV building on the background as the parking might be turned into a shopping center later on this year... (T_T)
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa JCCA Classic Car Festival
     Can't get enough of Teru-san's Datsun Sunny B110!
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa JCCA Classic Car Festival
    Everything is in the details! The Marchal yellow lights are as rare as desirable.
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa JCCA Classic Car Festival
     A classic car party wouldn't be complete without some tsurikawas!
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa JCCA Classic Car Festival
     One of the cleanest 2T-G around! Mandatory Mikuni carbs!
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa JCCA Classic Car Festival
     Straight from Truck Yaro! This movie series was aired between 1975 and 1979. It is said to be the origin of the Dekotora phenomenon! 
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa JCCA Classic Car Festival
     The Holy Grail, right here. A lot of Skyline GT rock the GT-R emblem in Japan. You have to look close to make sure you have a real legend in front of you!
     
      
    JDM Tsurikawa JCCA Classic Car Festival
      A12 engine with FCR carbs. You'd be surprise how loud this little thing can be!
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa JCCA Classic Car Festival
     Talking about Datsun Cherry, have you ever wondered where the angry tails lights often installed on Kenmeri or Butaketsu come from? Now you know! (^_^)
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa JCCA Classic Car Festival
     Famous Leyton House Datsun Sunny B310 Replica.
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa JCCA Classic Car Festival
     The inside the beast covered with Black Emperor stickers, one of the most famous bosozoku gang. (The Swastika is not a Nazi symbol here)
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa JCCA Classic Car Festival
    Interesting color on this Nissan Skyline Japan! 
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa JCCA Classic Car Festival
     This Levin TE51 signed by Wizard rocks a set of stock steel wheels impossible to find nowadays.
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa JCCA Classic Car Festival
     The Skyline gang ψ(`∇´)ψ
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa JCCA Classic Car Festival
     This is the very first twin cam engine produced in Japan! Who knows where it comes from? (Drop us an email with the name of the first car using a twin cam engine in Japan and we'll send you a free keychain!)
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa JCCA Classic Car Festival
    It is really hard to find large tires in 13 or 14 inch now. People are willing to pay a lot of money for those piece of wood. Sorry, piece of rubber... m(_ _)m
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa JCCA Classic Car Festival
     Hayashi Racing engine head cover for A series engines (*゚▽゚)
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa JCCA Classic Car Festival
     Hayashi-shachou told us they will soon start to produce the Yayoi wheel in 15 inch! Prepare your credit card!
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa JCCA Classic Car Festival
     Is there anything cuter than a Publica? Yes! 6 Publica! 
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa JCCA Classic Car Festival
     The JCCA event is the paradise for the rare parts diggers! You have a lot of crap of course, but really cool stuff too!
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa JCCA Classic Car Festival
     Some more tsurikawa love!
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa JCCA Classic Car Festival
    While the main event is more focused on classic, clean cars (with certain rules to enter), the sub-meet next to it is a place for wilder species. 
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa JCCA Classic Car Festival Crystal blue tsurikawa: very rare to spot one into the wild!
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa JCCA Classic Car Festival
     Unfortunately, we missed the van meet. No matter if you like them or not, you have to admire the efforts put into those creations!
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa JCCA Classic Car Festival
     Not a lot of bikes this year... Probably because of the heavy police presence. (T_T)
     
     
    Bye bye Odaiba! It was fun! Hopefully, next year venue will allow more cars to join the party! 

    Hello Special 10th Anniversary Charity Event

    Hello Special 10th Anniversary Charity Event

    If you've been following us for some time now, you probably remember our coverage of the Osaka Kyusha Expo last year. After 2 years of scarcity, Oda-san, the man behind Hello Special, came back with a vengeance, and put together a trouble free "boso event" near Osaka city. When you gather some of the wildest folks around, it's not an easy task at all! And it was a huge success!
    Back then, most people didn't really realized it.. but it was just an appetizer! Oda-san had already something bigger in mind... The 10th anniversary of Hello Special! The date and details of the big party were announced earlier this year and it quickly became the most anticipated event of 2017.
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     The boss himself, in his KenMeri, ready to join the parade.
     
    Hello Special is a small shop located in the Kyoto area, specialized in Kei Trucks (small trucks widely used in Japan to move small stuff around) and Gurachan (decorated vintage Japanese cars. More info > here <). 86 Special (pronounce "halo supeshalu". In Japanese, 8 is hachi and 6 is loku, so "HA", for 8 and "LO", for 6 > halo = hello... You got it!) is "only" 10 years old, but Oda-san has been around for a while. After retiring from the bosozoku life (he was the most respected member in the Kansai aera) he created a club dedicated to cars and bikes called Car Club Hello. The family grew rapidly and after few years, he naturally decided to launch his own shop and brand. Hello Special was born!
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
    Toyota Cresta 70 on SSR Mark II
     
    More than 500 cars, trucks and bikes (mainly cars though) showed up to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Hello Special. The event was huge! Bigger than mass market events organized at the same location! We're not gonna lie, it felt good! Teams from all over Japan came to Maishima Island (west part of Osaka, near Universal Studios). Some even drove all the way from Nagasaki, 800km down south! Now this is dedication!
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Liberty Walk KenMeri and Savanna
     
    Few month ago, Liberty Walk organized a really cool event in Mie (J-Nation). Oda-san was their and LB returned the favor. Kato-san brought his Mazda Savanna, which was, hands down, the nosiest car around. Probably the nosiest car ever!
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Nissan Skyline Japan with a cool takeyari coming out of the bonnet!
     
     
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     Oilcoolers out!
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     What's better than a tsurikawa? Two tsurikawas!  ٩( ᐛ )و
       
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    Nice deppa (long lip spoiler) on those 2 Skyline Japan!
       
     JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
    An other C210 Japan, narrow body this time. 
        
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    Rear passengers are welcomed by a pair or Bad Romance tsurikawas.
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     And handful of dekotura (decorated trucks) joined the party. 
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
    And those share the road with their civilized friends!
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
    A Hello Special party wouldn't complete without a bunch of modified Kei trucks!
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Hello Special original Suzuki Carry with complete wide body kit.
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
    Digging the Fanta livery on this little one!
       
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Clean Suzuki GS400
       
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     The day is organized around the parades. Oda-san opened the first one on his scooter!
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Can you believe they drove this "thing" from Nagasaki (the Toyota Crown was transported by ferry, but still!).
     
     
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     Hentai! (^o^)/
     
     
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     Takeyari experts from Nagoya.
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Kato-san (Liberty Walk) reeving his Sexy Savanna is something you'll never forget! (((o(*゚▽゚*)o)))♡
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku eventThe LB Team brought some serious machines!
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Nissan Laurel C130
     
      
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    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
      Nissan Laurel C130 Butaketsu
       
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
      Toyota Celica XX 61
        
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     "No camera"? This Suzuki Alto (yes!) was probably the must photographed car of the show!
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Nice work Body Make, nice work...
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     The famous Dai Candy and his "Yonmeri".
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Agotan Racing from Nagasaki and their Agobana V3 (Savanna)
     
        
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Still Agotan Racing, but with the Agosuka Go! Go! Go! (Hakosuka)
     
      
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Need those Marshall home made tail lights!
     
     
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    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Costumes on point for the fellows riding this Cedric Y30!
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Nissan Skyline Japan
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     If only the real ones had cool MarkII like this...
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
    The Celica is not a common base but surely works perfectly! 
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Hakosuka 4 door
     
       
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
    Nissan Skyline Yonmeri blasting thought the crowd
     
      
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Rotary powered KenMeri!
     
       
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Same Yonmeri, perfect! The name "Yonmeri" is usually used for the 4 door version of the KenMeri Skyline (yon = 4 in Japanese)
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Nissan Laurel Benz Wannabe
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Best Nissan KenMeri of the show, by Liberty Walk
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Toyota Crown Athlete (left) and Cresta 50 (right)
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Nissan Leopard 30 (left) and Toyota Cresta 60 (right)
      
     
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     More tsurikalove!
      
     
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     Toyota Soarer 20
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Beautiful MarkII 30 Grande!
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Pair of original Mikami tsurikawas  ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Toyota Soarer 10
     
      
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     And the award of best takeyari goes to...
      
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Those shapes  (*゚∀゚*)
     
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     Agotan Racing Team
     
     
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     Hello Special campaign girl wearing a tokkoufuku.
     
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     One more shot of the Body Make Butaketsu (Pig butt in Japanese).
      
     JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Nissan Laurel C230 4 door
     
     JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Nissan Laurel C130 4 door
     
      
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
     Have a safe trip back to Nagasaki!  (*゚▽゚)ノ
     
      
    JDM Tsurikawa Hello Special bososoku event
    See you next year!
     

    Fujikawaguchiko Auto Jamboree 2017

    Fujikawaguchiko Auto Jamboree 2017

    In the past few years, zokusha meets (bikes and cars) became more accepted in Japan. Thanks to smart plannings, those events are now viewed as cultural heritage and no more as gangster gathering. The Fujikawaguchiko Auto Jamboree, for instance, was organized by two of the most notorious bosozoku teams in Kanto area, Speckter and CRS, but also helped to raise founds for the protection of the Mount Fuji. 10 years ago, it would have been impossible for them bring together thousands of zoku bikes and cars like they did in Fujiten! Or at least not without dozens of Police cars joining the party! The two teams collaborated for the 4th year in a row and can now claim to be behind one of the biggest event of this kind in Japan!
    This year, we joined our friends at Hello Special for 400km road trip between Kyoto and Fujiten Snow Resort!
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Fuji Jamboree
     It's midnight, The Butaketsu is loaded and we're ready to take off!
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Fuji Jamboree
    2 cars and 1 trailer... It can only mean 1 thing: We will have to drive the Skyline Japan!
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Fuji Jamboree
    The Hello Special Japan rocks massive Liberty Walk Works fenders.. No need to say she gets a lot of attention!
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Fuji Jamboree
    Summer nights are pretty hot and humid in Japan. Without AC, long trips like this are real challenges! Windows down all the way!
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Fuji Jamboree
    Both front and rear wheels are 12J wide. Over 100km/h, you'd better keeps both hands on the steering!
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     First stop for a quick coffee...
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Fuji Jamboree
    And second stop to get some rest and breakfast. The 86Special Japan is out of this world!
      
    JDM Tsurikawa Fuji Jamboree
    Gyudon to start the day!
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Fuji Jamboree
    Checking the weather to avoid driving in the rain...
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Fuji Jamboree
     Finally reach Shin-Fuji IC! Getting some gas before heading to Fujiten resort.
      JDM Tsurikawa Fuji Jamboree
    As we approach the venue, the weather gets better and Fuji-san reveals itself. What a view!
      
    JDM Tsurikawa Fuji Jamboree
    Booth set up, now time to walk around and get some shots! 
      
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      Tsurikawas! Tsurikawas everywhere! <3
     
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    Bosozoku at heart, Kato-san from Liberty Walk wouldn't miss the Jamboree for anything in the world!
     
    JDM Tsurikawa Fuji Jamboree
    He's RX3 was the loudest and certainly the coolest machine of the event, hands down!
     
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    If you thought boso was a guy thing, think again!
     
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    Few months to wait until the next major Zokusha event (Osaka Kyusha Expo)! Stay tuned for more boso content! (^o^)/

    Wakayama Train Adventure

    Wakayama Train Adventure

     

    We love trains. Trains are not only the safest and fastest way to commute, they're also an important part of Japanese culture. In Japan, you have trains everywhere and they almost never stop! With people leaving rural areas for big cities, some lines struggle because of the lack of customers. In order to keep the trains running, companies converted them into attractions. The Wakayama Kishigawa Line (貴志川線) is a perfect example of this conversion! The 15km line, located in the south of the Kansai prefecture, links the cites of Wakayama and Kishi and features 4 different trains: the Tama Densha, the Ichigo Densha, Umebushi Densha and Omocha Densha. The last one (toy train) is especially designed for kids, with tons of games and toys inside, and only runs on week days.

     

    Isn't Idakiso the cutest little station you ever saw? That's where we started our journey! The line starts at Wakayama city, but it's better to ride the train from an other smaller station and get a proper immersion.

     

    You can purchase cat related goods in most stations. 

     

     The "Tama Densha" (Cat Train) is the main attraction and the most popular one.

     

     Carefull not to have your paw stuck up in the doors!

     

     Inside the train, there's library with all sort of cat and train related books.

     

     The tsurikawas are made of wood, with a unique shape. (Need one of those for our private collection!)

     

     Interior is very comfy, with wooden decoration and nice sofa-like seats.

     

     Close-up on the Tama Tsurikawa (OvO)

     

     Photos and drawings everywhere to remind you who is the boss the train line!

     

     Speaking of boss, surrounding the time schedule and station list, you can find photos of all the former train station Masters.

     

     And of course, you can also meet the current Train Station Master in person: Nitama! Spending most of his days sleeping...

     

     At Kishi station (end of the line) there is a goods shop with all kind of cat related products.

     

     Sweets, packed in a metal box, very popular in Japan!

     

     T-shirts with a portrait of the Master! 

     

     To be honest, there is not much to do around Kishi station, but you can chill a moment at the Tama Cafe...

     

     And get a Hot Cat (no hot dog available, sorry...) and an ice cream coffee!

     

     On the way back, don't hesitate to pick an other train, like the Ichigo (strawberry) for example!

     

     Different atmosphere here, with strawberries everywhere! 

     

     Even on seat covers!

     

     Remember the blog post we did on the Heart-Shapped Tsurikawa? (>here<) Well, we found Heart-shaped tsurikawa in the Ichigo train! \(^o^)/ 

     

     In the middle of the line, next to Oike Yuen station (大池遊園), you can find a little lake and relax there for a couple of hours.

     

     And on your way back home, don't hesitate to ride the Umeboshi Densha (Salt Plum Train) and add an other flavor to your experience!

     If you travel in the Kansai area and want to get off the beaten track, don't hesitate to head to Wakayama and ride with the Kishi Line!