Railway enthusiasts have flocked to Niigata Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast, to say farewell to the well-known 485 series express trains.
The trains were first operated by the former Japanese National Railways. East Japan Railways, or JR East, took over the service. The trains have been a familiar sight in the prefecture for many decades.
JR East decided to retire the trains after the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train line opened between Tokyo and Kanazawa 2 years ago.
Last weekend, the train was packed with passengers as it made its final runs. The farewell memorial trip was held to pay tribute to the series before the cars are scrapped.
On a day in early February that saw a dusting of snow, about 70 people from 11 countries visited Aizuwakamatsu in Fukushima Prefecture. The visitors - from countries including France, Spain and Italy - were participating in a tour organized by Tokyo-based travel agency Miki Tourist Co. (the-japan-news.com)
Universal Studios Japan on Wednesday unveiled the world's largest amusement area featuring the popular animated movie characters the Minions ahead of the area's official opening on Friday. (Japan Today)