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Video Diary – Using The Fare Adjustment Machine

The train system is highly efficient in Japan but it can be confusing and daunting at times especially when you look at a transit map. You’re not alone there though, even the locals sometimes struggle with knowing exactly how much a fare will cost at their destination. Every station has these handy Fare Adjustment machines where you insert your ticket at your destination and it tells you if you’re short on the fare and need to insert more coins to complete your trip. The machine then issues a new ticket with the correct fare and you can exit through the turnstiles. Very handy, right?

Here’s a video of me illustrating how to use the machines and what you need to look out for.

See Japan, Google Street View Style ;)

Google keeps innovating and pushing the creative boundaries and this has never been more evident than with their latest effort. Through Google Maps, they’ve added a new layer of perspective to Google Street View. Dropping the usual approach of taking snapshots using a camera mounted on a van, they’ve been taking their staff to tourist hotspots on bikes and taking snaps at a lower level. From the Hiroshima A-bomb Dome, Kamakura Daibatsu and even Sapporo’s Maruyama Zoo, hit the video below for a peek at what they’ve been up to and below that you’ll find a list of sites you can check out as well.