The Japan Rail Fair Returns This October!



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Back for the second year and proudly organised by Japan Rail Cafe, this fun-filled (mostly) virtual fair will once again soothe restless hearts from yet another year of border closures.

Date: October 2021

This October, The Japan Rail Fair promises an exhilarating ride of free and ticketed live stream programmes (spanning prefectures, such as Akita, Kagoshima, Kanagawa, Aomori, Tokyo, Fukushima, and Wakayama, while immersing sightseers in food, drink and culture during autumn – all via rail, of course), as well as, a special selection of ekiben (railway bento) for dine-in guests at Japan Rail Cafe.

Ticketed Live Programmes

Let’s Enjoy The Countryside By JR East Hachinohe Train Depot

Venue: Facebook Live
Date:
17 Oct 2021
Time: 12pm to 1pm
Fee: $40 per person (VIP Tour Package) | Book tickets here

It’s an escape to the country with the loveable train conductors and drivers from JR East Hachinohe Train Depot! Join them for a seafood barbecue, Senbei Jiru (rice cracker soup) and learn about the local railway and food. Then, kanpai with “Hassen” Japanese Sake by the beautiful Tanesashi Coast.

The VIP Tour Package includes priority engagement with JR East train crew and an exclusive 300ml bottle of “Hassen” Sake, imported just for the event, with free home delivery.

A Train Conductor’s Life In Fukushima By JR East Fukushima Train Depot

Venue: Facebook Live
Date:
23 Oct 2021
Time: 10am to 11am
Fee: $30 per person (VIP Tour Package) | Book tickets here

Train enthusiasts will be thrilled at this opportunity to ‘drive’ an actual train alongside the JR East crew, while experiencing ‘never-before-seen’ views of the Fukushima countryside from the driver’s seat! The VIP Tour Package includes priority engagement with JR East train crew, an original JR EAST itinerary timetable, personalised souvenir nametag, traditional ‘Kokeshi’ craft doll DIY set, handwritten note from the JR East train crew and a surprise gift, along with free home delivery.

Hachinohe and Fukushima depots were the finalists from a voting campaign held in August, where fans voted on which programme they wished to see live. Viewers without the VIP Tour Package ticket can still watch these webinars via live stream on Japan Rail Cafe's Facebook.

Free Live Programmes

You Are Invited To An Autumn Delights Party! By Akita Inu Tourism

Venue: Japan Rail Cafe's Facebook / Youtube
Date:
23 Oct 2021
Time: 12pm to 1pm
Fee: Free

Northern Akita is the focus and one will enjoy nature’s bounty, from picking apples and grapes, to harvesting mushrooms for an autumn-themed party. Four-legged cuties – the adorable Akita Inu dogs – are on the RSVP list as well!

Mikan Village: A Trip To Wakayama's Arida District! By JA Arida

Venue: Japan Rail Cafe's Facebook / Youtube
Date: 
23 Oct 2021
Time: 4pm to 5pm
Fee: Free

Known as the ‘Mikan Village’, the district of Arida in Wakayama Prefecture is the largest producer of mikan oranges in Japan. This programme should whet appetites for the actual mikan that will arrive in Japan Rail Cafe later this year!

DISCOVER NOW LIVE By Tokyo Station City Management Council

Venue: Japan Rail Cafe's Facebook / Youtube
Date: 
16 Oct 2021
Time: 12pm to 1pm
Fee: Free

Join two lively hosts as you solve riddles about food, shopping and history while wandering around the majestic Tokyo Station City!

Other Free Online Programmes

Eat To Explore: The Colours Of Kanagawa

Venue: Japan Rail Cafe's Facebook / Youtube
Date: 
16 Oct 2021
Time: 2pm to 3pm
Fee: Free

This multi-stop foodie trip will cover Yokohama, Odawara, Atsugi, and more, with introductions on different specialty foods.

Rail Fun: Exploring West Japan And Kyushu By Rail by JR West And JR Kyushu

Venue: Japan Rail Cafe's Facebook / Youtube
Date: 
16 Oct 2021
Time: 4pm to 5pm
Fee: Free

All aboard the fleets of themed sightseeing trains where the fun doesn’t end.

Akiba Culture Talk Session 

Venue: Japan Rail Cafe's Facebook / Youtube
Date: 
17 Oct 2021
Time: 10am to 11am
Fee: Free

Explore the colourful district of Akihabara, a well-known site regarded as the sacred place of otaku culture. Join two entrepreneurs to learn more about exciting collaborations between Singapore and Akihabara.

Have A Luxurious Vacation With JR EAST HOTELS

Venue: Japan Rail Cafe's Facebook / Youtube
Date: 
17 Oct 2021
Time: 2pm to 3pm
Fee: Free

The closest thing to a holiday that one can get for now, this programme will provide useful tips on activities in Kamakura and Sendai, as well as convenient and comfortable hotel recommendations.

JR East Presents: Railway Tips, Trivia, And News!

Venue: Japan Rail Cafe's Facebook / Youtube
Date: 
17 Oct 2021
Time: 4pm to 5pm
Fee: Free

Expect tips, news and plenty of insights into different ways of enjoying rail travel, such as sightseeing trains and luxury trains.

Explore The Wonders Of Shochu With Kagoshima! By H.I.S. Singapore And Kagoshima Prefecture

Venue: Japan Rail Cafe's Facebook / Youtube
Date:
23 Oct 2021
Time: 2pm to 3pm
Fee: Free

Discover the wonders of shochu – which originated from Kagoshima, Southern Japan – its history, brewing process and benefits.

October Special Ekiben Selection!

Date: 1 to 31 Oct 2021

To add to the festivities, a scrumptious selection of ekiben (railway bento) awaits for dine-in guests at Japan Rail Cafe:

Teriyaki Chicken Wappameshi

Price: $16.50

Grilled Scallop Wappameshi

Price: $18.00

For Kids: JR East-Exclusive ALFA-X Kids’ Bento 

Photo Credits: Japan Rail Cafe

Price: $21.00

Modelled after the Class E956 experimental Shinkansen train, the little ones will certainly find joy in this special bento meal!

Diners may also opt to add $3 for a drink set, and choose from Original Drip Coffee, Cold Brew, Citrus Green Tea and Beauty Tea.

For the full line-up of programmes, click here. #japanrailcafe 


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Leona Quek
Blessed with 3 handsome and loving boys in her life. Two of them call her Mommy, the other calls her Wifey. Every night, she wishes for an early bedtime, but misses her babies as soon as they sleep.

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