Map from feel-kobe.jp [red marker added] Analysis of the Foreign Settlement area SW of Sannomiya Stataion. Not to be confused with the Kitano Ijinkan Area. The Foreign Settlement occupies a roughly 1/3 square kilometer (80 acre) area SW of Sannomiya; basically the whole area between the Center-Gai arcades and Kaigan-Dori (the wide surface avenue running along the coast). Notable characteristics of the Foreign Settlement: – Wide sidewalks and … Continue reading Kobe Foreign Settlement (神戸・旧居留地)
Downtown Akashi, nestled between the Akashi Strait and the remains of Akashi Castle, is one of the world’s most compact city centers. It is just a 5 minute walk from the station cluster (JR Akashi and Sanyo Akashi) to the waterfront (450 meters, 1/4 mile). JR Akashi Station (and adjacent Sanyo Akashi Station), are 23 minutes from Sannomiya Station, and about 40 minutes from Himeji … Continue reading Akashi
The streets above are highlighted hierarchically as follows: – Magenta: Covered arcades and open-air shopping streets (de-facto car free). – Magenta block on right side: Gondo subway station (長野電鉄・権堂駅). The large building on the west side is a station-direct-linked (駅直結) supermarket & department store. – Cyan: Quasi-SLOW street. – Red: “Busy” Boulevards. – Orange: … Continue reading Nagano Chuo-Dori
Chuo-Dori, the Main Street of Nagano, runs north to Zenkoji temple from near JR Nagano Station. This tour shows only the section north of Showa-Dori, where the vehicular road has been narrowed, and the pedestrian infrastructure has been upgraded. This street is a quasi-S.L.O.W. street; it shares most of the characteristic physical qualities, but has traffic in both directions. It has many parallels to State … Continue reading Benches of Nagano: Chuo Street
Taking R. Ewing’s “Eight Qualities of Pedestrian- and Transit-Oriented Design” as a starting point, I examine numbers 4 & 5: transparency & complexity. Applying these concepts to Nagano’s Chuo-Dori, I demonstrate their usage in describing walkability, and think about ways in which they can be further improved. To start with my conclusions: From a walkability perspective, the key value of complexity lies in preventing walking from … Continue reading Transparency & Complexity
Almost the entire area between the two stations is a pedestrian-priority shopping zone. It is somewhat of a “University Village”, with many cafes and shops catering to students of several nearby colleges. Continue reading Okamoto
The Kitano-ijinkan area is a unique historic neighborhood located in the foothills near Sannomiya Station. This post covers a neighborhood including parts of Kitano-cho (北野町), Yamamoto-Dori (山本通), and Naka-Yamate-Dori (中山手通). The streets above are highlighted hierarchically as follows: – Magenta: A pedestrian plaza and shopping street, with high density of tourists. – Cyan: Single Lane One Way (minimal road width, … Continue reading Street Hierarchy: Kitano
Hankyu Juso Station (阪急十三駅), just 3 minutes from Umeda, is a commercial node with covered shopping arcades extending directly from both west and east exit. This post will focus on the west side of the station. Continue reading Juso Station & Arcades
Keep an eye out for these key S.L.O.W. features:
– Absence of parking lanes.
– Frequently spaced trees and/or stone bollards.
– Curbless #SuperFlat facade-to-facade pavement. Continue reading Nara’s Sanjo SLOW Street
[ the original version is available here ] The transportation structure of Japanese cities can be decomposed into pedestrian and vehicular networks. In some places they run side-by-side, in other places they overlap, but for the most part, they are completely separate. Organizing the hierarchy in order of pedestrian volume, from greatest to least: Note that vehicular flow is high only in the middle ranks of … Continue reading Hierarchy of Japanese Streets (Version 2)