This is a bit geeky, but should be of interest to folks who have travelled or are thinking of travelling in Japan. This site
has pictures of tons and tons of train stations on JR lines throughout Japan. Rather cool for finding what the station building looks like.
It also has sounds! Most of the sounds are just the PA announcing the name of the station. (Sadly, it does not seem to get all the way down to Beppu.) But if you poke around, you can find some of the track departure music for several different tracks. The Yamanote line can be found here
. (I like that the scrollbar is green on that page! *snerk*) I'm trying not to shriek and bounce too much. I've been wanting recordings of the Yamanote songs for so long I can't even describe it.
I found this site because I was trying to prove how stupid a fanfic author was in not doing her research. Now I almost want to track her down and kiss her. Ew. Except I just thought about getting that close to freaky, stupid fanfic authors, and I don't really feel the urge any more. *shudder* Still, I'm grateful for the find.
I wonder if the page links to Kyoto subway sounds...?