July 17, 2016
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BAR GINZA PANORAMA in Shinjuku
Train Bar for Adult

日本を旅する大人のトレインバー

Have you heard of the work “Tori Tetsu”? It is a term for train maniacs whose hobby is to take photographs of trains from its railway lines. Although their hard core love towards trains have quite often caused some troubles and nuisances. It may sound ok if you say this as a hobby, but if you are an grown up adult, then it is recommended to enjoy it smartly with some good manner. The bar we are introducing this time is a place for train-love gentlemen which is in Shinjuku 3-Chome that offers train models and miniature railways. Let’s enjoy a quality time at this place without any interruption.
鉄道の沿線で列車の写真を撮影することを趣味とする、通称「撮り鉄」が引き起こすトラブルやマナー違反などの話題に事欠かない。趣味と言えば聞こえはいいが、大人であれば一般の人に迷惑をかけずにスマートに趣味を楽しみたい。そんな大人の鉄道ファンにぜひ訪れてほしいのが、新宿三丁目にある本格的な
鉄道模型やジオラマを備えた鉄道バーだ。誰にも邪魔されない上質な大人の時間を堪能しよう。

Enjoying the miniature railway art, at a bar beloved by train lovers.

From enormous train models to miniature railways, they are waiting for you once you enter the bar which favours to play Jazz music as a match to the train models. There is the breath-taking miniature railways placed at its bar counter, and you will naturally be fascinated when you catch a train model running the railway with its light blinking. The reason for opening this unique bar with train models running is as simple. The owner himself is a big fun of trains, and it is his intension to offer a place for people who loves travel, trains, and train models to be able to communicate to each other. Since its opening from 2008, the bar is been favoured from a lot of train lovers. In recent years the bar is hooked up to several kinds of newspapers, TV shows, and magazines having more and more media exposure.
The layout of the railways go like this. There are four miniature rails placed where four of the train models can run at the same time, which you can have different view of depending on where you sit at the bar. Mountains and houses are at the entrance of the bar, and that leads to city space including Tokyo Sky Tree when you go in further. On the front of the bar counter is a complete railway platform which can stow sixteen full carriages of Tokaido Shinkansen.
This may sound they are only for Train maniacs, though in recent years there are few museums, such as Hara Model Railway Museum in Yokohama and Railway Museum in Omiya, where you can experience the world of railway miniatures. Its preciseness is needless to say a form of art.
Platforms from all over Japan are the original motif to its miniature model platforms, and it is perfected taking bits and pieces of elements in order to express the original platforms.

多くの鉄道ファンに愛される鉄道バーで
ジオラマというアートを楽しむ

心地よいジャズが流れる店内に一歩足を踏み入れると、貴重な鉄道模型や巨大ジオラマが出迎えてくれる。バーのカウンターに配された巨大ジオラマは圧巻で、明かりを灯しながら鉄道模型が走る姿に思わず心を奪われてしまう。鉄道模型が走るバーというユニークなお店をオープンしたのは、鉄道ファンのオーナーが「『旅と鉄道・鉄道模型』を愛する人たちが集まるコミュニケーションの場を作りたい」と考えたのがきっかけ。2008年の開店以来、多くの鉄道ファンに支持され、近年では新聞やテレビ、雑誌などで取り上げられることも多くメディア関係者からも注目されている。
レイアウトは4編成が同時に走行できる本線が設けられ、座る席によって見える景色も様々。入り口付近には山や民家といったのどかな風景が広がり、そのまま店内を進むとスカイツリーを望む街並みが、カウンター正面では、東海道新幹線16両フル編成が丸々収まる自慢のロングホームが現れる。
こういった鉄道模型は、「鉄道マニア」向けというイメージがあるかもしれないが、最近では、横浜市にある原鉄道模型博物館や、大宮の鉄道博物館などでも鉄道ジオラマの世界を体験することができ、その精密さは一種のアート。精巧に作られたホームは全国各地の様々なホームをモチーフに、少しずつ要素を取り入れたオリジナルをジオラマに表現したそう。電車を待つ人々の息遣いが聞こえてくるから不思議だ。

Having Some Original Train Cocktails

In a technical world of miniature model making, there are generally two different sizes about their railway width, which are the N Gauge and HO Gauge. At the Bar Ginza Panorama, they use the N Gauge models on a scale of 1/148 to 1/160. Since the width of railway becomes to 9mm in between, it is named as “Nine Gauge” of which people call as N Gauge. You can enjoy your drink by looking at the N Gauge that runs through the bar. Also there are services where you can bring your own trains to run the rails, and ask to store your trains at the bar (both services are with charges) so you don’t always have to carry them. The night is truly yours having to enjoy the panoramic view of the miniature models, letting your favorite trains running through.
Another good thing about the Bar Ginza Panorama is that you can enjoy their original train motif cocktails with price of just around 1000yen per drink. Like for example a cocktail “Romance Car” is a raspberry cocktail which is introduced at the same time of the opening of the bar in 2008 as an anniversary drink. It is the most popular cocktail at the bar, where you can fancy a travel mood to Hakone. “Dr. Yellow” is another cocktail which also comes from a name of a train. It is a train that goes through to check the condition of the railways for Tokaid Shinkansen and Sanyo Shinkansen. It only runs for its check-up about three times a month, and you need to be lucky to be able to see this train on the rails since its running times are not open to public. As this train “carries luck to you”, this cocktail is a healthy one that could effect to stimulate on your apetite. Type of trains running in the bar differs day by day. This could also be another kind of quality time for you, to think about what to drink depending on what’s running on that day.

鉄道をイメージした
オリジナルカクテルを嗜む

一般的に鉄道模型はNゲージとHOゲージに分けられ、バー銀座パノラマ新宿店では縮尺が1/148〜1/160サイズのNゲージを採用している。レール幅が9mmであることから、Nineゲージの頭文字を取ってNゲージと呼ぶのだそう。目の前を走るNゲージを眺めつつ、一杯遣りながら…というのも楽しめるが、車両の持ち込み走行や、預かり保管サービス(共に有料)もあるため、壮大なジオラマを望みつつ、お気に入りの車両を走らせながらグラスを傾け、至福のひとときを楽しむのがベスト。
さらに、鉄道をイメージしたオリジナルカクテルを、1,200円で楽しめるのもバー銀座パノラマならでは(その他ドリンクはアルコール700円〜)。例えば『ロマンスカー』は2008年の開店を記念に作った木苺のカクテル。箱根までの旅行気分を楽しめる一番人気のドリンクだ。また、黄色と青が印象的なカクテルは、東海道新幹線や山陽新幹線の路線の状態をチェックする点検車両『ドクターイエロー』。運行は月に3本程度、運行時刻は非公開ということもあり、運が良くなければ見られない「幸せを運ぶ電車」にあやかって健胃効果・食欲増進の効能があるそう。日によって店内を走行する車両は異なるため、車両に合わせてカクテルをチョイスするというように、上質な時間をクリエーションするのも大人の美学なのかもしれない。

Way to Have Fun fo Those Who Knows How

Planning on your travel is another thing you can do when looking at the trains. If Romance Car is there, then that will lead you to think about Hakone, and Sanriku Tetesudo will be Iwate. This is another luxurious time you may have if you are an grown up, by thinking about where the trains will go and what kind of journey is waiting fo you. The bar space is moderate and relaxing with toned down lights, and this brings up the colorful cocktails from train world and the scaled down miniature city and model people living there. It is a bar that travels the land of Japan, which is only allowed for some who are truly mature.

遊びを知る大人のための
愉しみ方

もう一つの楽しみ方が、ジオラマを走る車両を見ながら旅行のプランを立てること。例えばロマンスカーなら箱根。三陸鉄道なら岩手というように、どの列車に乗ろうか、その列車が走る路線はどこだろうかと旅先に想いを馳せながら楽しむのも、遊びを知る大人だけに許された特権だろう。ライトの照明が控えめで落ち着いた空間に、世界の色鮮やかなカクテル、広がるジオラマの街並みとそこに息づく人々の姿。それは子どもには決して楽しむことができない、大人だけが楽しめる、日本を“旅するバー”なのだ。

SHOP INFO

Bar Ginza Panorama

Address: 3-31-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Tai Shin Building No.2. 9F
Tel: 03-5363-0842

Opening Hours
Mon~Sat / 18:00~ 26:00 *Possible for extending opening within an hour
Sunday / 17:00~ 23:00
*When national holiday next day / 18:00~ 26:00

URL: www.ginza-panorama.com

バー 銀座パノラマ 新宿店

住所:東京都新宿区新宿3-31-1 大伸第2ビル9階
TEL: 03-5363-0842

営業時間:
月~土曜日 18:00~26:00
※状況に応じ1時間程度の延長も致します

日祝 17:00~23:00
※但し、翌日が祝日の場合は18:00~26:00

URL: www.ginza-panorama.com

writer / YUUKI TAMANE

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