Train Travel in Japan
Compiled by a slightly weary work traveler attempting to remind herself how great travel is in Japan
- •Headed out! Typhoon condition level 3 announced by the local base, but I managed to get to the train station before the piles of rain
- •Picking Up Reserved TicketsThis lovely worker approached me by name ('Sarah-San?') and swiftly procured all the tickets for my multi-city trip. I forget that in the States I would never encounter a station worker knowing their morning reservation list well enough to call people by name. Here, it helps that I am so obviously a foreigner in name and looks.
- •Waiting for the TrainThis first train is not a bullet train, yet it will arrive exactly on time. Love that.
- •Aaaand I spoke too soon.The train is currently 10min late. Which means the conductor people will likely bow and apologize to everyone as we get on. Still- come on Japan, don't let me down! I'm li.sting this!
- •I'm off!Misty and green- rural Japan on Kyushu island is a bit magical.
- •The Rain ArrivesAn hour into the trip, the rain is here.
- •Lunch breakArrived at bigger transfer station with time for delicious sushi and onigiri. Japanese fresh food= so good!
- •Shinkansen!The bullet trains are long and crazy fast...
- •With super aerodynamic shape....
- •And leg room to spare
- •Destination....Almost... Half hour by taxi yet to go. This friendly taxi driver smiled saying 'base-u?' And then immediately turned the radio to the American station for the ride 😜