How did we travel? almost exclusively by train.
|On the train ...|
|On the train 2|
Then there are the local trains, no reservations, and usually filled with schoolkids, salarymen, and women with shopping. They are efficient but not high tech - in fact in common with much of Japan, they are distinctly retro in style. This is when things slow down and it’s possible to take a few photos. The slowest train of all was the one from Osuki to Mt Fuji (Kawaguchiko) - almost one hour to travel 27 km! Very rustic …
Can’t finish with trains without mentioning Hyperdia, the amazing app that lets you plan train routes - with all times, connections and often even platforms listed. It even works on the Tokyo train/subway system - that is another kettle of fish (or can of worms …).
|Rustic train and station - Takikawa in Hokkaido|
|From the (slow) train|
|The Shinkansen cometh ...|
|At the station - Yamagata|
|Local train to Nikko|
|Eating on the train|
|Station on the local Fuji line|