Taking the Shinkansen is always an exciting adventure for me. I have to admit I’m somewhat of a train enthusiast. Not that I know all trains by their technical names, I simply enjoy the ride and in the case of the Shinkansen, the speed. Waiting for the Shinkansen on the platform, I like to look around, observing station employees, people waiting for their trains, and wondering where they are heading.
The trains and the stations along the line, like Obuse station, are typical of rural Japanese train systems. When the weather is nice, Obuse station offers a glimpse of the beautiful mountain scenery surrounding the town.
The main train station of Nagano was renovated recently on the occasion of the extension of the Shinkansen line to Kanazawa. The new station features the Midori shopping center with new stores offering local produce and the latest Japanese fashion. The new architecture is a great improvement over the previous while blending traditional and modern elements of Japanese architecture.
The Umekoji Steam Locomotive museum is located about 20 minutes by foot from the central Kyoto station. The museum is dedicated to Japanese steam locomotives: it features 19 of them, stored in 20-track roundhouse surrounding the turntable. The main entrance to the museum is the old Nijo station that was moved to be part of the museum in 1997. An exhibition train ride occurs three times a day and lasts about 10 minutes.
The Sagano Scenic Railway is popular among tourists visiting the district of Arashiyama in Kyoto. The train ride starts from the Torokko station, located close to the JR Saga-Arashiyama station and follows the beautiful Katsura River gorge all the way to Kameoka city. The train is composed of panoramic cars that offer an unobstructed view of the gorge.
Another post for train enthusiasts! Jikokudani is a famous park among Japanese and foreign visitors where one can observe the Japanese snow monkeys (wild Japanese Macaques). Taking the train to go there is an option. From the shinkansen station in Nagano, the Dentetsu (Nagano Electric Railway) train line brings you to Yudanaka station.
Here I post this video for train lovers, it is the full ride from Ariake station on Odaiba island to the Shinbashi terminal in Tokyo. I wish to make a shorter version in the future to only show the major highlights of this ride like the Telecom centre, the Fuji Tv building, Rainbow Bridge, etc. I think the Yurikamome train is one of the most exciting train rides in Tokyo since you can see so much from the elevated train tracks!
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