Monday, April 24, 2006

The Famous Red JR Train

Suizenji Eki

Japan is famous for its red JR (Japan Railways) train circuit. The transet system goes all over the country. Japan has several different types of trains too. There are faster trains to go to different Prefectures, and then their is Japanese famous high speed "Bullet Train" which can take you all the way to Tokyo in just three hours (or sooner) -no matter where you start from. The red JR train is a local in town and town to town commuter train. It's slow, but it's always on time and there are lots of them!

Akamizu (small train stop)

All over Japan there are distant outposts like this Akamizu train stop. Sometimes you have to get off the train in the middle of nowhere -out in the country- then switch and back track to get to the right train stop. Reading the Japanese kanji (Chinese Characters) is always confusing. So if you don't know where you are going then it's best to take a Japanese friend with you to help read the signs!

Trains cutting through town.

Out the back window of my old dormitory exists a JR train route. Every morning at 6:00 AM sharp the train would honk its horn as it went by. It had to do it twice, because there is a crossing on both sides of the block~ which made our every morning sound like a train was driving through our bedroom! I never got used to it, but luckily, my fiances family often let me spend the night at their house. I was able to get away from the noisy trains on weekends.


Jen said...

Why does everyone forget about Hokkaido? *sigh* I wish it took three hours to get to Tokyo. ;)

Tristan Vick said...

Yeah, well only snowmen live in Hokkaido! So there! Actually, I hear they actually have skiiing up there... hmmmm... maybe some snowboarding too? I have a group of JET friends that are snowboard bumbs... every Christmas they all go to Hokkaido to snowboard. Sounds like something I'm up for!

Jen said...

Who knows - maybe you'll be placed in Hokkaido and have to live in an igloo with the rest of us... And we snowshoe to school..up hill.. both ways...

Tristan Vick said...

Yeah, maybe, but I know something you do not know! There are no snow bunnies in Hokkaido! Darn it!