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entry 29 Apr 2012, 08:29
A little off topic and far removed from North Derbyshire. My wife and I spent the past month in Japan being tourists. Starting off in Tokyo we moved down to Kyoto, across to Kanazawa, then back via Takayama and Matsumoto to Tokyo. All of this was achieved with the help of a Japan Rail Pass, which is only available to foreign visitors and allows use of most of Japan Rail's network of trains and buses. So we spent a lot of time soaking up the fabulous and very punctual Japanese railways. This began with Shinkansen (bullet) to Kyoto past Mt Fuji. I must say it's a little too fast for my liking as the scenery whizzes by taking away one of the big benefits of train over plane.

Perhaps the highlight railway-wise was the trip between Kanazawa and Takayama which weaved its way through valleys, surround by 1000-3000m mountains, following wide rivers all the way. Spectacular scenery in very comfortable surrounds, and relatively few people on-board. The snow was still all around us even though most of the places we went had broken through to Spring. Highly recommended.

 
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