Off from LA
Business Class on Singapore Airlines has the biggest seats I've ever seen
Wife was pretty happy that we are finally really going.
Ah Airport World Japan. So much like Airport World everywhere else except more face masks.
After the fiasco with Jetstar Japan Airlines and our luck changing the dates on our Japan Rail Passes, finally on our way via the Narita Express towards Kagoshima.
Making on of our two train transfers. Wife looks oh so much happier than she really was feeling.
Got to get a glimpse of Mount Fuji!
Our first real meal in Japan, Shabu-Shabu with the local specialty, black pig, accompanied by local sweet potato Soju
This all gets cooked in the broth
The Train Excursion
This was such a blast. We had so many interactions with people, got to see the countryside, and learned about the train riding culture.
Each of the three tourist trains of this route was unique in its style
And of course there was this one that was debuting this weekend replacing a former steam line
Taking mandatory pictures
Numerous times the trains stopped a specific places to take pictures. I didn't think the views were all that great but since it seemed important I did take them.
You stopped at all kinds of small towns where they would sell things and people would get out to take pictures of the quaint stations. Plus there were all the festivities of the inaugural train.
And there was entertainment
And when we got back to Kagoshima there was entertainment associated with the marathon (thought we didn't know it at the time)