Sunday, March 5, 2017

First Asia Mega Tour II Pictures

After the fabulous day we had weather wise for our train excursion yesterday and our tremendous luck going on the inaugural train ride, today was a double whammy of unfortunate luck. First it rained all day, making our plans for walking around the city and taking pictures a non-starter. Second, there was a marathon race taking place and they closed down all of the public transportation for the day including the special sightseeing bus! We did go to a museum on the Meiji Restoration. People from the area around Kagoshima had an major influence this historical event. However, we don't have to leave for our next stop Fukuoka until early afternoon tomorrow and the weather is supposed to be better. So we think we will pack up tonight and take sometime tomorrow morning to take pictures.  In the meantime, it was a good day to get the pictures done and posted. Also if you'd like the Wife perspective of our travels, she has started blogging too!

In Transit

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.

The Trains
On route

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.

This is...

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)


alexis said...

OMG. Do you think those guys dancing in a line in red where meant to represent the train itself? Second video: HILARIOUS. I couldn't take my eyes off the dancing fish.

Renee Michelle Goertzen said...

I LOVE trains so that looks like an awesome experience to me.

I agree with Wife's motto- even when miserable, you must always smile for the camera.

Agent W and the Derf said...

Love all the pictures & great narrative! ;) Keep smiling'