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Jun 15, 2018 - Rapid Ride to Aomori Sights

Walked from our hotel over to Tokyo Station (~ 15 minutes) and boarded the Shinkansen for Aomori, at the northern end of the main Japanese Island, Honshu. Sleek, smooth looking ride parked on the track platform as we board. As we move out of Tokyo we notice the smooth quiet ride. Looking out the window watching the city buildings pass by we figure we are going 40 mph. As we leave the urban density and enter the suburban, and then countryside, the ride is still very quiet & smooth; even the corners are slightly banked to reduce...

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Apr 22, 2016 - Under the Sea of Japan!

Under the Sea of Japan! Or is it the Pacific? It's two, two, two oceans in one. We caught the Shinkansen from Aomori (Honshu) to Hakodate (Hokkaido), following a local train from our hotel to the Shinkansen station. The Shinkansen service between the islands is brand new, having started on 3/26/16. This leg is a little over an hour, leading to a more local (non-Shinkansen) train from Hakodate to Sapporo. We did not do so today, but a few of the runs include a stop (under the sea) halfway between the islands. Rumor has it that there is an...

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Apr 21, 2016 - Off to find cherry blossoms

Our day began with a light breakfast in our hotel at 7:25 a.m. as we wanted to be on our way to the Ishinomaki train station for an 8:22 a.m. departure to Kogota. Traveling NW we encountered a train full of high school students for the first leg of the trip. They all looked very smart in their uniforms . . . . boys in slacks, white shirts with ties, and blue blazers; girls in plaid pleated skirts, white blouses, and blue blazers. For the girls, footwear consisted of a type of loafer (typically brown), and the boys wore a variety of tennis...

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Jun 9, 2014 - a red letter day

Although rain was in the forecast we had a wonderful visit to Aomori. The guide we had made the tour here even better. He had spent many years working in Pittsburgh and his English skills were superb. Better yet his time in the US gave him many insights into how the Japanese are different from Westerners. We could have listened to him for hours. He started by hanging up a world map with Japan in the middle - the world from their point of view. He said as a child he could never understand why he was in the Far East when he clearly was in the...

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Sep 30, 2008 - Honshu <bless you>

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money” SUSAN HELLER HONSHU – The BIG Island We arrived for our second day in Japan at AOMORI at the northern tip of HONSHU, the island that we know as being the location of TOKYO, HIROSHIMA, NAGASAKI, KYOTO, OSAKA, and KOBE, some of the more well-known Japanese cities. AOMORI is also a city of about 300,000 people. For the second day in a row, the weather was gorgeous - the tour guides tell us that this is very fortunate up here...

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