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Japanese Shinkansen   International Train News

Started Sep-14 by WALTER784; 116 views.
WALTER784

From: WALTER784

Sep-15

Well, if you look at the map they had:

With exception of the purple, orange and olive (yellowish) lines, I've taken all of them.

In fact, for the light and dark blue lines... I've ridden them more than 1,000 times and for the light and dark green lines, I've ridden them at least several hundred times or more.

And mind you these are just the super fast Shinkansen trains. When you add in the ordinary Super Express, Express, Ltd. Express and other regular lines... whew.... I've been on probably close to or perhaps even more than 30,000 trains.

FWIW

 

Chocolate Pig (TOILETHEA1)
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Oh my goodness, wow!  

WALTER784

From: WALTER784

Sep-15

Well, 40 years x 200 days per year x round trip = 16,000 trips. And that's if there were no train changes incurred.

But for a good majority of that time, I had to change trains at least once so add another 12,000 trips.

And then there were the visits to customers, etc. where I took local subways or local trains that amount for maybe 6,000 or even 8,000 trips.

And then there were the family vacations, skiing trips, you name it... (* LOL *)

But if you look at my U.S. track record... it pales miserably...

Twice from Grand Central Station in New York to Baltimore and twice on San Francisco's BART (Bay Area Rapid Transport).

For the most part, I went by car in the US.

FWIW

Chocolate Pig (TOILETHEA1)
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I'd love to cross country  the US on Amtrak, so much to see!

Wow, that is mind boggling!  Did you ever get tired of riding or was it a constant state of new adventures?

WALTER784

From: WALTER784

Sep-16

I've also taken a train from Veldoven, Netherlands to Frankfurt, Germany with a changeover in Koln and in Jan 2020 ~ Feb 2020, I took the local trams in South Amsterdam from the hotel I was staying at to my company's Amsterdam branch.

Demented Ol Lady Shorty (TOILETHEA1) said...

Did you ever get tired of riding or was it a constant state of new adventures?

I think it was a mixture of both.

I live an hour and a half from my workplace for the past 34 years now. So the daily trip into downtown Tokyo and back again was a bit mundane to say the least. Going on the same train, same rails day in and day out for 45 minutes. Then I had to change to the subway in downtown Tokyo and went for another 25 ~ 30 minutes. The changeover was about 10 minutes. So that was a bit boring but even if I got tired, I had to go to work so I just learned to get used to it. At least on the 45 minute leg into Tokyo and back, I was able to get about 40 minutes of sleep each way. (* CHUCKLE *)

As for the rest, they were sporadic here and there and thus nothing daily but they were on trips to customers sites throughout Japan. Japan has 47 prefectures and I've travelled to 42 of them. The most travelled to were Osaka (over 600 times), Nagoya (over 300 times) and then over 100 times were Aomori, Kagoshima, Kagawa, & Okayama, then over 60 times were Nagasaki, Kobe, etc. All the rest were just 1 ~ 5 trips each. Now most of those were enjoyable. In fact, they were probably the most enjoyable and mainly on the Shinkansen. 

FWIW

Chocolate Pig (TOILETHEA1)
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Japan has some lovely scenery, I've watched videos of train travel there and such lovely mountain views, especially in the winter, for me, living in Arizona, snow scenes are a treat LOL

Until recently I had no idea about train ferries, that was fascinating!

WALTER784

From: WALTER784

Sep-16

So you like snow huh?  Then you'll love this! (* CHUCKLE *)

FWIW

  • Edited September 16, 2021 10:10 pm  by  WALTER784
Chocolate Pig (TOILETHEA1)
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That is awesome!  Wow! You are riight, I love that, sure is a lot more different then cacti and sand all the time LOL

WALTER784

From: WALTER784

Sep-17

Well, it's nice to take a tour bus through it and then walk back partially through where it is the highest just once... but it's entirely a different thing to live in that area where the first floor of your home doesn't see sunlight for 4 consecutive months because it's snowed in. You cannot get into your house via the front door. You have to walk across the snow to the balcony of your second floor to get into your house. (* GULP *)

Say what? You only have a single story home? Then you better learn to hibernate like the bears! (* CHUCKLE *)

FWIW

Chocolate Pig (TOILETHEA1)
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Oh my gosh!  I can deal with  a little snow but not that much  LOL  But I'd still want to visit that!

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