JR Vacation Travel Talk #6 – Japan Railway

This is the Hayabusa-Komachi Bullet train that runs along the Tohoku Shinkansen line. Both trains are connected at this end and runs as one train from Tokyo to Morioka. At Morioka station, the trains will take several minutes to disconnect. The green Hayabusa train then continue its journey towards Aomori (and now Shin-Hakodate) while the red Komachi heads to Akita.

We took the green Hayabusa when travelling from Tokyo to Hokkaido and also a few more shorter trips when visiting the Tohoku region. There is always a Gran Class car on this train, and sometimes we will sneak in to use it’s first class washroom.

A typical ticket stab when using the JR trains. This was back from Yugawara station to Shinjuku after visiting the Yugawara Manyo Park which is, in our opinion, one of the best foot spa in Japan.

At the back are the JR tickets that cost 1890Yen each. The orange smaller stab are the Green Car ticket. It was our first and only usage of green car. Shinkansen and limited express trains are comfortable and spacious, and there is usually no reason to pay extra for a green car seat.

This locker at JR Hakone station was really eye catching with it’s use of colours and shapes. The typical lockers in Japan are usually white or green and dull. It seems to be an advertisement for the Hakone Open-air museum and we think this locker art piece is brilliant.


R, the other half of JRVacation, is addicted to playing Pachinko in Japan and loves Japanese food, especially the fast food joints Sukiya and Matsuya. Dreams of visiting all 47 prefectures in Japan and is currently planning for the next trip to the land of the rising sun.

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