Japan – The Country side of Yamagata Prefecture (1)

This is my trip to Japan way back in Nov 2005 (8 years already!!. wow!!).

It was one of my business trip and also my first trip into Japan and as usual it was always short and a rush visit. I was heading to Yamagata prefecture; a small country town up in the center of Honshu island.

My flight into Narita Airport was from Hong Kong. Upon arrival, I have to find my way to catch the train from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station, and then catch my Shinkansen to Yamagata Prefecture. Oh yes.. I bought my Shinkansen ticket way before I landed in Japan. So, good planning was required else I would have missed my ride. The total trip would take me close to 5 hrs just by train.

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When I arrived at Tokyo Station, I was surprised to see the sign had English too. It was a relieved as I could not read or speak Japanese. Moving around the Tokyo station and finding the right platform was daunting task especially in the evening when everyone is rushing to go home after work.

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One of the Shinkansen arriving at the station ….

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A typical kiosk on the platform where the local Japanese will buy thing before boarding for their trip on the Shinkansen.

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This Shinkansen look like a duck….. 😄

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This is the coach.. a double decker. In fact, it was my first time sitting in a Shinkansen (a few years later, I have also managed to sit in the bullet train in China and also the one in Taiwan)

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My dinner on board the Shinkansen which I purchased from the lady goes around from coach to coach selling food and drinks.

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This is the view from the hotel in Yamagata over looking the beautiful hills in the foreground.

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As usual, I will take the opportunity to walk around the town before heading to the office.

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… Very quaint place.

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follow me on my next posting in Yamagata, Japan.