September 6th, 2007

Manga Kevin

On the Move

No time for further chit-chat. Our preferred train leaves at 9 AM, and here it is 7:45 and I haven't even showered yet. Good thing the station is across the street and there's another train an hour later if we miss the first.
Kevin and Lisa

Once Again, No Time to Report

Headline: We're safe and sound at the south (west) end of Japan. The typhoon appears to be coming ashore in the Tokyo area, and we saw some footage on the news here that looked like Yokohama. Tomorrow we go to Osaka, where we will be for the next three nights. We are hoping that the typhoon will have blown through by the time we're coming through its path next Monday our time and that they destruction won't disrupt rail services so badly as to mess up our trip during that time, especially after having spent all of that money on the sleeper train.

I keep telling myself that someday I'll be able to post all of these photos and write a report about how I spent my day, but with the amount of time I have to spend on more important things like sleeping, eating, and figuring out what trains we have to be on tomorrow to do the things Lisa has mapped out for us, it's just not happening. I don't even have time to pull the photos off the camera.

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We've worked out tomorrow's schedule. Our eventual goal is Osaka tomorrow night, but first we are planning to visit the Kyushu Railway History Museum, which appears to be located at Mojiko Station. Our first attempt at creating a rail trip to there from here seemed a bit long -- 1 hour 42 minutes. Then I realized that I wasn't forcing the schedule web site to route us through Kokura on the Shinkansen. Doing that, the trip time shrank from 102 minutes to 50 minutes including an 18-minute connection in Kokura. That's because the Shinkansen from Hakata to Kokura takes only 19 minutes, while the all-stops local train on the "classic" lines takes 75 minutes. (The connection time changes as well.)

After spending some time at this museum, we'll probably take a Hikari Rail Star up to Osaka.