My first train ride


1. CPH 12.08.13

2. Narita - Tone 13.08.13

3. Tone 14.08.13

4. Tone 15.08.13

5. Tone - Oarai 16.08.13

6. Oarai - Tomakomai 17.08.13

7. Tomakomai - Iwamizawa 18.08.13

8. Iwamizawa - Azahikawa 19.08.13

9. Azahikawa - Kamikawa 20.08.13

10.Kamikawa - Nukabira Onsen 21.08.13

11.Nukabira Onsen - Tokachigawa 22.08.13

12.Tokachigawa - Kushiro 23.08.13

13.Kushiro - Shibesha 24.08.13

14.Shibesha - Lake Kussharo 25.08.13

15.Lake Kussharo - Lake Akan 26.08.13

16.Lake Akan - Abashiri 27.08.13

17.Abashiri 28.08.13

18.Abashiri - Sapporo (tog) 29.08.13

19.Sapporo - Otaru 30.08.13

20.Otaru - Kamoenai 31.08.13

21.Kamoenai - Makkari 01.09.13

22.Makkari - Yakumo 02.09.13

23.Yakumo - Hakodate 03.09.13

24.Hakodate - Aomori 04.09.13

25.Aomori - Lake Towada 05.09.13

26.Lake Towada - Lake Tazawa 06.09.13

27.Lake Tazawa - Hanamaki 07.09.13

28.Hanamaki - Tsukidate 08.09.13

29.Tsukidate - Sendai 09.09.13

30.Sendai - Tone 10.09.13

31.Tone 11.09.13

32.Tone 12.09.13

33.Tone - Kurihama 13.09.13

34.Kurihama - Hakone 14.09.13

35.Hakone - Gotemba 15.09.13

36.Gotemba 16.09.13

37.Gotemba - Fujinomiya 17.09.13

38.Fujinomiya - Shizuoka (Kyoto) 18.09.13

39.Kyoto 19.09.13

40.Kyoto 20.09.13

41.Kyoto 21.09.13

42.Kyoto - Nara 22.09.13

43.Nara - Wakayama 23.09.13

44.Wakayama - Higashikagawa 24.09.13

45.Higashikagawa - Takamatsu 25.09.13

46.Takamatsu - Iya Valley 26.09.13

47.Iya Valley 27.09.13

48.Iya Valley - Imabari 28.09.13

49.Imabari - Onomichi 29.09.13

50.Onomichi - Hiroshima 30.09.13

51.Hiroshima 01.10.13

52.Hiroshima - Takayama (tog) 02.10.13

53.Takayama 03.10.13

54.Takayama - Matsumoto 04.10.13

55.Matsumoto - Hakuba 05.10.13

56.Hakuba - Nagano 06.10.13

57.Nagano - Tone 07.10.13

58.Tone 08.10.13

59.Tone - Narita 09.10.13

60. Narita - CPH 10.10.13


Letter 18


Thursday 29.08.13    ca. 6 km


Up at 6am and at a slow speed I pack and eat breakfast. Buy some sandwiches for the journey and am at the station one hour before departure. I cannot get to the platform before 9.05, so I pack the bike in its bag and am now sitting in the waiting room. On a screen runs a programme that's NOT baseball. It's also purely women sitting here.

                      My luggage - I need some porters

Then I'm in the train. The disadvantage by not being able to take it apart on ther platform is, that now I have to carry it all. I have to walk twice. First through the ticket control to the platform, and next all the way to the reserved car 6, which is next to the engine.


     The "corpse" has been securely tied

It's quite sweaty I now sit here in seat 8D. The bike has been raised out at the doors and securely fastened with a rope - my rope. The train stewardess smiled gratefully, when I had finished. My luggage takes up a lot of space over the windows, but we're only 4 in this car.


We take off - and go same direction as I did when I came, the road follows the rails. The ticket inspector has just been here. Belt and belts. Have to keep it in a safe place, I'll probably have to show it when I get off also. We're going mostly in open land with low mountains at the sides. At several occasions grubbing-up reveals the use for winter sports. We stop at Membetsu, Bihoro, Kitami and at Rubeshibe we turn north. The train fight up a narrow gorge. Then comes a tunnel and we leave to the other side.

In Engaru highest up north we change direction. Now we'll go south west. In Engaru a rock comes out from the wavy forrested mountains. Then comes the controller. The seats can be turned so that we keep looking in the direction we're heading. Amazing!

The mountains get higher to the left. We closing in to Daisetsuzan National Park, which we pass at long distance. The engine work itself up through a narrow valley and at last - comes a long tunnel, taking us to the other side. Slowly but surely the valley widens and we reach Asahikawa. Here I cross my trail. The rest of the trip we only stop once. I give up finding out where we are in the map, but feel from the surroundings that Sapporo is closing in.

Find the Tourist information, get a map and a mark on something called Ino's Place, a hostel that I've decided for.

       The local Eifeltower - the TV tower

I find it without complications, but I also look at the map constantly. Lucky. There's a vacant bed - just for tonight. Tomorrow is fully booked.