Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Akita On The Move - On The Akita Shinkansen

We didn't sight-see much in Akita. We went there a couple of times, true but it was mostly because of the trains that we wanted to take and that of course includes the Akita Shinkansen. What we saw in Akita were mostly through the trains' window. Maybe next time, we can actually plan to stop at a few towns and set foot on them!
At Akita Station. We didn't venture far from the station, what with our hotel for the night being right next to the station!
We arrived Akita Station way past my lunch time, so the first order of business that day was to look for a place to eat. We were supposed to arrive at 12.00pm actually, but I made the whole gang missed our train because I was busy taking photos (of trains) at Ueno Station. The next train that we got on arrived Akita station at around 2.00pm. I was famished!
We encountered a "toshigami" or two along the way. Those two are the "Namahage", right? They  sure are everywhere!

The Akita we saw on the Akita Shinkansen (on the Komachi, to be exact) was a breathtaking view of
crystal clear rivers
green mountains
vast expanse of paddy fields, all yellow and ready for harvest
a bit of these too...

Next - view from the Resort Shirakami Buna and the odd view from local trains and buses too. ^^

37 comments:

  1. Wow.... love the scenic views. I so want to go Japan!!

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  2. @ECL,
    Nothing stopping you right? ^^

    Stil scared of radiation?

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  3. WOW WOW WOW!!! It feels like I'm traveling in Japan as well! The paddy field and the river make my day!!! :D YEY!! Thank You for showing us those beautiful captures!

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  4. Beautiful countryside. What is a toshigami?

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  5. @ristinw,
    My pleasure. :)

    I really love the paddy fields scenery too. The yellow against the white and blue of the sky is such a lovely sight. ^^

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  6. Wow! Love the views of the river, mountains and paddy fields! : )

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  7. You made the whole gang missed the train? Haha!! I hope I will never do that! LOL!!

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  8. @Jenny,
    If I got my facts right, a toshigami is a god of new year. Toshi = new year, kami = god. :)

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  9. @foong,
    Nice view, right? You should go and visit and enjoy the view too, someday. AirAsia tickets cheap, what. ;p

    I didn't make the whole gang miss the train on purpose! XD I just "happen" to stray far even though I know it's time to board the train. ^^!

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  10. I'm the same way there, love riding the trains and while doing it keep finding new places I wish I could stop at.

    Ueno is definitely a good place to see different trains. Can't blame you for wanting to take photos =)

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  11. @blukats,
    But the problem is, we've been to Ueno station too many times so me missing a train there should not have happened! LOL

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  12. Huh yellow paddy field ok ok..nice views from the train.

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  13. Love the yellow fields and the food looks nice.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  14. Oh you should come to England.
    The views from the trains here are more "rural" with rolling hills, pockets of hamlets, streams, etc. :)

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  15. @Bananaz,
    Yah, yellow paddy fields. Cannot find yellow bananas anywhere there. LOL

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  16. @Filip,
    Nice view and nicer food! :)

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  17. @London Caller,
    I totally should, shouldn't I? I once harbour the hope of going/living/studying in Scotland. As you can see, didn't happen... yet.

    But I'm scared of "orang putih"! LOL

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  18. Wht's tht in the bowl? Looks delicious!!!

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  19. I passed the baton you gave it to me! Mission done! :D HaHA Thank you!

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  20. Great views and the food doesn't look too bad either!!

    Japan Australia

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  21. @Alice,
    It's ebi gobo something something.... got shrimps and gobo (burdock root). Gobo is my favourite! :)

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  22. @ristinw,
    Cool! :)

    Will head over and read your post now. :)

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  23. @Japan Australia,
    And the fun thing about getting that food, I actually dragged the waitress out and ask her about the ingredients of the food displayed out the store. She answered every single question! ;p

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  24. Great photos, I've always loved Japanese food :)

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  25. @Thristhan,
    What's your fave? :)

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  26. I was there two years ago and i was impressed. Unfortunately i had no time to visit it very well because i was there for only two days, but i hope to visit it again very soon. I recommend this place, it is very nice.

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  27. @formatie nuntie,
    I'd say even a week is not enough to explore Akita! ^^

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  29. @Mr Lonely,
    I can leave a comment and visit your blog, and tell you you have a nice blog. But first, tell me why mine is nice. xD

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  30. Funny that you mentioned Scotland.
    I actually studied in Edinburgh!
    I got offers from English universities as well, but I chose Scottish university at the end, because I love Scotland. :) I still love Scotland a lot.

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  31. @London Caller,
    Lucky you! Wah! Some more got a few offers. XD

    Well... I have a nice "paper" from University of Wales but I never set foot there. ^^!

    I think I definitely would love Scotland if I had/have a chance to stay there or visit the place. :)

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  32. Amazing!! You must have got a good waitress to be able to do that!!

    Japan Australia

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  33. @Japan Australia,
    You think so? I met quite a few good waitress in Japan, then. ^^

    Me, asking about ingredients on items listed in the menu or those displayed -I did that a few times esp at places we are not familiar with or with food we've never eaten before. I don't want to accidentally eat buta niku most of all. o.O

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  34. Luckily there are so many eateries in Japan so you will never really starve. Although there is always so much to see there that photo-taking can be a higher priority. :D

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  35. @AVCr8teur,
    True! There is always some place with food in Japan. ^^

    And absolutely true that sometimes photo-taking became the priority. LOL

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  36. Yes!! Yes! Must go Japan and lepak in the train to enjoy the lovely views!!! I need a sponsor! Help!! : )

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  37. @foong,
    I oso need a sponsor too. Who want to help? ;p

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