Saturday, 21 April 2012

At The Station : Yufuin

Yufuin Station is a wooden terminal that also has a tourist information office and a small art gallery. A bit (just a little bit) of ENglish spoken there but you can ask for directions in English. There's a foot-bath somewhere but we didn't stop and try it. We were more excited about getting to our cottage and soak in a tub instead!
A deserted station in the evening. It was about 8.00pm when this photo were taken. We were out scrounging for food!
Yufuin Station doesn't have a ticket gate. As with a few other train stations in Japan, train staff would only stand on the platform when trains are arriving and departing to check for tickets. Train buffs can purchase platform tickets to check out the Yufuin no mori trains.

We had tickets reserved days earlier for our return trip to Hakata but as the day was so unconducive for sight-seeing - it being a rainy day and all, we decided to head to Hakata a few hours earlier. Zaini was checking out the time-table before getting our new tickets. No extra charge with JR Pass!
While waiting for the departure time of the Yufuin no mori, passengers had a ball of time taking photos on the platform, ourselves included.
I'll move on and post on a different city/island after this post. ^^

25 comments:

  1. That green train looks very special.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    1. It is a cool train. With great staff too! Have you read my previous post on it? :)

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  2. love the green train. looks cute!

    hmmm old fashion style of selling tickets. nice...i reckon there;s not much people so its pretty organised.

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    1. 1. Scheduled trains that are not that frequent
      2. People don't really want to cheat their way to free trips.

      There are quite a number of unmanned train stations in rural Japan too. ^^

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  3. You can carry on writing about Yufuin! I'm happy to look at green trains and red trees. ^^

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    1. But if I'm stuck at Yufuin, how can I show you the autumn colors of Shikoku? ;)

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    2. Autumn photos from Shikoku? Why didn't you say that before? Get yourself to that station, woman, you've got a train to catch! :D

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    3. Don't get too excited though. The photos may not be much to shout about.

      And... I'm feeling kinda weird showing autumn photos while you guys are putting up seasonal posts. xD

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  4. Yes, it is a beautiful place and love the wooden train terminal, which is so cool :)

    Japan Australia

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    1. Indeed. The wooden train station evoke such an atmospheric experience.

      But I like red bricks train stations as much as wooden train station too. ;)

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  5. The station got that kinda 'antique' feeling. Plus they have train staffs and no auto ticket booth. And the people are much more relax.

    Unlike the other busy, over-crowded stations in Tokyo at all~

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    1. That's why it's nice for us to experience both big cities and small towns too. Right? :)

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  6. 8pm and the place is deserted? The residents there retired quite early, huh?

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    1. My town here sleeps at 10pm and I'm already grumbling about having no night life, and there? 8pm? But of course Japanese wake up very much earlier than me :)

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    2. Most places closes early even in big cities like Tokyo, you know!

      But watering holes/entertainment outlets are open. Cannot take the kiddos there lah. xD

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  7. Oh yes, the green train is cute. A very contemporary one!

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    1. You haven't seen my shinkansens photo yet! ;)

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  8. I think you can usually change your tickets for free. I did it for Shinkansen tickets from Sendai once. As long as there is space, there shouldn't be a problem. :)

    The green train is interesting. I like the "missile" on the front. ^^ (FYI, they have strange wings on the coupler)

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  9. I love taking photos at the platform as well. :D Especially when the train approaches.

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    1. I spent a lot of time doing it in Japan. ^^

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  10. That wooden train terminal is really nice, quite a sophisticated modern design.

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  11. I like that little "propeller" in front of the train. Does it make it go faster or is it used for another purpose? :D

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    1. My my my. What sharp eyes you've got. xD

      Seriously, you have sharp eyes! I didn't even notice it until you mentioned about it.

      Time to do some research! ^^

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