Monday, 29 July 2013

Trains In The East

Gotta love JR East.
Do you know that there is the new JR East 5-days flexible pass for tourists? Great value! Plus, if you are game, you can participate in the JR East Gift Campaign where you can visit/stop at selected stations and redeem local gifts there. We did it way back in 2010 and got some nice postcards at Ueda Station. :-)
 
 
 
 
The staff. Professional. Efficient. Friendly. I think I love JR Kyushu staff more though.

But in any trains, gotta love the cart ladies. How many kilometres do they walk a day during their shift, I wonder? Always smart looking. Always polite.

There was only one instance where I saw a ruffled looking cart lady. Can't blame her though. The train was running longer than usual because of delay so she worked more hours. Imagine a trip from Osaka to Kanazawa double the usual time!

All trains were delayed by a few hours that day (yeah, imagine that!) that we arrived in Kanazawa at midnight instead of 9.00pm or something. Without a hotel reservation to boot! o.O
Anyhoo, Raimie got this. It's supposed to be a free gift for purchases made on the train. We didn't buy anything. It was given by a nice lady sitting across the aisle.
We got on plenty of trains. From the new; like the Hayabusa
The not-so new Komachi with Pokemon on the train body and on the head rest cover too. Gotta love it!
 
 
 
To the leisurely resort style trains, like the Resort Shirakami (Buna) enjoying the scenic view on the Gono Line and the sleeper train Akebono
 
 
To the local trains.

All FUN!

But wait! There's more trains on JR East. More soon!

16 comments:

  1. Wheee! Trains! This may be blasphemy, but trains are even better than ...

    OK. Train are just as good as Sky Tree.

    (^0^)

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  2. You're approving comments now?

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  3. Yup, she's approving comments. Why? You got a spammer?

    I've never taken a sleeper train. I hope I can do that one day.

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    1. we took them four times.

      On the trip from Kanazawa to Tokyo & vice versa, from Osaka to Tokyo & this.

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  4. Wait. Woa. Why does this post say 2 July (at the top) when it's 29 July? That's why comments have to be approved - it's an old post. Why, then, did it show up in my "blogs I read" stream?

    Ooo, I love mysteries almost as much as I love trains. :D

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  5. No mystery.

    Lina was stupid.

    This is supposed to come out on Aug 2nd but I clicked July 1st. Pfft.

    Damage done.

    Changed it to today's date instead of keeping it till end of week. :-D

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  6. Can definitely never get enough of the trains in Japan. Is there a better way to see this beautiful country?

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    1. There better not be! I love my train rides.

      Well, maybe running? ehehe

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  7. What an amazing variety of trains. My son in law was on a train when that awful earthquake hit, they were stopped for hours. He says everyone mobbed the carts as they guessed they would not have food for a while.

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    1. OMG!

      That is so scary!

      Sounds funny now (to me, at least) at the thought of passengers swarming the food cart and hoarding food but the situation must be so worrying for them to think that they'll be stuck long.

      Glad everyone was safe!

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  8. As you say, the staff on the trains are very friendly We're proud of it :)

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    1. They represent Japan well. :-)

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  9. you are making me missing train rides in Japan!

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    1. If its any consolation, I am making ME miss the trains in Japan. :P

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  10. When our KTM can be like JR? haha.

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    1. when they can at least be punctual! Hahaha

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