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Trip to Japan Monday August 21 through Wednesday August 30, 2017

by Jenny and Charlie Plesums

This is the intro - with links to separate "chapters" for each major part of the trip.

Intro and a bit of history

Our Trip 6 of 2017 - August 21-30 - was back to Japan. We love the country and it has been 4 years since our last visit. We wanted to see Nagasaki - the target of the second atomic bomb - (we had previously been to the first bomb site - Hiroshima). Jenny wanted to explore Kanazawa, one of the historic craft cities that caught Jenny's eye. This is Charlie's 5th trip to Japan, and Jenny's 4th.

Click here for our earlier Trip to Osaka in 2006 (text only)

Click here for our earlier Trip to Tokyo (and Kawagoe, Nippori) in 2013

Our first destination this trip was Nagasaki at the southern tip of Japan. We decided to fly, since we would be arriving at Narita Airport in Tokyo, a long way from the city, and there are bargain flights from Narita. But there is no commercial airport in Nagasaki. The closest "large" airport is at Fukuoka, a 2 hour train ride away from Nagasaki. After Tuesday night in Hakata (close to the Fukuoka airport, and near the train station to Nagasaki) we spent Wednesday and Thursday in Nagasaki.

Either front of back end of the train we took (they are the same). It is the "pilot compartment" but not the engine, since each axle has it's own motor.

Friday was largely spent on the Shinkansen "Bullet Train" (up to 200 mph) from Nagasaki back to Tokyo. Saturday and Sunday included a visit to the Edo museum and Tokyo Sky Tree with our friends in the Shinjukuu area of Tokyo.

Then on Monday we took the Shinkansen train a couple hours to spend a day (and night) in Kanazawa on Monday and Tuesday, August 28-29, before returning to Tokyo for a night before returning home to Texas on Wednesday August 30.

The long legs of our trip were in Premium Economy, from Los Angeles to Tokyo on American Airlines, and returning from Tokyo to Dallas-Fort Worth on Japan Airlines. It is an interesting experiment, with space and service between coach and business class, that we will try again.

Continue to next part - Nagasaki

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