Scenic train ride to Nagoya
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October 2nd, 2009 – by: domnicella
I digress. The ride from Takayama to Nagoya, where I switched to the shinkansen, was the lengthier of the two (about two and a half hours), and absolutely gorgeous. At first, I wasn't looking forward to the hokey "limited express" that wound its way down through the mountains.
Boy was I wrong. Having arrived in Takayama so late and in the pitch black, I had no idea what my eyes were missing. The ride was wonderful. Gorgeous, breathtaking, awe-inspiring, you name it. The train winds down through the mountains (and while not a bullet train, this ain't no slow poke either), through lush forests, along countless rivers, across bridges and dams and dare I say a gorge or two. It was the kind of scenery that would cause National Geographic to send its top photographers out to capture surreal images for a glossy, several page spread highlighting the beauties of the region, and I've no doubt they've already done so. Simply gorgeous.
After scarfing my breakfast and finishing Miss Austen, you can picture me staring out the window, grinning from ear to ear, jamming to The Clash (check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYK7bEo1Z4M), with all the dignified Japanese thinking "what is that goofy tourist smiling at now?"
It was a good ride.
(Note: my photos are a terrible rendering and don't begin to do the beautiful scenery justice.)
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