The Anonymous Widower

A Proposed Trip To Japan

Over the last few months, I have made references to battery trains built by Hitachi running in Japan.

C and myself, bought the guide for Japan, but we didn’t get far in planning a holiday there, as she became ill, with the cancer that killed her.

So perhaps now is the time to go to Japan and explore.

  • The plan would be to spend a couple of weeks or so at the end of March, in a decent hotel in Tokyo and explore the country by train.
  • Most of the places, I want to visit are served by bullet trains.
  • I might also have a few days in South Korea.

If anybody has any ideas or suggestions, then please contact me.

December 27, 2017 - Posted by | Transport | ,


  1. It sounds a great time to visit. We are still in the process of planning a similar trip for April. Our original plan was to base ourselves in Tokyo and Seoul but we may now spend the entire trip in South Korea as there appears to be lots to keep us busy and leave Japan for a future trip. If I remember correctly, you have a trip planned early in the new year for Helsinki. I’m sure you will enjoy Finland – it’s my most visited country and I will be heading to Tampere in February myself. Hope you’ve enjoyed Christmas and wish you some interesting rail journeys for 2018!

    Comment by Little Miss Traveller | December 27, 2017 | Reply

  2. Keep in touch on your dates! We might be able to meet!

    Comment by AnonW | December 27, 2017 | Reply

  3. It is a fascinating place, Neil went there, many years ago now, when he was in Merchant Navy – will be 40 years ago because we hasn’t known each other long. His first posting, he flew out to Tokyo, via Anchorage, he was 20, and spent the next few months sailing between Kagashima and UAE. He spent time in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kagashima. On another posting he was anchored in Tokyo Bay for a month, and so got to visit there regularly. It was their winter and very very cold. At that stage they were still wary of English speakers in case they were American, but of course, that may well have changed. He was given a little set of cards on a ring, with things on one side in English and the other side in Japanese which he used when he needed to ask something. He also worked for a Japanese company over here in UK for a while, but nothing from that is relevant to visiting Japan, apart from they have a different sense of humour. Two managers, in hard hats, sat on chairs facing each other, and hitting each other with hammers – I think they were foam or wood, don’t think they could have done any damage. But the Japanese folk at the event were roaring laughing, thought it was hilarious. And they take karaoke very very seriously.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | December 27, 2017 | Reply

  4. Get the Japan rail pass, since most of the places you want to visit are on the Shinkansen lines. It might be expensive, but after only a couple of trips it will be worth it (it even works on the ferry to Miyajima)

    Comment by Anthony | December 27, 2017 | Reply

    • My son has already done something similar a few years ago, so I know about passes.

      Thanks all the same!

      Comment by AnonW | December 27, 2017 | Reply

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