A View from the Shinkansen

At the end of July, we took a much needed trip out of the Tokyo heat to Nagano.  This was our first trip on the Shinkansen (bullet train).  The Shinkansen is a high speed train which can travel at speeds up to 188 mph, so it took less than 2 hours to get to Nagano.

The photos above and below show you how the board changes between Japanese and English…

A good portion of the trip to Nagano is actually spent traveling through the mountains.  The tracks go directly through the mountains and when they exit, the “tunnel boom” phenomenon can occur.  It’s nothing we noticed, but it might impact nearby residents.

All of these photos were taken while we were traveling on the train.  I know this isn’t a very good photo, but it made me laugh.  This doesn’t look like Japan…

Random things out the window…

Stay tuned…I still have several more photos to share of our sightseeing in Nagano.  Don’t worry, they are much more exciting than the photos from the train.  :)

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