Day 3 - Monday 30 August - Kii Peninsula

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So I decided it was just going to be too hot and miserable to go to Universal Studios. So I guess I'll never get to go on the Back to the Future ride :( Unless by some miracle it's still there next time we come to Osaka.

Stu did some research last night and thought a nice long air-conditioned train trip would be in order. There are JR lines that go all the way around the Kii Peninsula, a lot of it on the coast so we decided to do that.

Little did we know the whole trip would take thirteen hours and nine trains :)

But since the journey was the destination and the whole point of the day was to sit in relative comfort, the day was a win :)

Warning: the rest of this entry is going to be really boring.. just sayin'

10:00 Our first, shortest, trip was from Shin-Osaka to Osaka. Getting the hang of the Osaka train system and reading the boards so was pretty easy.

~10:10 Our second train was the Osaka loop line. Also easy to find - platforms 1 and 2, and which one you go to determines whether you clockwise around the loop or anti clockwise. There was a train on the platform so we got on that and went clockwise. Never actually been that way around the loop before.

10:42 Our third train was a local train from Tennoji headed for Wakayama. This was going quite slowly so we decided to ditch that one at Otori and swap to a Rapid train (we passed the slow one a little way down the line).

Train #3: Tennoji (Osaka) to Otori
Train #3: Tennoji (Osaka) to Otori 

On the train to Otori
On the train to Otori 

11:26 Our fourth train was a Rapid from where we got on at Otori. We were a little concerned that train was headed for both Kansai Airport and Wakayama, when these are on different branches, but the train actually got split at Hineno! And as an added bonus we were in the correct half of the train so didn't need to move.

Train #4: Rapid from Otori to Wakayama
Train #4: Rapid from Otori to Wakayama 

Canal near Higashisano
Canal near Higashisano 

12:21 Our fifth train was from Wakayama. We were out of the city now but still a lot of built up areas between rice paddies and mountains. Not much in the way of coastline. This train terminated unexpectedly (for us) at Gobo, so we had to sit on a platform in the middle of nowhere until the next train came along.

Train #5: Wakayama to Gobo
Train #5: Wakayama to Gobo 

Looking across Wakaura Bay
Looking across Wakaura Bay. There's actually an amusement park over there! 

Shiotsu
Shiotsu 

Refinery and gas storage at Hatsushima
Refinery and gas storage at Hatsushima 

Mystery building in Oshima
Mystery building in Oshima 

Cute little seaside town of Nishihiro
Cute little seaside town of Nishihiro 

13:47 Our sixth train was a limited express. We were originally going to get off at Tanabe but the place didn't look very inspiring so we decided to stay on till it terminated at Shirahama.

Train #6: Limited Express from Gobo to Shirahama
Train #6: Limited Express from Gobo to Shirahama 

Coastline near Iwashiro
Coastline near Iwashiro 

14:30 Arrival at Shirahama. On the way out of the station we had a look at what time the next train was. It was either 15:17 or 16:52(!) So we decided to just have a quick lunch and then keep going. Which is a bit of a shame cause it looks like it might have been a nice place to spend some time in. Although everything is a fair hike from the station so would have had to take an infrequent bus or a taxi. Oh well, maybe next time.

Where we had lunch in Shirahama
Where we had lunch in Shirahama 

Shirahama train station
Shirahama train station 

15:17 Our seventh train was another limited express "Ocean Arrow". The was probably the best leg of the day. Quite a lot if it was along the coast, although photography opportunities were limited by trees and power lines obstructing the view. This train terminated at Shingu so sat on the platform there (in a little air-conditioned room) for twenty minutes.

Train #7: Limited Express (Ocean Arrow) from Shirahama to Shingu
Train #7: Limited Express (Ocean Arrow) from Shirahama to Shingu 

Coastline near Mirozu
Coastline near Mirozu 

Mirozu
Mirozu 

Beach at Wabuka
Beach at Wabuka
Photo by Stu 

Coast near Tsuga
Coast near Tsuga 

Coast near Tawara
Coast near Tawara 

Coast near Shimosato
Coast near Shimosato 

Coast near Shimosato
Coast near Shimosato 

River in Shimosato
River in Shimosato 

Coast near Yukawa
Coast near Yukawa 

Beach near Shingu
Beach near Shingu 

17:28 Our eighth train was another limited express "Nanki 8". What we didn't realise was that this wasn't a JR train! When the ticket inspector came along he said it was a company train not a JR one.. Major doh!! The fare was 800 yen each, which really isn't too bad for what was to be a three hour trip! Imagine trying to that in Australia you'd be up for $50 or something silly!? There were some pretty towns along this trip, but the light was fading so didn't get to document them. 


Train #8: Nanki 8 from Shingu to Nagoya
Train #8: Nanki 8 from Shingu to Nagoya 

Factory at Udono
Factory at Udono 

Train going through Udono Station
Train going through Udono Station 
20:42 Arrival at Nagoya. So at this point we were both very tired and hungry, and then we went outside to find food and the heat and hurty zapped any remaining strength. So spent nearly half an hour wandering around trying to find food. In the end we ended up back at the station where there was a little alcove of restaurants under the station. Shared a ramen dish (a really tasty tsuke ramen) then headed upstairs to catch what a paper timetable said would be a 21:53 hikari. However the electronic boards said the next one would be a 22:11 .. grunt 


View west of Nagoya from the station
View west of Nagoya from the station

22:11 Our ninth and final train of the day was a Hikari Shinkansen from Nagoya to Shin-Osaka. After having eaten and cooled down in the train and painkillers kicked in I was feeling human again by the time we arrived at 23:10. 


Train #9: Hikari Shinkansen from Nagoya to Shin-Osaka
Train #9: Hikari Shinkansen from Nagoya to Shin-Osaka

So yeah. Super long day.


Geotagging - Day 3
Geotagging - Day 3

Photos on the Canon: 169
Photos on the Sony: 95
Videos on the Sony: 2
Photos on the Olympus: 1
Photos on the Video: 29
Videos on the Video: 48
Steps walked: 5535
Yen Spent: 6200

2 Comments

Aquila said:

Hmmm... wasn't really that boring. Just sayin'.

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