Fell sleep while waiting for updates on FB and woke up at 0:30am realized it is pretty cold but managed to sleep until 5:00am. Stretched my body and chat with my dad, then left home at 6:30am to catch a bus. The bus took 30 minutes to go to Nagoya. After walking into JR Nagoya station, I bought some food for the trip today. Reached to the platform in 10 minutes.
Full of quiet people, some even sleeping...
The Nozomi 302 leaving Nagoya 7:39am was late by 5 minutes because of the snow in Maibara area. The train was washed to clear snow on the body and proceeded. The train moved under partly cloudy weather, I could not see Mt. Fuji because it was cloud covered. The train was supposed to arrive at 9:20am and I thought it would be at 9:25am but actual arrival was only 1 minute delay.
Nozomi 302 arriving at Nagoya station where snow removing crews standing by
My Breakfast, maybe too much.
|Looking outside||Mt. Fuji cannot be seen this time.|
At Tokyo station, I changed the platform to Tohoku Shinkansen Line. They have several different looking ones so I enjoyed watching it. I bought my lunch before getting on the train. The Yamabiko 55, left Tokyo station at 9:40am, made several stops on the way. The sky was clear until passing Kurikoma Kogen station then snow started. Arriving to Ichinoseki at 12:14pm.
At Tokyo platform
E4 E2 and E5
Yamabiko 55 at Tokyo station
After arriving to Ichinoseki, I walked to a platform for local train. 2 car train model KIHA100 left Ichinoseki at 12:22pm. It was snowing outside. The train moved on single tracked winding trail. The outside I see are a few houses, mountains and farmland and all of them were snow covered. The train's windows soon got fogged because of the weather condition. Arriving at Kesennuma station at 1:41pm on time.
I had about 10 minutes before getting a bus leaving Kesennuma station. Because of the Tsunami, the rail track was destroyed from here and bus service was needed to substitute. The but moved in major road toward Rikuzentakada. I could see a lot of construction machines and dump trucks for the reconstruction, as well as the open spaces with some debris or foundation of the houses stood left, they were the damage done by tsunami,
KIHA100 train at Ichinoseki
|Moving on a single track||Snow covered area|
|Kesennuma Station Sign||Welcome, Manzu Manzu Yogu Kitagodo...|
BRT to Rikuzentakada
Pictures from Rikuzentakada
Left hotel at 9:30am, dropped off my large backpack at a locker at the train station then began walking back to the fish market. Now most of the snow is gone from the road. Something good about this part of country, is people passing by greets. While I was walking on the road, I greeted with many local people who I do not even know. At the city hall, saw a line drawn on a column with indication of tide level around adult's chest. I checked on the Google earth and saw the elevation is 40ft, so the water actually came in that high from the sea level. at 9:45
Walking around the port area, and saw a shrine, so I decided to walk up there using snow covered stairs. Watched the scenery of the port from high above, watching a ferry leaving the port around 10:00am. Walking by the fish market and then to a hill nearby around 10:30am. I can see the area is pretty much wiped out and some remaining buildings are either being demolished or missing the first floor.
Decided to walk back to the station so I won't miss the train. Bought a lot of gifts and had a lunch at the restaurant there for seafood which was delicious! Left there at 11:40am,
Railroad crossing which is not in use
Arrived back at the Kesennuma station at 12:08pm, picked up my bag from a locker and get in the train. The local train, which has only one car, left Kesennuma station at 12:20pm. It was another long train ride, making stops at every stations. The outside is snow covered and more than yesterday's. The train slowed down and entered the platform at Ichinoseki at 1:42pm.
The train arrived to Ichinoseki on time at 1:42pm. I walked up to the bridge and changed the platform for the bullet train toward Tokyo.
Ichinoseki to Ueno Yamabiko 58, 13:48 - 16:18
Yamabiko 58 to Ueno
Evening with friends
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