Travelling by train in Japan is very easy and convenient, but prices for train tickets can be quite high. A train ticket on the shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto costs about 14.000 yen. Extensive train travels in Japan can therefore put a big dent in your travel budget.
I have taken the Shinkansen many times. The following was written in July, 2015
I am currently on the Shinkansen, the bullet train, travelling from Tokyo to Osaka. The Japanese bullet trains are famous throughout the world, known for their speed and ability to run on time. Coming from Norway, where you expect the trains to be at least twenty minutes late, it was quite a shock to experience the Japanese train system, where a twenty second delay on average would be considered a scandal.
I visited Östersund in May 2015
Turned out, plane tickets the first weekend in May are super-expensive. We have looked everywhere, to every European city, but found no cheap flights and hotels. We were faced with the possibility of staying home for the three-day weekend when my friend had the idea, why not go to Östersund?
I went trainspotting in Tokyo in March 2014.
I got off my train at Ueno Station, took the escalator down from the platform, headed for the main hall in search for an exit. I was on my way to meet some Japanese friends of mine.
I noticed the main hall was a lot more crowded than usual. There is always a lot of people in Tokyo, everywhere, all the time, but now there was even more people than usual in Ueno Station. There were even a few TV-crews there as well, and everybody was heading toward a specific platform.