As my mom and dad found out, I take an aggressive approach to sightseeing. I'm also a bit of a dweeb when it comes to transportation - I love to puzzle out all the different ways to get from A to B. The end result was a ten-day itinerary that included every major form of transportation available in Japan, with the exception of the rickshaw.
- All our airport runs were done by taxi.
- In Fukuoka, we got around using bikes and the subway.
- From Fukuoka to Kuju and Aso and back, we took a rental car. Both toll roads and windy mountain passes were involved.
- From Fukuoka to Nagasaki, we took JR Kyushu's Kamome Limited Express.
|A beautiful ride near the Nagasaki end.|
- In Nagasaki, we got around by streetcar.
|Not really impressive for a yinzer.|
- From Nagasaki to Kansai, we flew on Peach, a Japanese budget airline.
- From Kansai to Kyoto, we took JR West's Haruka Limited Express.
- Around Kyoto, we took the Kyoto City Bus, a local JR line, and the Keifuku Electric Railway, a dinky little private streetcar line.
- In Arashiyama, we took a rowboat across the river!
|Dan likes putting Kath to work.|
|Granted, there's also some residual monkey park glee in Dan's face at this moment.|
(More on the monkey park later.
- And from Kyoto back to Fukuoka, we took the Nozomi Shinkansen (bullet train).
|Oddly enough, the bullet train is the least blurry thing in the picture . . .|