Came across this inspiring series of documentary(?) created by this guy (Adam Dodge), who cycled 4 abandoned railways in Hokkaido with his girlfriend in a month’s time. The videos are very well made. Besides being entertaining to watch, they are also educational, touching on some history of the lines. During my time here, I think I’ve fallen in love with trains in Japan (some were even major highlights of my Kyushu trip!)… and it is amazing how much respect the Japanese have for trains… They don’t just decorate them with themes, some people even go as far as saluting to the trains(Mostly from train operators and janitors… but I’ve seen several train otakus done that too)!
I have always wanted to visit Hokkaido, but it seems it won’t be happening this time. My mom would kill me if I step foot on anywhere north of the Tohoku area… otherwise, it’d be perfect to visit during the Obon holidays. With the JR Hokkaido 7-day pass (only costs 10000yen! ), I could train there from Tokyo and back… and it would take approx. 23 hours each way. Traveling in Hokkaido by train in summer to see Lavender and sun flowers is my dream! But that’d have to wait till next time =(
Watching these videos make me wanna hop on a bike and do a short trip SOMEWHERE, preferably with mountains and ocean (hmm, Wakayama)… Adventurous as it is, I wouldn’t have the guts to do what those two did.. to follow those deserted routes. Some of the roads along those abandoned railways are pretty darn scary. Still, I’m really thankful for the videos, allowing me to catch a glimpse of something I probably won’t do in my life.
Alright, I should be packing for my long weekend trip to Kyoto and Nara. Leaving by night bus tomorrow night. This month is when the Gion Matsuri’s happening… So gotta rest up and be prepared for another draining and crowded weekend ( I kinda still haven’t recovered from my trip to Nikko last weekend).