Photographer's Note

Hachinohe Station.. After a three hour trip from Tokyo by Shinkansen, I arrived at Hachinohe Station. Everyone has about 10 - 12 minutes to transfer over to the express train bound for Hakodate.

On he way down the stairs I noticed that my next train looked like a big green fist. I put my bags behind the last seat and ran back outside to photograph the front of the train. The train said "HEAT" on the side

If you are hungry it is better to get something at the station because bento boxes are more expensive if you buy them on this "Heat" Super express train.. There is actually a bento box menue behind every seat.

The ride to Hakodate is vert pleasent and takes about 3 hours and twenty minutes.. The train passes right by the sea where you can view old fishing villages and beautiful mountain scenery. Then it plunges right under the sea into the new tunnel that connects Japan's main Island to Hokkaido. It is the longest underground tunnel in the world. It is a dark ride with nothing to see, but you could feel the coldness from the ocean all around you. After about twenty minutes you start to get a little nervous and begin to wonder "What if"? There is a stop in the middle of the tunnel and you can get off if you have a ticket. Take the elevator upstairs to the man made island and have a look at the sea and the island that used to be park of a mountain somewhere else in Japan.

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