|What I'll look like after a Tokyo-Shikoku journey on local trains|
Every once in a while I like to subject myself to personal experiments. For example, last year I attempted (and more or less successfully completed) a summer hibernation challenge, just to see how long I would last without driving myself insane (I overdosed on photo booth and take out sushi).
This summer, I'm attempting a different, more exciting kind of challenge. In a few days I'll be traveling all the way south to Shikoku, the island where I spent my first year in Japan. It's actually very far away, and I'll use my Seishun 18 kippu to ride local trains all the way from Tokyo. As I've mentioned before, this pass is one of the best deals in Japan, and is only offered at limited times, so I highly recommend getting your hands on it, to hop all over the country for next to nothing.
If you have a lot of time, traveling on slow trains is the best way to see the landscape of Japan. Even though I love riding the Shinkansen, it speeds through so quickly, and it's difficult to take in the surroundings and see small towns. I just love riding trains in general, as they're less smothering than buses and allow more freedom to move around.
All my friends have warned me, though. The journey takes several hours (possibly two days), and I think I'll hate myself halfway through and be tempted to hop on the Shinkansen, but I'll try to resist the urge. I'll make sure I have plenty of books, music, snacks, and water.
I'm particularly excited to return to Kagawa prefecture, a place I'm so fond of. It has been over a year since I last visited, and many of my friends are still there, and I've missed the rice fields and mountains and general peacefulness of the countryside. I can't wait to write about it and share this part of my life that is unfamiliar to most of my Tokyo friends.
I've been so lighthearted thinking about Shikoku and just loving my summer in Tokyo so far, I think my heart will explode with happiness.
|I will travel from Tokyo (lime green part on the right)|
to Shikoku (light purple island all the way down)