Traveled up to Tokyo on the JR Highway Bus from Nagoya to Shinjuku (South Exit) today.
The journey takes 6 hours and costs 5,100 yen for an adult (half price for my 4-year-old kid). The bus is a comfortable double-decker and follows the northern route on the Chuo Expressway and enters Tokyo via Kofu and Hino.
The Shinkansen bullet train follows the southern coastal route via Shizuoka.
The bus passes through some scenic (snow-capped) mountains in Gifu and Nagano Prefectures. We stopped 3 times on route for about 10 or 15 minutes including a stop at the impressive Suwako Lake in Nagano.
The whole experience was enlivened by a chance encounter with Yoshiki Nakahara, a Copenhagen-based artist with an exhibition running at the Teipaku Gallery in the Ginza until 25 December 2005.
Otemachi Subway Station A4/A5 Exit; JR Tokyo Station Marunouchi North Exit (10 minutes walk)
Friday, December 09, 2005