Ozaki Jinja Shrine, Kanazawa
I made it to Kanazawa by train from Okayama on Sunday, June 30th. On Tuesday, July 2nd I began work. The past one and a half weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. I managed to get internet and phone on Sunday, a process I did not begin until I had my banking setup. My banking could not be setup till I had my hanko. I’m sure you can see where this is going…everything needs to be done in the right order and that takes time.
I did manage to finish unpacking on Monday. My apartment is now setup and organized. It is small but cozy. The location is good. I’m not far from work, less than a fifteen minute walk. There is a dry cleaner behind the building and a convenience store about a block away. If you know anything about Japanese convenience stores, you know that they are truly convenient.
So how was my trip from Okayama to Kanazawa? Very comfortable. I took a Shinkansen from Okayama to Kyoto. The train really is both fast and smooth. The seats on the train are comfortable and despite the luggage, I had enough room that I did not feel as cramped as I might have looked. In Kyoto I transfered to the Thunderbird. There is no Shinkansen in Kanazawa so I had to take a slower train. The second train was as comfortable as the first, just slower. I look forward to traveling by train in Japan.