From Niigata I took the train into inland Yamagata, rather than the more conventional coast line. Services are infrequent - in some places 4 a day making it difficult to get out and look around anywhere that was not already a terminal station.
The countryside is very pretty in the mountains - more so I imagine once the leaves start turning colour. The windows of the train were in need of a polish, and photos haven't done it justice. I passed through Oguni, where one of Hiro's uni friends lives, they get upwards of 3 metres of snow there in the winter...
|The mountains have lots of hydroelectricity.|
|One track trainlines|
|Covered cultivation on the hills around Yamagata|
|Yamagata walking map at the station|
|An impressively bubble economy building next to|
Yamagata railway station
|The bubble economy building has a hands on science museum there that includes|
wind up dynamos to show the amount of energy used
to power different kinds of lights. LED requires minimal effort.
The long life ones a lot more.
|Shinjo - I have already been to Shinjo so took a|
train a few stops north to Mamurogawa