|The Japan Sea Coast from the train|
|Lots of towns have enormous public buildings - often local govt.|
that are much more imposing than any other building in town.
I guess it's a contemporary Japanese equivalent to a
mediaeval church in a European village....
|Not very crowded|
|The Uetsu sen follows along the coast with occasional inland|
|The bus to replace the Rikuu sai sen going east from Sakata.|
Apparently JR is not required to give seishun 18 ticket holders
alternative transport in the event that the trains aren't running.
I am very glad though that they did.
|There are quite a lot of windmills for power generation in the|
area - that said I am not sure I would be impressed with living in
a "windy town" as Tachikawa has labelled itself.
After missing my connection due to the substitute bus, it was so
tempting to catch a Shinkansen from Shinjo... I restrained myself and
saved myself more than 12,000 yen.