On the bullet train:
When going from the normal trains to a bullet train one must provide their tickets (or IC cards) used in the initial transit to arrive so that all transit can be accounted for.
We, not knowing this, attempted to feed our tickets to get on the bullet train to the machine and were promptly bounced.
Well, now we know.
You can buy these at most stations and they’re nice for long train rides.
Like this five hour ride to go more than half way across Japan. (Only five hours to cross a country… You can marvel at the size of the country or the speed of its transportation.)
We arrived at Hakata station, took a subway to another station close to our place to stay for the night (found on airbnb) and promptly got lost.
After walking through 40 degrees air for about 30 min we realized we were at the wrong address and walked the other direction for 15 more minutes.
Apparently they don’t list the true address of the place on the website since they don’t want random people showing up.
Anyway, we got there safely.
Sort of hard to see, but a decent room that will fit four people fine.
The actual trip with sight seeing starts tomorrow.
At least two shrines are on the schedule asking with a museum and a few shopping malls.
Well, that’s for tomorrow.
Sleep for now.