Some companies in Japan, north of Tokyo were asked to work an alternative schedule this past summer. Working from Saturday through Wednesday and taking the weekend off on Thursday and Friday. The idea was to save energy by shifting high power consuming activities like large factories to run less during the week and more during the weekend when power consumption is less. This indirectly was applied to my work schedule too, for the past three months I have been taking the weekend on Thursday and Friday and this gave me the opportunity to take some long distance trips around Japan.
The first such trip I took was from Nagoya to Nagasaki to Kumamoto and back to Nagoya. The total trip time to Nagasaki from Nagoya is about 6 hours by bullet and express train, but I had an over night stop over in Hakata, so the trip did not seem so long.
Tain mania in Japan is people who run around and take photos of trains. So get ready, here is my train (and other mass transit) mania blog post.
Around Nagasaki city, you get around using these old school trolly cars made by Mitsubishi. There are now newer one, but these are more fun. They have wood plank floors.
The next leg of my trip was from Nagasaki to Kumamoto. This trip used three different mass transit services to get to Kumamoto, the JR train to Isahaya, private Shimabara rail to Shimabara port, a ferry across the port and a bus to Kumamoto.
Below is the Shimabara private rail car, they run only one car trains and collect cash money at the end of your trip. At Isahaya, the Shimabara rail company uses platform 0.