Abashiri is apparently famous for its punishing jail and for its drift ice. I hope not to experience the former and have arrived too late for the latter. 

It was a very pleasant train ride on the Taisetsu Express, beginning in rural scenery before moving along a stony river valley through verdant Mountain forest. 

Plus there was power on board. Always a great thing when you are trying to keep your devices going. The view out the window was the real draw card. Our back carriage became the front when the train reversed at Engaru. I’ll have to post all the video later. 

Arriving late into Abashiri I had a choice of late night eateries near the station. Because proper family diners are so rare in Australia I chose Victoria Station. A salad bar was a bonus. Surprising how busy it is after 9pm too. 

Have to get up early tomorrow for the next train. 

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