After a few days pause the compass journey has restarted. B and Alex are in Tokyo and will meet me in Osaka tomorrow. In the meantime I’m heading south to Kyushu for the final two points of the Japanese railway system compass: West and South.
It will be a massive two days. I caught the Yamanote Line to Shinagawa and transferred to the Tokaido Shinkansen there. I actually caught the one earlier than I had booked, but it will make little difference as I have to change to the same Sakura Shinkansen service at Shin-Osaka.