Postcard from Japan: Untouched Tohoku

Today I travelled by train from Hiraizumi to Hanamaki, and then to Tono, first taking the JR Tohoku Line, and then the JR Kamaishi Line.

Hiraizumi to Tono

Hiraizumi to Tono

I had rather a long time to wait either at Hiraizumi or Hanamaki and, having already spent enough time in Hiraizumi I opted for Hanamaki. It was a pretty small station, but had a sort of cafe/shop, so not as small as some of the stations I passed on the way, which were completely unmanned.

Today’s journey was long, but I couldn’t take my eyes off the scenery between Hanamaki and Tono. It was an hour of rolling hills reflecting in rice paddies, clear streams, and blue skies. Just beautiful. Pure, untouched Tohoku.

View from the train between Hanamaki and Tono on the JR Kamaishi Line

 

View from the train between Hanamaki and Tono on the JR Kamaishi Line

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