We left home at 11:30 am on Monday, 19 August 2013, about a half hour later than ideal. We rolled our bags to the Christie metro station, a short 10 minute walk. From Kiplling Station we took the airport express bus to Pearson International Airport – total cost of $3 each and travel time of 40 minutes. Pretty much how long a cab would take, and about $40 cheaper. Exactly what public transit should be. The rest of the trip had much more epic proportions.
Air Canada flight 1 to Tokyo took off a bit late at 2:20pm and put us at Narita Airport at about 4 pm local time, about 13 hours in the air.
Narita Express train from Narita International Airport to downtown Tokyo was about 1.5 hours and cost about $30 each, and from there a bullet train to Sendai, the Tokohu line shinkansen, was another 1.5 hours and cost about $210 each, a steal for the 365km ride. It rained on the way and the windows didn’t even get wet, the raindrops were simply whipped off the glass. They don’t call it a bullet train for nothing.
In Sendai we were met by Daisuke Takeya, hardest working artist in the world, and Ykiko Sato. The last leg of the journey was a 1.5 hour car drive to Onagawa.
Train, bus, plane, train, train, and car for a grand total of 24 hours of continuous travel, a personal record.