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Overview of today:
From the Kodama #643 Shinkansen to Shizuoka station, changing quickly to the local for Kanaya station. …to the oldest steam powered locomotive in Japan, perhaps the only one! I have signed up for the Oigawa Railway’s “Winter in Sumata” package. There is live entertainment both in and outside the train car. Arriving at Senzu station, it’s back to nature time. I take a bus up precipitous roads to the Hiryu no Yado hotel. An evening stomp in my new mountain boots up into the mountains, through a tunnel, and then walk into the scariest moments of the entire Shizuoka experience, bar none. But, I make it back for wild boar winter soup.