Getting There!

Getting there: you could try riding by seagull. Monty Python joke goes here
I live in Iwate, which is where the trail currently ends, south of Aomori (where trail begins!) so the way I got there was:

Take the JR local train to Morioka, then take a bullet train from Morioka to Hachinohe station. (Fun fact: it looks like the shinkansen ticket and the local train ticket price do not differ by much at all!)

You might not live in Iwate. Here are two ways to get up to Aomori:
  • By bullet train to Hachinohe. You can take the Tohoku Shinkansen line from big city stations like Tokyo and Ueno all the way up to Hachinohe. Looks like that would cost about 16000 yen one way and take about 2 hours 40 minutes. 
  • By night bus to Hachinohe. That would take around 9500 yen. 
So: How do you work out the details of your trip?

The trusty Googly maps: Put in the station nearest you, and enter Hachinohe for your destination.  Is Googly maps in Japanese? Change the settings back to English here.

"Surviving in Japan Without Much Japanese" also recommends two other search sites for trains.

I don't know anything about night buses because bullet trains are the transportation of the gods, but here's the JNTO page for buses with some English language search sites.

Go to a JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization) Tourist Information Office near you to get advice.

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