"Thanks for sharing this Ed.
I was planning to go next year. I want to visit my friend at his farm in Niigata !
Will be using lovely shinkansen a lot with my JR railpass : )
Do you know the application process for the tickets?
I will be staying in Calpe, near Alicante quite soon, and would like to visit a friend in Madrid for a day or two.
I am interested to know the best way to travel to Madrid. Would I need to go from Alicante, or is there another…"