Saturday, May 14, 2016

McDonald's, Akihabara

I've been accused before of over-posting, and commenting on a McDonald's isn't going to sway any opinions to the contrary. But to the contrary, you may well need to know about this.

Because you can go to McDonald's across from Yodobashi Camera in Akiba, buy a soda, go upstairs, and look out the window at this. The Tohoku Shinkansen tracks, and the Tokaido Honsen train tracks, big as life, right in front of you.

So if you're the kind of person that likes a train now and then, this is crazy cool.  And the crazy weird thing is that no one I can find (in English) mentions the existence of this. How can everyone have overlooked it? Look how close the train is! How close?

That close! Look at it! And you know how frequent trains are here, so you never have to wait more than a minute for something to happen, especially with the local and express trains on the higher tracks in the background.

The only thing different/better is buying a platform ticket at Tokyo Station, whereupon you can go out on the platform and walk right up and touch the big trains without needing to pay and go somewhere on them. But this is said trains in motion, including the wacky teal/mauve Hayabusa.

And you know I know the names of them trains. 

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