Thunderbird Express – Kyoto to Kanazawa. very comfortable 2 1/2 hours. Rainy day at Kanazawa Castle Interesting display of how these castles were built showing the wood joinery, walls and roof. Castle was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1881 so most of the castle has been rebuilt.
A 3 hour trip on the Shinkansen south gets you to the very tidy and well laid out city of Kokura. We took the monorail to the Tanga Market and then walked over the bridge to the Castle, Yasaka Shrine and the Riverwalk. The Old and New – Kokura Castle and in the background some of the fabulous buildings on the River Walk Yasaka Shrine Takoyaki (octopus balls)