Traveling from Tokyo to Takayama

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Below, a shinkansen (bullet train) pulls into Tokyo Station.


Traveling north from Tokyo the metropolis soon gives way to a seemingly endless series of edge cities, featuring closely-spaced detached houses and small plots of agricultural land.
Edge City

Edge City

Edge City

As we approach the mountains the housing gets less dense and the agricultural plots get larger. Fields are planted with rice,
Approaching Mountains


…and assorted vegetables.

We don’t see any American-style suburban tract houses with large lawns. In fact I don’t think I ever saw a real private lawn anywhere. Any open space that can be planted with crops is used for that purpose.
Mountain Road

In the mountains the size of the fields is more limited, mostly because of the lack of suitable flat ground.

Mountain River



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