First leg was from Tokyo to Niigata on which I rode on Shinkansen (approx. 2 hours).
In Niigata, I checked out Bandai Bridge - this one is actually the third generation of the brige.
The bridge was built in 1929 and is very elegant in form.
Here's the new bridge close by - it resembles the old bridge, but cannot match the beauty of the original.
This ride was about 2 hours and 45 min. and went by the coast line of Sea of Japan.
The third leg of my trip was from Kanazawa to Osaka - 2 hours and 20 mn. in length.
The express train route went by Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan.