Edinburgh to Tokyo

Having been temporarily defeated by red tape on my plan to take the Silk route across Asia, I decided instead to head for Tokyo. It turned out to be a good decision. After crossing Europe, I took the original Trans-Sib route from Moscow to Vladivostok and then a ship to Japan via South Korea, covering over 15000 km.

Leg 1

UK – Holland

From Newcastle to Amsterdam

DFDS ferry

Commodore class

401 km, 17 hours

Leg 2

Holland – Germany – Poland

From Amsterdam to Warsaw

EN447 “Jan Kiepura”

1st class sleeper

1094 km, 16 hours

Leg 3

Poland – Belarus – Russia

Warsaw – Moscow

D10 “Polonez”

1st class sleeper

1502 km, 20 hours

Leg 4


From Moscow to Vladivostok (Trans-Siberian route)

Train 002

1st class sleeper

9298 km, 6 days

Leg 5

Russia – South Korea

Vladivostok – Donghae

MV Eastern Dream

2nd class cabin

500 km, 1 day

Leg 6

South Korea – Japan

Donghae – Sakaiminato

MV Eastern Dream

2nd class cabin

400 km, 1 day

Leg 7


Sakaiminato – Yonaga (The Kitano Family Train)

Yonaga – Okayama (The Yakumo Limited Express)

Okayama – Kyoto (The Hikari Super Express)

Green Class

6 hours

Leg 8


Kyoto – Tokyo (The Tokaido Shinkansen)

Green Class

3 hours 20 minutes

15000 km on the classic Trans-Siberian route crossing 10 time zones

The 002 train was a total pleasure and I really started to feel at home in Siberia. The alienation of life in South Korea and Japan provided plenty of excitement.

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