En route to Nara, Rob and I made a stop at the SCMaglev and Railway park, which is filled with all different types of Japanese trains. Since it was Saturday, the place was packed with Japanese families. We managed to navigate around the throngs and check out their displays about the development of the Shinkansen railways and Maglev railways (up to 500 km/hour where current high speed trains are in the 200s. They anticipate opening it in 2027.) They also had a number of train driving simulators that you can put a ticket stub in a lottery to get a chance to buy a pass to do them.
One of the fun surprises of the museum was a huge train diorama of the railway between Tokyo and Osaka. Uncle Dino would love it! It condensed a whole day to 20 minutes and things were programmed to the time of day. Lights would turn on. Boats in the harbour would drive around. The maintenance road car would driver out in the middle of the night.
After the railway Park, we did one of my favorite things in Japan – shopping. We found a Beisia, which is similar to a Fred Meyer. I love seeing all the different items for sale here. We picked up some groceries, snack, stove gas and paper towels.