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Taking the long Trans-Siberian road to Japan

In the late summer of 2009, while standing hung over on a pier at Fushiki Port in Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture, one of those little-visited industrial cities on the west coast of Honshu, I suddenly found myself staring into the eyes of a tiger. This came as no surprise: It seemed a quite proper way to end our journey, first by the Trans-Siberian Railway, 9,300 km from Moscow to Vladivostok, and then another 1,160 km with the ferry across the Sea of Japan. The weirdnesses of that journey, in fact, seemed perfectly in keeping with a giant cat roaring at me in the middle of a windswept, monochrome harbor…


Arrivals and Departures: A Trans-Siberian Journey

The Magnum photographer Jacob Aue Sobol rode the Trans-Siberian Railway through Russia, Mongolia, and China to create his new series, “Arrivals and Departures.” “The work,” he explains, “is a travel through time. Mile by mile, we cross the post-Communist superpowers and gradually move closer to something that once was distant and exotic.”…


Wheels set in motion for London-Tokyo train link

The journey was just a dream – until last week, when a delegation of officials from Russia and Japan met to finalise the plan…


Travelling the Trans-Siberian

From Moscow to the eastern borders of China, the world’s longest railway line – the Trans-Siberian, stretches for more than 9,000 kilometres; a truly great railway journey – in this edition of Russian Life…


Traveller’s diary: The Trans-Siberian railway

Unless you made all the way in the third class, and unless you visited every major city along the road, you haven’t really seen the Trans-Siberian…


Lake Baikal, Siberia – Russia’s Galapagos

All who leave Moscow on the Trans-Siberian Railway stop at Irkutsk, the closest city from which to visit Siberia’s jewel, Lake Baikal. This world renowned lake is located just before the dividing point where travelers by rail choose one of three routes to complete their epic journey…


Seven Days on a Train: How to Keep Busy on the Trans-Siberian Railway

Many a traveler has the ambition of crossing Russia on the Trans-Siberian railway. After devouring Paul Theroux’s railway travelogues and then falling in love with a glossy hardcover version of a TV series called Red Express, I knew that the week-long trip from Vladivostok to Moscow was the ultimate journey for me…


How to Travel the Trans-Siberian Railway

The Trans-Siberian Railway is one of the most famous train journeys in the world. For me, it was the highlight of the three months I spent in Russia. I traveled in reverse, going from Vladivostok to Moscow (most people start in Moscow) and went slowly, taking nearly a month to complete the journey and stopping in five cities along the way…


Journey of a lifetime the Trans-Siberian Railway

Spanning seven time zones and nearly 10,000 kilometers, surviving harsh Siberian winters and traversing some of the world’s most inhospitable terrains, the Trans-Siberian railway is one of history’s greatest engineering feats and a testament to ambition and sacrifice. Yet to the ordinary Russian, it is nothing more than a mode of transport, a means for them to visit relatives, go on holiday or relocate…


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