I like riding the trains, I think that may be my favorite thing about Japan.
Had some really nice views of the ocean on the way, and the weather really cooperated (just inland it got pretty cloudy and nasty-looking, but along the shore it was sunny almost the whole way). I've always been fond of rocky shorelines, and some of the shore along Niigata is really spectacular (better, even, than I'd hoped). Most of the ride was more or less along the coast, although a couple stretches wandered significantly inland (those bits weren't as interesting).
I kinda like those giant piles of, er, giant jacks they use to build breakwaters out here. Some of them are pretty cool looking.
I don't know why, but for some reason, all the trees along the coast in Akita seem to lean north. I guess the wind goes that way, but it's still kind of odd.
I'm starting to think that power lines are Japan's number two cash crop (after rice, of course), judging by all the power lines that seem to grow from the paddies.
"Dinner rolls" with margarine filling aren't as nasty as you'd think. Next time, though, I'll pass.
So, need to find dinner, will probably crash early so I can either hit Oga or Kakunodate in the morning, depending on how the weather looks.